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Wednesday 9 May 2018
telegraph.co.uk
No 50,688 £ 1.80
Heavenly bodies
What did they wear
to the Met Ball?
Plus
How to solve
the summer
shoe dilemma
Andy Murray
Injured star
likely to miss
Wimbledon
Fashion & Fea
Features, pages 20 & 21
Page 20
Sport, page 10
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
‘When I make
promises,
I keep them’
Trump fulfils election pledge to pull out of Iran deal
US to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Tehran
By Ben Riley-Smith, Raf Sanchez,
Nick Allen and Rozina Sabur in
Washington
DONALD TRUMP pulled the United
States out of the Iran nuclear deal
yesterday, reimposing sanctions on
Tehran and delivering on an election
campaign promise.
The president said the “defective”
2015 agreement would not stop Iran
developing a nuclear bomb and signed
a memorandum enacting America’s
withdrawal.
Iran has been accused of failing to be
honest about its nuclear ambitions
while supporting terrorist groups and
acting in an increasingly hostile way
across the Middle East.
Britain, France and Germany condemned America’s decision and promised to stand by the agreement,
claiming it was the only way to prevent
a Middle East nuclear arms race. However, Israel, which released intelligence on Iran’s nuclear programme
last week, joined several Arab nations
in welcoming the announcement.
Mr Trump said: “It is clear to me that
we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear
bomb under the decaying and rotten
structure of the current agreement.
“The Iran deal is defective at its core.
If we do nothing, we know exactly
what will happen. In just a short period
of time the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous
weapon. Therefore I am announcing
today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
The president added: “Any nation
that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear
weapons could also be strongly sanc-
INSIDE
Con
Coughlin:
Why
Tehran’s
aggression
buried this
deal Page 17
tioned by the United States.” Hassan
Rouhani, the Iranian president,
warned that if negotiations with other
partners to the deal failed, then the
country’s uranium enrichment programme would restart. Shortly after
the US announcement, the Syrian regime accused Israel of carrying out an
airstrike near a military base south of
Damascus used by Iranian forces.
The decision to reimpose sanctions
raises fears that European companies
that trade with the Iranian government
and do business in America could be
caught up in the action if they do not
curtail their dealings with Iran.
Mr Trump has long been a critic of
the nuclear deal, which was signed by
his predecessor, Barack Obama, and
lifted sanctions in return for the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme
being curbed. Mr Obama criticised the
decision last night as a “serious mistake”.
Mr Trump said he was open to striking a new, wider deal with Iran that
would address behaviour such as the
country’s ballistic missiles programme
and involvement in Syria and Yemen.
He said he wanted a “real, comprehensive and lasting solution” that
would thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
He also made it clear that he was delivering on an election campaign pledge,
saying: “The United States no longer
makes empty threats. When I make
promises, I keep them.”
Mr Trump also said there was
“definitive proof ” that Iran’s claims
that its nuclear energy programme was
only for peaceful purposes was a “lie”.
The comment echoed allegations made
by Israel last week. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
the UN nuclear watchdog, has repeat-
JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
Britain, France and Germany condemn decision
Donald Trump told
the world’s press at
the White House
that the nuclear
deal was ‘rotten’
and ‘defective’
edly insisted that Iran is in compliance
with the terms of the 2015 deal.
The re-imposition of sanctions will
come into effect between three and six
months from now. They will include
sanctions on Iranian oil exports, the
country’s central bank and businesses.
Some European companies are exploring ways to continue doing business in
Iran after making significant investments over the past three years.
Britain, France and Germany issued
a joint statement saying they “regret”
the decision and making clear they
would remain parties to the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The statement said:
“Our governments remain committed
to ensuring the agreement is upheld,
and will work with all the remaining
parties to the deal to ensure this
remains the case, including through
ensuring the continuing economic
benefits to the Iranian people that are
linked to the agreement.
It went on: “We encourage Iran to
show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Iran must continue to
meet its own obligations under the
deal, cooperating fully and in a timely
Continued on Page 2
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Cabinet split over Troubles amnesty refusal Brittle bone drug could cure baldness
BRITISH troops will be denied amnesty
from prosecution for deaths during the
Troubles under Government proposals
that have caused a Cabinet split.
A consultation document being
drawn up by the Northern Ireland Office on how to handle historic killings
will rule out protection for Armed
Forces veterans. Campaigners had
wanted a statute of limitations imposed
that would have ruled out what they
think is a “witch hunt” against veterans
who now fear prosecution for deaths
committed almost 50 years ago.
Two former British paratroopers,
who cannot be identified, are already to
stand trial for the murder of an Official
IRA commander in Belfast 46 years ago,
while Dennis Hutchings, 77, another
veteran, has been charged with attempted murder over the death of a man
with learning difficulties in 1974. Karen
Bradley, the Northern Ireland Secretary, disclosed to Cabinet colleagues her
proposals for conducting historic investigations into offences during the Troubles that included ruling out a time limit
on prosecutions of servicemen, many of
whom are in their 70s.
The Daily Telegraph has been told that
four Cabinet colleagues expressed misgivings, led by Gavin Williamson, the
Continued on Page 2
NEWS BRIEFING
news
news
By Robert Mendick
and Gordon Rayner
Puzzles
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By Sarah Knapton Science editor
A CURE for baldness could be on the
horizon after British scientists discovered that an osteoporosis treatment
stimulates hair growth three times
quicker than other drugs.
Around four in 10 men suffer pattern
baldness by the age of 45 and two thirds
by the age of 60. Only two drugs are
now used to treat the condition but
both have side effects and can
Cases reviewed after
Ticket prices could
rise in rail fare reform
18 Met’s ‘botched’ tests
Yard has admitted one of its
An overhaul of rail fares could result
27 Scotland
forensic scientists could have botched in the price of tickets increasing,
industry
sources have admitted. Rail
vital
examinations
leading
to
urgent
29 reviews of more than 30 criminal
companies announced plans to rethink
the way fares are calculated to remove
– including 21 rape and
31 investigations
anomalies that make it cheaper to buy
sex assault cases. A total of 33 cases,
dating back to 2012, could have been
compromised. The scientist was
suspended after the issue was
discovered. It is still unclear whether
any of the cases involved resulted in
suspects being wrongly convicted or
victims being denied justice.
Page 2
two tickets on some journeys. The Rail
Delivery Group, which represents
train companies and Network Rail,
said the review would not mean that
average fares would have to increase
and would not require any extra
taxpayers’ money.
Page 10
‘Cheese sandwich?
It’s cheaper if you buy
the bread here and get the
cheese at the next station’
often produce disappointing results.
To find a new treatment, scientists at
the University of Manchester studied a
cancer drug called CsA that produces
embarrassing unwanted hair growth.
They discovered it worked by reducing
the activity of a protein – SFRP1 – that
prevents the growth of hair follicles.
CsA itself is not suitable as a baldness
treatment because of its extreme sideeffects, however, scientists found that a
drug designed to treat osteoporosis –
WAY-316606 – was even better at targeting the protein. In tests, follicles
from patients undergoing hair transplant surgery were treated and quickly
went into the active phase of growth,
sprouting 2mm within just six days.
Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, the lead scientist, said the results suggested that
WAY-316606 “could be an effective
therapeutic option for treating human
hair growth disorders”. The research
was published in PLOS Biology.
sport
comment
Saints victory leaves
Swansea on the edge
Philip Johnston
Southampton all-but secured Premier
League safety after defeating
relegation rivals Swansea City 1-0. The
two sides were level on 33 points
before last night’s match, but the
Saints are now three points clear with
a far superior goal difference. Swansea
must now beat Stoke on Sunday while
hoping that either Southampton lose
heavily or Huddersfield Town fail to
gain any points from their final two
matches. The result meant West Brom
were relegated.
Sport, pages 2-3
MPs pushing for
more regulation want
a fettered and cowed
press
Page 16
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Migrants were deported by mistake, admits Home Office
By Kate McCann
SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
A “HANDFUL” of people have been deported by mistake over the past six
years, the Home Office has admitted.
Hugh Ind, the director general of immigration enforcement, told MPs that
“up to five” people had been wrongly
removed from Britain but could not say
how many may have been detained by
mistake.
He also acknowledged that there
was a “deep problem” with wrongful
immigration detentions and admitted
around £3.3 million in compensation
was paid out to people last year.
It came as Sir Philip Rutnam, the
permanent secretary at the Home Office, admitted he was not an expert on
immigration, and was branded “slippery” by MPs on the home affairs select
committee for appearing to deny targets for deportations existed. He instead claimed there were “aims”.
Caroline Nokes, the immigration
minister, told the committee, chaired
by Yvette Cooper, that up to 8,000 people may have been wrongly detained or
deported as part of the Windrush scan-
dal but that the Home Office had yet to
deliver a firm number.
She also denied knowing about cases
of wrongful deportation and was later
questioned over her ignorance when
both Mr Ind and Sir Philip admitted
they did know about migrants being
forced to leave by mistake.
Ms Cooper said it was “an insult to
this committee for you to appear be-
fore us ... not having some of the most
basic details to hand for some of the
questions we have asked”.
Controversy over the treatment of immigrants, especially the Commonwealth
citizens who settled in the UK before
1973. led to the resignation of home secretary Amber Rudd last month after
she gave misleading information to a
previous session of the committee.
Met reviews 30
inquiries after
‘botched’ sex
assault tests
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
MORE than 30 criminal investigations
– including 21 rape and sex assault
cases – are being urgently reviewed
after Scotland Yard admitted one of its
forensic scientists could have botched
vital examinations.
A total of 33 cases, dating back to
2012, could have been compromised after the scientist allegedly failed to carry
out vital tests and also lied to detectives
about her work. She was suspended in
March after the issue was discovered.
A spokesman said an urgent investigation into the cases was being carried
out with those affected being contacted by officers. It remains unclear
whether any of the cases involved resulted in suspects being wrongly convicted or victims being denied justice.
While the majority of the cases
involved sex assault allegations, there
were also a dozen relating to violence,
burglary and drugs offences.
Forensic evidence is often the
central plank of a prosecution case and
is vital in ensuring the justice system
works smoothly.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “It
is alleged that a forensic scientist working within the Met’s Forensic Services
did not complete the requisite forensic
examinations and in some case wrongly
informed investigators about the progress of forensic examinations. We are
A suspected ‘acid attack’ victim had a
noxious substance sprayed in her
mouth while on a bus yesterday.
The incident in Brixton comes amid
a surge in violence in London over the
bank holiday weekend, which saw an
innocent 13-year-old boy shot in the
head as part of a spate of stabbings and
shootings. The woman, in her 20s, was
deliberately targeted, the Met Police
said yesterday as they began their
search to find the lone suspect.
Firefighters rushed to her aid by
hosing her down with water.
A police spokesman said: “The
woman injured on the bus as a result
of the suspected noxious substance
has been taken to hospital. Her
condition is not life-changing or
life-threatening.”
Advertising industry chiefs have been
accused of presiding over a “shocking
sham” that fails to protect children
from online ads.
Health campaigners claim record
obesity levels are being fuelled by junk
food ads on Google, YouTube and
social networks, saying they were not
properly regulated and should be
treated like porn – with access barred
to all under-18s. But, in an inquiry on
childhood obesity, MPs took evidence
from executives, including Stephen
Woodford, the head of the Advertising
Association, who denied the industry
was responsible for the health crisis.
“Advertising has a small impact on
food preferences but it has even less
impact on obesity,” he said.
urgently conducting a review to understand whether there is any risk to the
criminal justice process and to take remedial action where necessary.”
A major audit of all scientists’ work
within the Met is now taking place and
the matter has been referred to the
Forensic Science Regulator.
The scandal comes at a time of
increasing concern over the provision
of forensic services in investigations.
Responsibility for forensic work was
privatised six years ago when the government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS) was closed.
In January the private firm, Key Forensic Services, collapsed, potentially
affecting thousands of cases, while the
Randox forensics laboratory in Man-
Phones4U founder must
pay partner £500,000
The billionaire founder of Phones4U
has lost a court battle against his
former financial adviser and must pay
her £500,000 for her wrongful
dismissal.
John Caudwell and Nathalie Dauriac,
a former Coutts banker, became
embroiled in a dispute after setting up a
wealth management firm.
The company accused her of fiddling
expenses and said she was guilty of
gross misconduct in dismissing her.
However, Mr Justice Marcus Smith
at the High Court concluded that Ms
Dauriac had been “constructively
dismissed”, and that there had been
“no proper determination” of the value
of her shares, to which she was
entitled about £500,000.
‘We are urgently conducting
a review to understand
whether there is any risk to
the criminal justice process’
chester was hit by allegations of data
manipulation.
Earlier this year Dr Gillian Tully, the
forensic science regulator, warned that
cuts in funding were having a negative
impact on the sector.
It is the latest scandal to hit the Met’s
sexual offences unit, which launched a
review of all ongoing rape cases last
year amid claims that crucial evidence
might have been withheld during prosecutions.
Problems were first identified in December when two trials collapsed after
it emerged that a detective had failed to
disclose material that proved the innocence of the accused men.
Woman on bus has ‘acid’
sprayed in her mouth
Online junk food ads
‘fuelling child obesity’
DAVE J HOGAN/GETTY IMAGES
Scotland Yard admits vital
examinations could have
been compromised by
force forensic scientist
NEWS BULLETIN
Sheer delight The Irish actress Saoirse Ronan steps out in a little black dress to attend a
special screening of On Chesil Beach, her latest film, at the Curzon Mayfair cinema.
Israel praises Trump’s
‘bold’ withdrawal
Continued from Page 1
manner with IEAE inspection requirements.” EU leaders are expected to
meet within days to discuss how the
deal can be rescued.
Mr Rouhani denounced Mr Trump’s
speech as “psychological warfare” and
said his country would not bow to pressure: “Our people have always been
victorious in the face of conspiracies
and we will also emerge victorious at
this juncture.” But he added: “I have
ordered Iran’s atomic organisation that
whenever it is needed, we will start
enriching uranium more than before.”
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli
prime minister and a leading critic of
the deal, said Mr Trump had made a
“brave and correct decision” to withdraw from it. “Israel fully supports
President Trump’s bold decision today
to reject the disastrous nuclear deal,”
Mr Netanyahu said in a speech shortly
after Mr Trump’s address.
The Israeli leader has consistently
warned that the deal would pave the
way for Iran to build an arsenal of
nuclear weapons.
Shortly before Mr Trump’s speech,
Israel’s military said it had detected
“irregular activity of Iranian forces in
Syria” and ordered Israelis in the Golan
Heights to ready their bomb shelters.
Israeli officials have been saying for
several weeks that they expected Iran
to retaliate for a suspected Israeli strike
against the T4 airbase in Syria, in which
seven Iranians were killed.
Nuclear reaction How US
sanctions affect the deal
What sanctions
are being
imposed? The
US was waiving
sanctions on
Iranian oil
exports and its
Central Bank as
well as against
an array of
Iranian business
sectors, firms
and individuals.
Mr Trump
decided to
restore all these.
Do the sanctions
come into effect
immediately?
No. There is a
“wind down”
period of 90 to
180 days.
Can the deal
survive? The
deal is multilateral. Iran has
said Mr Trump’s
decision is a US
violation of the
accord and that
it wants to
continue to
work with the
UK, France and
Germany.
Could a new deal
be negotiated?
Mr Trump said
he is willing to
negotiate a new
deal that would
mean “great
things could
happen” for
Iran. Tehran
previously said
there was no
room for
renegotiation.
Could this lead
to nuclear arms
race? If the deal
collapses, Iran
could restart
uranium
enrichment and
freeze out
inspectors.
Saudi Arabia
could then start
developing
nuclear
weapons, and
Israel could
launch
airstrikes
against Iran.
Northern Ireland parties
oppose time limit on cases
Continued from Page 1
Defence Secretary, along with Liam
Fox, Boris Johnson and David Davis.
Mr Williamson is understood to have
expressed his “grave concern” that the
refusal to give an amnesty would lead
to a witch hunt of Northern Ireland
veterans. The issue is problematic,
with any time limit on prosecutions in
Northern Ireland opposed by both
Sinn Fein – which wants to see soldiers
held to account for alleged unlawful
killings – and the Democratic Unionist
Party (DUP).
The DUP insists that an amnesty for
troops in Northern Ireland would be
used by former IRA terrorists. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP MP, said: “If
you put a statute of limitations into
Northern Ireland legislation then im-
mediately you will get IRA terrorists
seeking to be covered. We want UK
legislation that would also cover conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
But a number of Conservative MPs
are appalled that troops continue to be
investigated. Johnny Mercer, a former
Army captain and member of the defence committee that published a report into the pursuit of troops over
Iraqi deaths, said: “I’m afraid this is not
acceptable, it’s as simple as that.”
Alan Barry, who runs Justice for
Northern Ireland Veterans, said: “It is
tragic that the Government is not even
willing to consider a statute of limitations.” Over the past year, a possible
amnesty has won support amid claims
the prosecutions of former British soldiers are tantamount to a witch hunt.
Health regulator to
assess Scots alcohol law
Public Health England will be
watching how the policy of minimum
unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland
unfolds “like a hawk”, a health
minister has said in an effort to tackle
wider alcohol abuse elsewhere.
Steve Brine said that while a
previous consultation had found the
evidence was not conclusive, the
policy was kept under review as part
of efforts to tackle alcohol abuse.
This month the Scottish
government introduced a new
minimum price of 50p per unit of
alcohol, becoming the first country in
the world to introduce such a policy.
Mr Brine said: “What’s happening in
Scotland is very welcome. We’ll be
watching [it] like a hawk.”
Bodybuilder claiming
benefits caught in gym
An amateur bodybuilder must pay
£35,000 after he was filmed pumping
iron while claiming a back injury had
left him wheelchair-bound.
Curt Gorog, of Huddersfield, tried
to claim a £150,000 payout for an
injury sustained in 2012 which he said
left him disabled.
Until March 2016 he attended
benefits assessments in a wheelchair
and claimed over £50,000 in welfare
payments. But a surveillance obtained
by QBE Insurance and law firm DWF
showed Gorog completing a weight
routine in his local gym.
The presiding judge at Manchester
County Court ordered Gorog to pay
£35,000 in legal fees.
Corrections and
clarifications
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Mr Mohammed Kozbar issued a libel
claim in relation to an article
published on March 13 2016 headed
“Corbyn and the mosque leader who
blames the UK for Isil”. The court
ruled that the article was defamatory
of Mr Kozbar. The Daily Telegraph has
accepted an offer to settle the claim by
payment of substantial damages and
his costs to be agreed. A statement on
the case will be read in court by
solicitors for Mr Kozbar.
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News
Schoolboy cricketers’ six-hitting leaves
mother fearing for five-year-old’s life
“I just feel really upset that
hat
att
they’ve been told about the
e
balls going over and nothing has been done,” she
e
said. “I know that you
u
can have netting
g
around the pitches.
pitchess.
It’s also about the
e
safety of the students at the school
– obviously it’s not
big enough to play
a game of cricket,
because the balls
keep coming over
the fence.
“I just think the
way it’s been dealt
with is not professional and it should
have been done
before.”
The accident left
Harry with severe
concussion, a swollen
nose and black eyes.
His family say he has
been suffering from
hearing and sight problems since the incident.
Mrs Butt added: “It
sounded like a bomb had
gone off – my little boy was
on the floor. We were all in
shock and he was dazed. We
took him to A&E and we were
admitted to hospital.
“He was violently sick,
had really bad concussion
and the consultant
Youngster suffered severe
concussion after he was
struck in the face by stray
ball while visiting friends
By Francesca Marshall
LEEMCLEAN/BNPS; GOOGLE MAPS
IT IS enough of a shock for a parent to
ed
learn their child has been injured
ole
playing sport at school, but a whole
ess
different level of distress to witness
ith
your young son get hit in the face with
en
a cricket ball, when he wasn’t even
taking part in the game.
ne
That is what happened to one
old
mother whose son – five-year-old
veHarry Butt – was standing on the drivena
way of a family friend’s home when
ool
cricket ball from the nearby school
nd
playing fields sailed over the fence and
hit him in the face. Michelle Butt had
taken her son and her 12-year-old twin
daughters to visit friends before heading off for a camping trip to Weymouth.
They were on the drive of the house
in Dorset when the ball from Poole
Grammar School whistled past Mrs
Butt’s ear and struck Harry.
Now the five-year-old’s family are
demanding safety improvements at the
school claiming “the next victim might
not be so lucky”.
With the support of local residents,
Mrs Butt is demanding action before
someone else is seriously injured.
The 41-year-old claimed residents on
Haslar Road had been complaining for
years about cricket balls hitting their
cars, conservatories and ending up on
their roofs.
She said action should have been
taken before a child was nearly killed.
Five-year-old Harry
Butt, right, was left
with severe
concussion and
black eyes after
being hit by a
cricket ball from
Poole Grammar
School as he
stood outside a
house in the
town, top
right and
circled
above
Vitamin D in
popular cereals
may not suit
a vegan diet
By Katie Morley
CONSUMER AFFAIRS EDITOR
‘It
sounded
like a
bomb had
gone off
– my little
boy was
on the floor.
We were all
in shock
and he
was dazed’
said if it had hit him anywhere else, he
wouldn’t be here. It hit him on the
forehead, on the side.”
Andy Baker, the headteacher of
Poole Grammar School, said the school
regretted the incident. He told MailOnline: “It was a very unfortunate, oneoff accident. We very much regret the
injury to the little lad and the stress
caused to his family.”
He said the suggestion of safety
netting being installed above the
boundary fence had been looked into
before but the school had been advised
that the local authority would not grant
planning permission.
He added: “I am also not sure how
safe it would be with the wind we get
here. What we are going to do for senior matches, where the boys are that
much bigger and stronger, we will
use another pitch that is further
from the boundary.
“We can’t risk this
happening again.”
Cllr Ray Tindle, who
represents
Canford
Heath West, said he
and Sean Gabriel, a
fellow
ward
councillor, would
work
with
residents and the
school to find a
solution.
He
added:
“The
school
has got to
face up to the
fact that this
is an issue
and something has
to
be
done.”
POPULAR breakfast cereals including
Rice Krispies, Kellogg’s Cornflakes and
Cheerios contain vitamin D that is
made from sheep’s wool grease, it has
emerged, meaning they are unsuitable
for vegans.
It is believed that many of the UK’s
550,000 vegans may have been eating
vitamin D fortified cereals because
they contain no ingredients which are
obviously derived from animals.
While the cereals are marked with a
“suitable for vegetarians” logo, there is
no explicit warning that they are unsuitable for vegans.
Confusingly, other cereals that are
suitable for vegans, such as Nestle’s
Shredded Wheat, carry a vegetarian
logo but not a vegan logo.
Breakfast cereals are often fortified
with vitamin D to improve their nutritional value, because it helps keep
bones, teeth and muscles healthy. The
‘Unfortunately, without
contacting manufacturers,
consumers may not know
which vitamin D is used’
Department of Health says around a
quarter of people in the UK have low
levels of vitamin D, prompting manufacturers to add it to cereals.
In many cases, in order to establish
whether cereals are vegan friendly
consumers would need to check online
or call customer services.
In response, the Vegan Society has
called for clearer labelling of cereals
containing vitamin D3, which is made
from oils taken from sheep’s wool.
A spokesman at the Vegan Society
said: “Many cereals are fortified with
either vitamin D3, from animal fat, or
vitamin D2, which is an animal-free
option. Unfortunately, without contacting the manufacturer, consumers
may not know which has been used.”
The issue has arisen as Kellogg’s
launched a new range of vegan cereals
under a new brand called WK Kellogg.
The healthy, low-sugar and vegan
granolas are designed to compete with
upmarket cereal brands and retail at
around £3.75 per box.
A Kellogg’s spokesman said: “We
provide a choice of cereals, including
the WK Kellogg range. Cereals that
contain Vitamin D are labelled and
follow EU and UK labelling laws.”
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Hugh Grant
woos Tories to
vote for curbs
on the press
Actor attempts to persuade
MPs to back Labour bid for
stricter regulation, despite
Prime Minister’s opposition
By Steven Swinford
and Anna Mikhailova
HUGH GRANT has mounted a charm
offensive on Tory MPs in an attempt to
persuade them to vote for curbs on
press freedoms, as Theresa May
warned that the plans were against
“natural justice”.
Ten Tory MPs are considering
rebelling against the Government
today and backing two Labour amendments that would bring in stricter press
regulation by the back door.
The DUP, the party propping up Theresa May, is also considering backing
the amendments in a move that could
be enough to defeat the Government.
Grant, the actor and a director of
Hacked Off, a campaign group, yesterday held one-on-one meetings in Parliament with Tories considering backing
the amendments to the Data Protection
Bill. The Prime Minister yesterday told
her Cabinet that the Government
remains confident of defeating the
amendments as she warned that they
could “undermine our free press”.
One amendment to the Bill, tabled
by Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy
leader, would force newspapers that
are not members of a state-sanctioned
press regulator to pay all the legal costs
in libel cases brought against them,
regardless of the outcome.
The majority of national and local
newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, have signed up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).
Local newspapers have warned that
the plans could drive them out of business. A second amendment tabled by Ed
Miliband, the former Labour leader,
would force ministers to establish a new
Leveson-style inquiry. The Government is opposing both amendments.
Mrs May said that a second Leveson
inquiry would take “great time and
expense” and was not “a proportionate
solution”. She said that the Government was committed to a voluntary-led
system of regulation, adding that
sanctioning newspapers that were not
members of the official regulator was
“unnecessary and disproportionate”.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman
said: “The amendment on section 40
would force the press to sign up to a
system which has already been outright rejected by the majority of publications. It is also unnecessary and
disproportionate, given we now have
an independent and strengthened system of regulation, with IPSO making
continued improvements, such as the
‘[It] would force the press to
sign up to a system which
has already been rejected by
the majority of publications’
introduction of a mandatory education
scheme in line with Lord Justice
Leveson’s recommendation.
“The Prime Minister said many
would consider it against natural
justice that, even if a newspaper was
found not to be at fault, they could still
end up having to pay costs.”
Tory MPs who could rebel include
Bill Wiggin, Crispin Blunt, Peter Bone
and Kenneth Clarke. Grant yesterday
held at least one meeting with a Tory
MP on press regulation and has met
with others in recent weeks.
He said he will be in Parliament for
another briefing with MPs this morning
alongside “Fleet Street whistleblowers” who will say “why they
believe the press and public should
want to hear the whole story”.
Philip Johnston: Page 16
These amendments would undermine the freedom of our newspapers
Commentary
By Matt Hancock
H
igh-quality news is vital to our
society and democracy. Over
many centuries, our press has
held the powerful to account and been
free to report and investigate without
fear or favour. These principles
underpin our democracy and are
integral to the freedom of our nation.
And yet today, a series of amendments
on press regulation are being raised as
part of the Data Protection Bill, which
would undermine the freedom of our
press and damage the vital work we
are doing to strengthen the future of
high-quality journalism.
The first threat comes from the
proposal to implement “Section 40”.
This would mean that some
publications would risk having to pay
the legal costs for any complaint
against them, whether they won or
lost. So a publication may have to face
court action, even if every single fact
in a story is true and even if there was
a strong public interest in publishing.
Andrew Norfolk, the journalist who
uncovered the Rotherham child abuse
scandal, said that Section 40 would
have made it “near impossible” to do
his job. Local newspapers would face
particular risks, especially when 200
local newspapers have already closed
since 2005.
The second threat from these
amendments is that they would in
effect re-open the Leveson Inquiry in
the area of data protection. The first
Leveson Inquiry lasted over a year and
heard evidence from more than 300
people including journalists, editors
and victims.
This was followed by three major
police investigations which led to
more than 40 criminal convictions.
There were far too many cases of
terrible behaviour and having met
some of the victims, I understand the
impact this had.
However, since that inquiry six
years ago, we have seen some huge
changes to the media landscape. IPSO
now has the power to compel
publishers to make front page
corrections. Last week, it announced it
is creating a compulsory low-cost
arbitration scheme, where claims can
be made for as little as £50.
All the major national newspapers
who are IPSO members have signed
up to this. This means that someone
who has been wronged by a
newspaper can, for the first time, ask
for arbitration of their claim and the
newspaper cannot refuse.
As well as reforms to media
regulation, we have also seen
extensive reforms to policing
practices. And we are proposing some
new amendments to create an even
stronger data protection regime for
journalists.
Taken together, this means Britain
will have the most robust and
accessible system of redress from
press intrusion that it has ever had.
The amendments being proposed
today would threaten our publishers
even more and lead to a darker future
for our high quality press.
Matt Hancock is Secretary of State
for Culture, Media and Sport
Protesting students force Oxford
University to remove PM’s portrait
By Christopher Hope
and Camilla Turner
THERESA
MAY’S
portrait was
removed
by
Oxford
University
following a protest from students and
academics who complained that she
was a “contentious figure” who failed
to show compassion towards migrants.
The Prime Minister’s photograph
had been mounted at Oxford’s School
of Geography and the Environment
last week as a part of a celebration of
the department’s female alumnae.
However, after a protest – channelled
through a social media account called
Not All Geographers – the picture was
removed.
Meanwhile, a picture of Doreen
Massey, a far-Left radical academic
who advised the government of Hugo
Chavez, Venezuela’s former president,
remained in place.
The row echoes the furore over the
refusal to award Margaret Thatcher an
honorary degree in 1985.
In a statement given to Cherwell, the
student newspaper, the Not All
Geographers group said: “Clearly at a
time when there are issues with the
Windrush scandal and the handling of
Brexit, [she is] a contentious figure in a
department with many EU citizens and
decolonial scholars.
“The main, and most basic, issue
comes with the celebration of a sitting
Prime Minister. Should a department
align itself with the power of the day,
when there are those who actively
challenge it?
“For many geographers, the famous
Doreen Massey being placed below her
is also another kick in the teeth.”
A spokesman for the university said
they have temporarily taken down Mrs
May’s portrait to avoid any potential
vandalism attempts, adding that it will
be “re-displayed so it can be seen as
intended” in due course.
Mrs May, who graduated with a second-class degree in geography from St
Hugh’s in 1977, was originally one of 12
alumnae to feature in the display,
which was intended to “aim to inspire
the next generation of women
geographers to aim high in their future
careers”.
But the decision to display Mrs May’s
photograph was criticised by some
students, who wrote messages on
pieces of paper around the picture.
One wrote “School of Geography or
Hostile Environment”, referring to Mrs
May’s approach to illegal immigration
when she was Home Secretary. An-
The photograph of
Theresa May
surrounded by
student protest
notes at Oxford
University.
The portrait
was removed
other message said: “Let in every
refugee, throw the Tories in the sea.”
Sam Gyimah, the universities
minister who attended Oxford, said
that the protest was “utterly ridiculous”
adding that “now even portraits are
being no-platformed”.
Bim Afolami, a Conservative MP and
also an Oxford graduate, added: “The
absurdity of this. What is happening to
this great university?
“I’m ashamed that my alma mater
has allowed this to happen. They
should reverse the decision ASAP.”
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The show’s
over Barbers
Shop, the
Queen’s
successful
chaser who
has pursued a
top showing
career, is to
retire from
the ring at the
age of 16 in a
special
ceremony at
the Royal
Windsor
Horse Show
on Sunday.
The horse,
pictured with
Katie Jerram
Hunnabale,
was a gift from
the Queen
Mother.
5
Johnson feels the wrath of May
after dismissing her ‘crazy’ plan
PM tells Foreign Secretary
to remember his ‘Cabinet
responsibilities’ as rift over
customs deal deepens
By Gordon Rayner POLITICAL EDITOR
BORIS JOHNSON has been admonished by Theresa May and reminded of
his Cabinet responsibilities after he
called the Prime Minister’s post-Brexit
customs plan “crazy”.
Downing Street pointed out that the
Foreign Secretary had signed up to Mrs
May’s Mansion House speech on Brexit,
which included the option of a customs
partnership with the EU – an option he
now vehemently opposes.
A former Conservative attorney
general suggested that Mr Johnson
should resign if he disagreed with the
policy, but sources close to Mr Johnson
insisted he was staying put.
Eurosceptic ministers fear Mrs May
is about to bypass her Brexit “war
Cabinet” by asking the full Cabinet to
back her preferred option of a customs
partnership with Brussels.
Mrs May has postponed plans to
discuss Britain’s future customs ar-
Sources close to Boris Johnson say he is not planning to resign
rangements with her Brexit subcommittee tomorrow, having been
outnumbered 6-5 last week by those
who opposed the partnership idea.
The
majority
preferred
the
alternative “Max FAC” option, which
uses new technology and trustedtrader schemes to avoid the introduction of a hard border with Europe.
Brexiteers have warned Mrs May
that she could face a revolt – and even a
leadership contest – if she tries to
‘Mr Johnson’s
decision to speak out
was regrettable and
I don’t think he is, in
any way, inhibited
by normal propriety
in government.’
steamroller opponents of the plan.
During a visit to America over the
weekend, Mr Johnson claimed Mrs
May’s preferred option – which
involves Britain collecting tariffs on
behalf of the EU – would not amount to
taking back control of borders, money
or laws.
Dominic Grieve, the Conservative
former attorney general, said Mr
Johnson’s decision to speak out was
“regrettable” and that “I don’t think he
is, in any way, inhibited by normal
propriety in government”.
He told the BBC: “I have an old
fashioned view of what Cabinet
responsibility entails, which is that the
discussions within government on any
given matter are confidential until the
time is reached that the government
has a collective position.
“And if you don’t like the collective
position, you at that stage have to resign. I can well understand that seeing
the difficult issues that we are having to
confront, which are very divisive, the
Prime Minister should accept these
rather
extraordinary
bursts
of
misbehaviour by Boris.”
Shanker Singham: Page 16
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Peers vote to remove exit date from flagship Brexit Bill
By Jack Maidment
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
EDDIE MULHOLLAND FOR THE TELEGRAPH
PEERS have voted to remove the date
Britain leaves the EU from the Government’s flagship withdrawal legislation.
The Government had defined the
point of Brexit as 11pm on March 29,
2019 in its European Union (With-
It’s a shame she was not
in the Lords to hear this
Sketch
By Michael Deacon
I
t seems silly now.
Actually, it seemed fairly
silly even at the time, but
events since have only made
it look sillier. How strange it
feels, to recall that on Feb
20 2017, Theresa May strode
into the House of Lords and
took up position beside the
throne, just as peers began
their first debate on Brexit.
Her aim was obvious. She
meant to intimidate peers.
To deter them from
contradicting her. To show
them who was boss.
Fifteen months later, it
seems reasonable to
conclude that her strategy
has not, on the whole, gone
entirely to plan. Yesterday,
peers inflicted yet another
round of defeats on the
Government over its Brexit
policy. On this occasion, Mrs
May was not present.
Probably for the best. It’s
unlikely she would have
enjoyed herself.
For one thing, she would
quickly have wearied of the
numerous peers rising to
insist that they had no
intention of making trouble.
The Lord Bishop of Leeds
protested that he was not “a
hypocritical Remoaner
intent on sabotaging the Bill
and preventing Brexit from
ever happening”; why, he
merely wished to “assist the
Government”.
The ninth Duke of
Wellington agreed. “It
should be recognised by
ministers that we are trying
to help the Government,” he
said, with a hurt-looking
frown. That, he explained,
‘She meant to
intimidate peers. To
deter them from
contradicting her’
was why he wanted the
Government to delete the
official leaving date of
March 29 2019 from the
Brexit Bill; it was simply to
give ministers “the
opportunity to think again”,
just in case for any reason
they needed to delay Brexit
a bit. That was all. He was
only trying to help. Couldn’t
the Government see?
Honestly. You’d think they’d
be grateful.
Some peers, however,
openly dared to dream that
Brexit could be stopped.
Voters were experiencing
“a firm feeling of second
Thornberry wants
UK in customs union
By Jack Maidment
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
EMILY THORNBERRY, the
shadow foreign secretary,
yesterday plunged Labour’s
Brexit policy into fresh chaos
by saying that she wants the
UK to stay in the customs
union after Britain leaves the
European Union.
This is despite Labour’s
official position being that
the UK should strike a customs union deal, which
would give Britain a say over
future trade deals.
Meanwhile, Ms Thornberry suggested Labour
wanted the UK to “end up in
the same place” as Norway in
terms of its future relation-
ship with Brussels – in the
European Economic Area
which allows it to be part of
the single market.
Jeremy Corbyn had set out
Emily
Thornberry
went against
official Labour
policy over a
customs union
Labour’s Brexit position on
the customs union in February when he said his party
would seek “a new comprehensive UK-EU customs
union to ensure that there
are no tariffs with Europe”.
thoughts”, declared crossbencher Lord Dykes. He
didn’t actually supply any
evidence of this, but Lord
Foulkes of Cumnock
(Labour) was clearly
convinced. “I’m certain we
are not going to be leaving,”
he trumpeted. So certain, in
fact, that he offered to bet
Lord Callanan – a Brexit
minister – £10 that the UK
would still be in the EU on
March 30 2019.
Lord Callanan declined.
He wasn’t sure “whether the
rules of the House permit
gambling”, he explained.
As the debate wore on,
the mood grew volatile.
Lord Forsyth (a Tory
Brexiteer) sounded livid. His
fellow peers, he snarled,
were undermining the
Government.
“If anybody’s
undermining the
Government, it’s the
Foreign Secretary!” barked
Lord Cormack (a Tory
Remainer). The Cabinet, he
snapped, had been “rent
asunder” by Boris Johnson
telling a newspaper that
morning that Mrs May’s
customs plan was “crazy”.
On second thoughts: what
a pity Mrs May wasn’t
present this time. At that
particular moment, at least,
it would have been
fascinating to see her face.
MP quits the
Commons to
join City Hall
A FORMER Labour frontbencher has announced she
is resigning as an MP after
being targeted by Momentum activists and facing calls
of deselection.
Heidi Alexander, the former shadow health secretary, said she would be
quitting to take over the
“huge job” of deputy mayor
for transport at City Hall.
The Lewisham MP left the
shadow cabinet in 2016. She
was this week branded a
“bastion of the Labour
Right” by her local party.
Meanwhile,
Debbie
Abrahams was sacked as
shadow work and pensions
secretary over bullying
claims, which she denies.
drawal) Bill. But peers voted 311 to 233,
a majority of 78, to remove the date in
what was the Government’s 12th defeat
in the Lords on Brexit.
The deletion bid was led by the Duke
of Wellington, who said he was trying
to help and not “thwart the process”.
Peers had likened the formal Brexit
date to a “straitjacket”. But Lord Calla-
14
The number of defeats inflicted
on the Government by peers
on aspects of the Brexit Bill
nan, a Brexit minister, insisted he saw
“no reason” to delete the date as it
might affect “whether we leave the EU
in a smooth and orderly fashion”.
The Government later suffered its
14th defeat in total, as peers backed retaining key aspects of the single market
by continued participation in the European Economic Area by 245 to 218.
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018
7
News
Cate Blanchett:
Glamour does
not preclude
intelligence
RED carpet glamour should continue
in the #MeToo era because “being
attractive doesn’t preclude being
intelligent”, Cate Blanchett has said at
the launch the Cannes Film Festival.
This year’s festival has begun on a
serious note, with all delegates given a
hotline number to report instances of
sexual misconduct.
Blanchett is president of the femaledominated jury and was asked if the
glamour of Cannes was out of step with
the sober mood that has taken over the
film industry in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and
other powerful men in the industry.
She said: “Being attractive doesn’t
preclude being intelligent. This is, by
its very nature, a glamorous, fantastic,
spectacular festival.”
The actress could not hide her
frustration when a reporter directed a
question to the “film-makers” on the
jury, excluding actresses Lea Seydoux
and Kristen Stewart. “Actresses: don’t
answer that, because you have no idea,”
she said coolly.
Only three of the 21 films in competition are directed by women. Blanchett
said: “Would I like to see more women
in competition? Absolutely. Would I
expect and hope that that’s going to
happen in the future? I hope so.”
She added: “There are several
women in competition. But they’re not
there because of their gender. They are
there because of the quality of their
work. We will assess them as
filmmakers, as we should.”
Thierry Fremaux, director of the festival, said the allegations against Weinstein had forced organisers to examine
their practices. “It isn’t just the Cannes
Film Festival that’s going to change.
The whole world has changed,” he said.
ANDREAS RENTZ/GETTY IMAGES
By Anita Singh
Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett, Lea Seydoux and Khadja Nin, members of the Cannes Film Festival jury
Parkinson’s disabled daughter faces eviction
High Court is told family of
late Tory peer had stopped
maintenance payments
to child from Keays affair
By Robert Mendick CHIEF REPORTER
CECIL PARKINSON’S disabled daughter is in danger of eviction from her
home after the politician’s family
stopped maintenance payments two
years ago, the High Court has heard.
Flora Keays, 34, who has severe
mental and physical disabilities, is living in “serious financial hardship”, the
court was told yesterday.
Lord Parkinson had a protracted legal battle with his former mistress, Sara
Keays, and was eventually ordered to
pay £20,000 a year in maintenance.
However, the payments stopped two
months after the Conservative peer’s
death at the age of 84 in January 2016.
The former Tory party chairman had
left his entire estate, valued at
£1,141,310, to his wife, Lady Anne Parkinson, and their three daughters
Mary, Emma and Joanna. His daughter
from his affair with Ms Keays was not a
beneficiary of the 2009 will.
Flora Keays was supposed to benefit
from a £350,000 life insurance policy.
Yesterday, the will executors – Lord
Parkinson’s daughter Emma and a solicitor Christopher Lewis – lost a legal
battle to block the appointment of a
lawyer, nominated by Sara Keays, as
Flora Keays’s “litigation friend”. The
role had previously been taken by Sara
Keays, but the executors had objected.
Sara Keays began legal action after
the maintenance payments ceased.
The High Court heard that Ms Keays
Johansson gives Weinstein wife’s
snubbed fashion label new hope
By Anita Singh
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
SCARLETT JOHANSSON has become
the first A-lister to step out wearing
Marchesa, the fashion label run by the
estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein,
the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
Johansson’s surprising choice of
evening wear for the Met Gala was interpreted as a public show of support
for the brand and Georgina Chapman,
its British founder.
Marchesa had been all but written
off after Weinstein’s career imploded
last year amid multiple allegations of
sexual abuse and harassment, despite
Chapman saying that she had left him.
Stories emerged of Weinstein putting pressure on actresses to wear his
wife’s designs on the red carpet.
One leading fashion publicist was
quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as
saying: “No star is ever going to want to
wear the brand again.”
But Johansson’s decision to wear a
burgundy Marchesa gown could be the
first stage in a comeback for Chapman,
Scarlett Johansson
wears a burgundy
Marchesa gown,
giving a boost to
the label run by
Georgina Chapman
who is attempting to salvage her business. The brand was worn by no one at
this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes.
But Chapman is determined to continue. She attended a board meeting of
the Council of Fashion Designers of
America in March and Diane von
Furstenberg, a fellow board member
and influential fashion figure, said the
industry was behind Chapman, adding:
“It’s disturbing when women are penalised for the crimes of an abuser.”
Chapman co-founded Marchesa
with Keren Craig in 2004, the same
year that she met Weinstein. They married in 2007 and have two daughters.
The label was catapulted into the
spotlight in 2007 when Renee Zellweger wore it to the London premiere
of Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason.
Weinstein later admitted to Vogue:
“Maybe I helped, but just very, very
little, with Renee Zellweger.”
Other female stars of Weinstein films
also appeared on the red carpet in Marchesa designs, including Felicity Huffman, who recently confirmed a report
that Weinstein threatened to pull the
marketing budget of Transamerica,
her film, unless she wore a Marchesa
dress at the 2006 Golden Globes.
Meghan can’t wait
to be a mother, her
friend confides
GETTY IMAGES
By Hannah Furness
ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
All white on the night SuRie, Britain’s Eurovision entrant,
performs during dress rehearsals for Saturday’s contest,
the first semi-final of which was held last night in Lisbon.
MEGHAN MARKLE has told friends
she “cannot wait to be a mother”,
saying she “would absolutely love to
have children”, her former agent has
claimed in a documentary.
Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, Ms Markle’s
friend and adviser, revealed the then
actress had shared the news of her dating Prince Harry during a whispered
conversation over lunch and spoken
about her hopes of having a family.
Speaking in Harry and Meghan: A
Love Story, broadcast on Sky One at
9pm tonight, she claims she had once
asked Ms Markle if she “saw children in
her future” when they were travelling
together for work.
“She said to me, ‘I would absolutely
love to have children, I can’t wait to be
a mother’,” Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne said.
Ms Markle is to marry Prince Harry
on May 19 at Windsor Castle, becoming
an official member of the Royal family.
The Prince has previously spoken
regularly about his desire to have children, his affection for his nephews and
niece
Prince
George,
Princess
Charlotte and Prince Louis, and his
godchildren. In November, he said:
“One step at a time and hopefully we’ll
start a family in the near future.”
Lord Parkinson’s
affair with Sarah
Keays forced him
to resign from
Margaret Thatcher’s
Cabinet in 1983
had devoted her life to her daughter’s
care, welfare and education.
In March 2016, lawyers made one
last payment of £5,000 to Ms Keays
and no further payment has since been
made, apart from arrears paid later on
an ad hoc basis, said Master Clark, the
judge. She said: “Ms Keays’s evidence is
that this has placed her, and indirectly
the claimant (Flora), in severe financial
difficulties; resulting in her being unable to meet the mortgage payments
due in respect of the house where she
and the claimant live, or to meet other
essential and pressing needs.”
The judge said that by April 2017, Ms
Keays was facing possession proceedings but was able to pay mortgage arrears with a fee from a press interview.
“Ms Keays’s evidence – which is uncontradicted – is that this has caused
her embarrassment and difficulty with
the mortgagee,” the judge said.
“Ms Keays does express in her evidence anger and frustration that the
support provided by the deceased to
the claimant ... has been abruptly
removed.”
The judge said there was no evidence Ms Keays would spend provision
from Lord Parkinson’s estate other
than for Flora’s benefit.
She added that Ms Keays should be
entitled to choose as litigation friend
the solicitor she preferred and an order
of appointment would be made.
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News
Why now, more than ever, nobody has their own GP
Chance of seeing the same
doctor falls by more than
a quarter since 2012 – in
spite of Hunt’s pledge
By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
of Leicester, who tracked every GP
practice in England which has more
than one doctor, said the sharp decline
in the GP-patient bond was “marked
and widespread” across all socioeconomic backgrounds.
They said the findings, published in
the British Journal of General Practice,
come amid a rise in part-time working
by GPs, an increasing number of locum
doctors, and a proportion in the
amount of NHS spending allocated to
primary care. Drawing on data from
the GP Patient Survey between 2011-12
and 2016-17, concerning 6,243 GP
practices
across
England,
they
concluded
that:
“Relationship
continuity of care declined by 27.5 per
cent over the period 2012-2017.”
Overall, just 27.2 per cent of all
patients were usually able to see the
same doctor – a fall from 37.5 per cent
in 2012. At the same time, overall
satisfaction fell while the number of
patients on practice lists rose.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,
made a pledge in 2013 that elderly
people over the age of 75 would have a
named, accountable GP to take lead
responsibility for the co-ordination of
all services.
But researchers said: “The contractual return to a named doctor has, so
far, not led to improved continuity.”
Latest figures show the number of
hospital admissions is now at a record
high, with more than 16 million a year,
up from 12.7 million 10 years before.
Prof Kamila Hawthorne, vice-chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said
the findings were “disappointing”. She
added: “Continuity of care is at the
heart of general practice and is highly
valued by both patients and GPs alike
– in fact, 80 per cent of UK family
doctors say it is one of the most essential components of general practice.
“We also know it can lead to better
health outcomes for patients and helps
keep the NHS sustainable due to fewer
hospital admissions.”
Caroline Abrahams, charity director
at Age UK, said: “It’s essential that older
people can easily get an appointment
to see a GP. They are often the people
that most rely on the NHS.”
DR MOSTAFA NABAWY / SWNS
PATIENTS are less likely than ever
before to see the same GP at every
appointment, despite Government
pledges to improve continuity of care,
research has found. Five years ago,
ministers pledged to bring back the
“personal link” between patients and
doctors, promising that all older patients should be given a named doctor.
It followed concerns that large numbers of pensioners were ending up in
hospital for lack of proper care from
their GP, with vulnerable people seeing a succession of different doctors.
But the study shows the chance of
seeing the same GP has fallen by more
than a quarter since 2012, with access
to the same doctor worst among the elderly. Researchers from the University
Kim – a regal jumping spider – was filmed leaping between platforms by scientists from the University of Manchester. The groundbreaking footage will help engineers create an army of micro-robots capable of hunting down and destroying pests in farmers’ fields
Spider leaps on demand as scientists develop robot arachnid army
By Sarah Knapton SCIENCE EDITOR
SPIDERS are notorious for making
people jump. But scientists at the
University of Manchester turned the
tables, training a jumping spider to
leap on command.
After several failed attempts with
other spiders, star pupil Kim finally
began to spring from one ledge to an-
other, allowing scientists to record,
monitor and analyse a spider’s movements in high-resolution 3D for the
first time. The aim was to understand
how jumping spiders modify their
speed and trajectory over varying
distances or when leaping upwards.
A jumping spider can leap up to six
times its body length from a standing
start. The best a human can achieve is
about 1.5 body lengths. Researchers
were anxious not to skew the spider’s
behaviour by tempting it to the other
platform with food.
Instead, over several weeks they
placed Kim backwards and forwards
between the ledges until it finally got
the idea of jumping between them. The
footage will be used to help engineers
create an army of agile micro-robots
Cocaine delivery ‘faster than a takeaway pizza’
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
PEOPLE living in England and Scotland can get cocaine delivered to their
front door quicker than a takeaway
pizza, a major global drugs survey has
found.
More than a third of 1,000 cocaine
users surveyed in England and 500
plus in Scotland said they could get the
drug delivered within half an hour –
the fifth and sixth quickest in the world
‘With many cities covered
with CCTV cameras,
traditional street dealing is
becoming less attractive’
rankings. This compares with 12 per
cent of people in England and 20 per
cent in Scotland who said they could
get a pizza delivered in this time. Across
the world, 30 per cent of 15,000 co-
caine users questioned for the 2018
Global Drug Survey said they would be
able to get their hands on the drug
within half an hour.
The report said dealers were competing for customers not only through
product quality but through speed of
delivery.
It said: “With many cities covered
with CCTV cameras, traditional street
dealing is becoming less attractive to
many suppliers and consumers.”
capable of hunting pests, so that
farmers can avoid toxic pesticides.
Dr Mostafa Nabawy, the study’s lead
author, said: “We could have used a
cricket to tempt her ... but we could
only have done that once a week
because spiders don’t eat that often,
and we wanted to film different kinds
of jumps. There is a huge interest in developing jumping robots, but so far re-
search has focused on long distances.
This research could allow robots to be
created that jump shorter distances but
are more accurate when they land.
“It could allow the development of
robot spiders which are capable of
hunting pests, so instead of using pesticides you could have an army of robotic
spiders capable of targeting bugs.”
Researchers found that to jump
shorter distances Kim favoured a
faster, lower trajectory which used up
more energy, but made it more
accurate. Over longer distances, or to
an elevated platform, it jumped in the
most efficient way to reduce energy
used. The study is being published in
Nature Scientific Reports.
Editorial Comment: Page 17
What UK could learn from Japanese social care
By Laura Donnelly
BRITAIN should learn from the Japanese model of social care, which has
compulsory insurance and pensioners
are encouraged to take part in tai chi
and origami to combat loneliness, a
think tank has suggested.
The proposal comes as ministers are
due to publish a Green Paper on the
future of social care this summer.
The Nuffield Trust said Japan had
struggled with the same problems that
are now facing the UK, with hospitals
becoming “de facto nursing homes”.
In 2000, it introduced long-term care
insurance, with compulsory payments
from the age of 40 used to provide care
for those aged over 65. In addition,
those who take up care are expected to
pay 10 to 30 per cent of the cost.
The system has national standards of
eligibility and a commitment to longterm prevention of loneliness. Free
lunch clubs, tai chi classes and workshops are all offered.
Natasha Curry, senior fellow in
health policy at the trust, said: “The
Japanese system is not a ‘silver bullet’
to solving the crisis in social care in
England ... but it offers some important
lessons. [It] suggests there is real value
in embedding transparency and flexibility in the system, helping people
navigate their way around it, and promoting healthy living.”
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News
Supermarkets now
demand £99 deposit
to pay at fuel pumps
By Katie Morley
CONSUMER AFFAIRS EDITOR
SUPERMARKET petrol stations are
starting to charge drivers a £99 deposit
to pay at the pump under a new European-style rule change by Visa and
Mastercard.
The “pre-authorisation charge” is
being introduced to ensure drivers
have enough money to cover the
amount of fuel they put in their cars if
they choose to pay at the pump instead
of at a kiosk.
Last month Asda became the first supermarket to introduce the charge at
three stores, but has been met with
complaints from customers.
One customer claimed the £99
charge was deducted from her bank
balance and not returned for two days.
Although the money is deducted
from the customer’s bank balance or
credit card limit, it is held in limbo but
never actually leaves their account.
Once the payment for the petrol has
cleared the charge will reappear on the
customer’s balance. This can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as two to
three days. It is understood that supermarkets have now put on ice the plans
to introduce the charge following consumer outrage and confusion.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons
have not yet implemented the £99
charge but are “reviewing the situation” and plan to introduce it in the
near future.
It is already over nine months since
Visa and Mastercard changed the rules
last year in line with European standards. Previously rules stated a pre-authorisation charge of £1 should be
taken at petrol pumps.
A spokesman at Mastercard said:
“Last year a change in industry rules
meant that petrol stations with automated fuel pumps were required to
‘Some
customers
may see a
request for
a higher
amount than
the fuel they
bought.’
App that ‘nudges’ you
if you spend too much
By Katie Morley
HSBC has become the first
big British bank to set up an
“open banking app” which
will warn people when they
spend too much on going
out or on clothes.
Designed to help people
manage
their
monthly
budgets, the app – called
Connected Money – lets users see their spending across
30 categories including
groceries, shopping and
utilities. They can see their
current account as well as
online savings accounts,
mortgages, loans and cards
held across several banks.
Customers can currently add
accounts from up to 21
different banks, HSBC said.
A bills calendar helps
people see what payments
are coming up next and a
“balance after bills” feature
so users can see how much
money they will have left
until payday when their
standing orders and direct
debits have been taken out.
In future, the app – available to HSBC current account
customers via the App Store
– will “nudge” people with
savings suggestions based
on their spending habits.
Armed police alerted
over ‘Dad’s Army’ fans
ARMED police stopped a
group of Dad’s Army fans
after
officers
received
reports of a gang carrying
machine guns.
Officers were called to
Chester city centre on Monday after a member of the
public reported seeing men
dressed in combat clothing
and carrying weapons.
But they turned out to be a
group of war history enthusiasts – dressed as Home
Guard soldiers – promoting a
Royal British Legion event.
Their weapons, which
included several machine
guns commonly used in the
Second World War, had
been deactivated.
Cheshire Police tweeted a
picture of the guns, with a
spokesman saying they had
received a report of men
dressed in military uniforms,
carrying replica firearms.
“Officers quickly established
there was no danger to the
public,” it commented.
The Home Guard were a
reserve force of volunteers
made up of people who were
too old or otherwise exempt
from military service.
They
were
famously
portrayed in the BBC sitcom
Dad’s Army.
pre-authorise a value equivalent to a
full tank of fuel, so that customers
didn’t fill up with more fuel than they
could afford. This is designed to protect them, and the petrol station.
“While some customers may see a
request for a higher amount than the
fuel they bought – perhaps on their
mobile banking app – these funds are
not taken from their account. Only the
value of the petrol dispensed is withdrawn.”
A Visa spokesman said: “Visa has
been working closely with card issuing
banks to ensure that consumers do not
experience delays in the adjustment of
the initially held amount, however if
consumers notice that initial amounts
held against their accounts are not adjusted immediately, they should raise
this with their card issuing bank in the
first instance.”
An Asda spokesman said: “Visa and
Mastercard
have
increased
the
minimum pre-authorisation amount at
pay at the pump petrol pumps for all
retailers.”
CAVENDISH PRESS (MANCHESTER) LTD
Card providers rolled out
the pre-authorisation fee
under a European rule
change at some stores
Drink-driver
‘was trying to
escape mother’
Paulina Gancarz said her mother had disapproved of the divorce, which saw her lose her business
A WOMAN who planned to sleep in her
car to escape her mother has been
found guilty of drink-driving.
Paulina Gancarz, who was more than
five times the alcohol limit while at the
wheel of her Mini Cooper, was spared
jail after claiming she had decided to
get away from her mother, with whom
she had a difficult relationship.
Gancarz, 34, who was going through
a divorce, was found slumped at the
wheel in a lay-by after she had been
drinking wine while in the driver’s
seat. The mother of one was arrested
after giving a roadside breath test reading of 182mcg of alcohol in 100ml of
breath – the legal limit being 35mcg.
However, on the day she was due to
appear before court, she was found to
be over three times the limit after she
crashed outside a Mark & Spencer store
near her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire,
at 7am. At Stockport magistrates’ court,
Gancarz, who previously ran her own
accountancy firm, admitted drinkdriving and failing to provide a
specimen of breath.
The court heard an acrimonious split
with her husband had cost her £65,000
in lawyers’ fees. Gancarz was banned
from driving for three years and
ordered to complete a 12-month
community order, 60 hours unpaid
work and pay £170 court costs.
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News
Rail tickets overhaul
Rethink of way travel costs
are calculated intended to
do away with system that
has 55m different fares
By Christopher Hope
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
A MAJOR overhaul of the train ticketing
system could result in fares increasing,
rail industry sources have admitted.
Rail companies unveiled plans yesterday for a complete rethink of the
way tickets are calculated to remove
anomalies in the system that make it
cheaper to buy two single fares on
some journeys. Currently, there are
55 million different fares available on
Britain’s train network.
The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies and Network
Rail, pledged the review would not
mean that average fares would have to
increase and would not require any extra financial support from taxpayers.
It blamed a ticketing system that is
underpinned by pre-internet regulations that are unchanged from the midNineties, and have not kept pace with
technology or how people work and
travel.
The group insisted that “proposals
will be designed to be neutral in overall
revenue terms with no change in average fares, and therefore not requiring
any extra taxpayer support for the railway”. However, rail industry sources
made clear that if more expensive fares
were removed, then cheaper fares
would have to rise to ensure any
changes remain neutral.
An explicit commitment to cutting
train fares is not included in a series of
principles published by the Rail Delivery Group to shape the review.
One source said: “This is not about
us making more money… but some
things are going to go up and some
things are going to go down. There are
going to have to be difficult decisions.”
A Government source warned the industry not to use the reforms to increase
fares, saying “losing cheap fares and putting others up is not a workable proposal”.
Alex Hayman, the managing director
of public markets at Which?, said: “The
rail industry is considered to be one of
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Online hate preachers face
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
HATE preachers who use social media
to peddle their extreme views could
face tougher sentences under new
proposals being considered.
Influential figures who enjoy large
followings on sites such as Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube could face up to
six years in prison if found guilty of
inciting violence or hatred.
The move, which is being considered by the Government, would give
more powers to the courts when
dealing with people convicted of
serious public order offences, allowing
them to hand out tougher punishments
to those in a position of trust, authority
or influence and who use their profile
to stir up hatred. Those who incite
serious violence or persistently offend
could face tougher sentences.
The proposals were drafted after
officials considered the cases of hate
preachers including Abu Hamza and
Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal. Hamza was
convicted of stirring up racial hatred in
2006 and was extradited to the US
where he was jailed for life for terrorism offences.
Faisal was also convicted of stirring
up racial hatred after urging his followers to murder Jews, Hindus and Christians. He was deported to Jamaica.
Concern has been expressed that the
widespread use of social media is
increasingly providing a platform for
extremists to stir up hatred against
people or groups on the grounds of
race, religion or sexual orientation.
Where inflammatory material is
Wrongfully imprisoned men in court battle for compensation
u A man who spent more than seven
years in prison as a teenager in a
miscarriage of justice is fighting for
compensation as he pleads to be seen
as “innocent until proven guilty”.
Lawyers for Sam Hallam and Victor
Nealon, who served 17 years in jail in a
similar case, have taken their legal
battle to the Supreme Court.
Mr Hallam, who was convicted of
murder, and Mr Nealon, who was
found guilty of attempted rape, both
Sam Hallam was
17 years old when
he was jailed
for murder. His
conviction was
quashed in 2012
had applications for compensation
rejected by the Justice Secretary.
Lawyers argued on their behalf that
the Criminal Justice Act 1988, which
governs compensation payments, was
amended in 2014 in a way that violated
the European Convention on Human
Rights – the presumption of innocence
– because it required a person seeking
an award to prove they were innocent.
Their human rights challenges are
now being considered by seven
Supreme Court justices, headed by the
court’s president Lady Hale, who began
hearing the case in London yesterday.
Insurers to warn
Church issues a
Video link court
customers of high warning on future hearings risk
renewal premiums of village schools
unfair sentencing
uProviders of home, car and travel
insurance have agreed to warn
customers if they are on “introductory
deals” that will see their bills soar after
the first year.
The Association of British Insurers
and the British Insurance Brokers’
Association have launched a set of
principles and action points to crack
down on loyal customers potentially
paying excessively more on renewal
than new customers.
The plan applies to products such as
home, motor and travel insurance, but
not pet insurance, and the approach
will be built into firms’ procedures for
determining the premium at renewal.
The announcement comes after
new rules requiring firms to display
the previous year’s premium on
renewal notices.
u The Church of England has warned
that it is becoming increasingly
“difficult to justify” the retention of
some rural schools in the wake of
funding cuts.
It blamed “successive governments”
for failing to ensure enough cash for
schools in rural communities, even at
times when “state funding as a whole
looks relatively healthy”, a report
published by the Church’s education
office said.
“Where a school’s budget is under
pressure and numbers on the roll are
low, it can be difficult to justify a
decision to keep a school open when
significant investment would be
required to bring the building up to
standard,” the report added.
The Church runs 1,264 “very small”
rural schools with fewer than 110 pupils.
u“Skype trials” risk unfairly
punishing defendants, the National
Audit Office has warned.
The regulator said that “virtual
hearings”, which are increasingly
common as part of plans to modernise
the court system, could mean worse
outcomes for those on trial.
Appearing via video link could
“affect both how engaged defendants
are and consequently how they are
perceived by juries and sentencers”, its
report about the planned changes said.
Research from a 2010 pilot carried
out by the Ministry of Justice found
that defendants appearing in court on
video links were more likely to receive
custodial sentences than those
attending in person. It also found that
the £1.2 billion overhaul was behind
schedule and faced funding gaps.
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‘could put up prices’
the least trusted to act in consumers’
best interests – and a complicated ticketing system that leads to many passengers paying rip-off fares has played a
major part in that.
“The consultation is an opportunity
for the rail industry to rebuild trust and
ensure there are better value fares available and much better services to address
passengers’ experiences with confusing
ticketing systems and services.”
A survey by KPMG found that only a
third of passengers were “very confident” that they had bought the best
value ticket for their last train journey.
The Rail Delivery Group yesterday
conceded that passengers are sometimes charged peak fares for off-peak
journeys because of strict rules forcing
them to offer one “through fare” at the
Discrepancies Split savings
Leicester to
Edinburgh: May
18, 7.52am.
Split: Leicester
to Derby (£6.70);
Derby to
Sheffield
(£8.40);
Sheffield to York
(£14.10); York to
Darlington
(£9.10);
Darlington to
Edinburgh
(£45.10).
Total: £83.40
Advance ticket:
£144.10
Saving: £60.70
(42 per cent)
Oxford to
Cambridge: May
23, 10.01am
Split: Oxford to
London
Paddington
(£5.40); London
to Cambridge
(£27.40).
Total: £32.80
Off-peak single:
£55.60
Saving: £22.80
(41 per cent)
time of purchase. This can happen if a
passenger starts a two-legged journey
during a peak period and then changes
to start the second part of the trip in
off-peak hours.
Paul Plummer, the group’s chief executive, pledged to “grasp the nettle”.
He said: “Well-intentioned but ultimately frustrating regulations have
failed to keep pace with technology or
how people work and travel today. “
Separately, workers at two rail companies will launch a fresh strike tomorrow in the long-running dispute over
the role of guards on trains. Members
of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Greater Anglia and Arriva Rail
North (Northern) will walk out for 24
hours. Arriva Rail North said it will run
more than 1,300 services.
Pond life
Top hats and tails
and striking gowns
and hats were the
order of the day
yesterday to
celebrate Flora
Day in Helston,
Cornwall, which
celebrates the
passing of winter
and the arrival of
spring. The Flora
Dance – also known
as the Furry Dance
– is one of the UK’s
oldest customs still
practised today.
It took place beside
the lake in the
grounds of Lismore
House in the
centre of Helston.
The Hal-an-Tow
pageant also took
place throughout
the day.
tougher new sentences
deemed to fall short of anti-terror legislation, the perpetrator could still be
jailed for a public order offence, with a
maximum sentence of six years being
proposed in the most serious cases
The draft guidelines, published today, will now be open to a consultation
period with the public having until
August to put their views forward.
The Sentencing Council said:
“Among the cases analysed there were
a number of ‘hate speech’-type offences, where inflammatory speeches
were given by influential figures with
the intention of stirring up racial hatred. Other cases involved publication
on YouTube of content inciting serious
violence towards particular racial or
religious groups, websites being
published including abusive and
insulting content, with some activity
continuing over a long period of time
and intended to reach global audiences. “The council considers that
[those] activities represent the highest
level of culpability for these offences,
as they demonstrate a serious intention
to stir up hatred towards particular
groups.” The proposals were outlined
in a wide-ranging examination of the
sentencing around public order
offences. Other crimes covered by the
proposals include rioting, violent
disorder and affray.
Responding to the publication of the
consultation, Rory Stewart, the justice
minister, said: “We need much clearer
rules on how to deal with public
disorder. Too often people are threatening and intimidating the public.
“The police and the courts need to
be able to respond firmly and clearly.”
School’s relaxation
guide – for parents
GETTY IMAGES
u The headmistress of a leading girls’
school has produced an exam stress
guide specially designed to calm the
nerves of parents.
Heather Hanbury, head of the
£20,000-a-year Lady Eleanor Holles
School in Hampton, south-west
London, has urged mothers and
fathers not to become anxious during
their child’s revision period.
She advised parents: “You may not
need a revision timetable, but you may
benefit from a relaxation timetable.
Don’t forget your other children – or
your partner. They may begin to play
up to get your attention and this will
certainly make matters worse.”
Santé climax Prince Charles’ reaction to some local plonk
in Lyon was certainly visceral, but neither the Duchess of
Cornwall nor the rest of us knows if it was good or bad.
Parents want to change wet wipes ban
u Parents have reacted with dismay to
government plans to ban wet wipes
and have called for a viable alternative
before they are outlawed.
The Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said
wipes containing plastics would be
banished by 2025 to prevent them
clogging up sewers, damaging
riverbeds and harming marine life.
But many parents and charities took
to social media claiming the problem
lay with the “fools that flush them”
rather than the products themselves.
Charities said they hoped the ban
would push firms to develop ecofriendly wipes. Mike Childs, of Friends
of the Earth, said: “If we can develop
the technology for driverless cars,
surely we can design a way of keeping
our kids clean without plastic.”
Defra said it aimed to work with
manufacturers and water companies
to develop a non-plastic product.
Jailed: killer father
tried to blame son
u A father who shot dead a 32-year-old
man – and then tried to persuade his
own son, 14, to take the blame for the
murder – was yesterday jailed for a
minimum of 26 years.
Matthew Moseley, 50, killed Lee
Holt in Oswaldtwistle, Lancs, last
October, after Mr Holt had kicked his
front door in a heated row.
Preston Crown Court heard that
Moseley gave the shotgun to his son,
Thomas, and told him to tell police he
was responsible for the shooting, as he
would not be prosecuted due to his
age. Moseley denied murder but was
found guilty.
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World news
Kim ‘commits to denuclearisation’
of Korean peninsula in China visit
North Korean leader allays
Chinese fears of being
frozen out of nuclear talks
ahead of Trump summit
By Neil Connor in Beijing
and Ben Riley-Smith in Washington
KIM JONG-UN, the North Korean
leader, has made a second surprise visit
to China amid Beijing’s fears it may be
sidelined ahead of his talks with Donald Trump.
The two-day visit to the north-eastern city of Dalian saw Kim meet Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, and other
government officials. Kim was quoted
in Chinese media as telling Mr Xi that
North Korea remains committed to denuclearisation and has no need to possess nuclear weapons if a “relevant
party” drops its “hostile policy and security threats” against it, a clear reference to the US presence in the region.
The calls were reiterated by Mr Xi in
a phone call with the US president
shortly after the visit, with Mr Xi urging Mr Trump to take Pyongyang’s
“reasonable security concerns” into
consideration.
Images of Kim and Mr Xi on the
evening news in China showed them
strolling along a beach in the port city.
The meeting comes amid reports that
China, traditionally North Korea’s closest ally, fears being frozen out of talks
about the regime’s nuclear programme.
Mr Trump is expected to meet Kim
for face-to-face talks in the coming
weeks after the pair put aside last year’s
heated rhetoric in favour of diplomacy.
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of
state, headed to North Korea yesterday
to finalise details of the summit, and
press North Korea for the release of
three detained American citizens.
It is the second time Kim has visited
China this year, with his last trip in
March. Japanese media had earlier
shown images of an aircraft normally
used by North Korean VIPs flying out
of Dalian, fuelling speculation that Kim
had been in town. Kim’s use of a plane
shows that he does not have his father’s
fear of flying and suggests he could be
willing to meet Mr Trump in a third
country, with reports saying Singapore
is a possible destination.
China’s Xinhua news agency carried
quotes on the latest visit from both
leaders, who struck a positive note.
The Xinhua report also said that Mr
Xi had held a “welcome banquet” for
Kim during the visit, which took place
on Monday and yesterday.
“I hope to build mutual trust with
the US through dialogue,” Kim was
quoted as saying by CCTV, the state
broadcaster. He called for denuclearisation in stages, among all parties.
New York’s top
prosecutor
quits amid sex
assault claims
By Nick Allen WASHINGTON EDITOR
The Trump administration is demanding an immediate commitment to
denuclearisation from North Korea.
China and North Korea are historic
allies but relations have been strained
in recent years as Beijing backed UN
sanctions against its neighbour amid
concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear
weapons build-up.
Mr Trump talked to Mr Xi yesterday
to get an update on his conversations
with Kim. Mr Xi told Trump that he
supports the planned meeting between
the US and North Korean leaders,
The Chinese president “hopes the
US and North Korea can work together,
build mutual trust”, according to CCTV.
Additional reporting by Christine Wei
ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN, the top
prosecutor in New York – who
positioned himself as a champion of
the #MeToo movement – has resigned
after being accused of physically
assaulting four women.
The accusations included one that
he called a Sri Lankan-born girlfriend
his “brown slave” and demanded that
she call him “master”.
Mr Schneiderman, the New York
attorney general, had been leading an
investigation relating to allegations of
abuse by Harvey Weinstein, the
disgraced movie producer. He had also
become a high profile critic of Donald
Trump and his administration on a
number of issues including immigration. Following his resignation Kellyanne Conway, counsellor to the
president, wrote on Twitter: “Gotcha.”
The allegations were published in
The New Yorker magazine and two of
the women allowed their names to be
published. They alleged that Mr Schneiderman, 63, repeatedly hit them,
JU PENG/XINHUA VIA AP
Eric Schneiderman,
the New York
attorney general, was
heading an inquiry
into alleged abuse by
Harvey Weinstein
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, in Dalian in north-eastern China’s Liaoning province ahead of the expected Kim-Trump talks
Malaysian PM battles former
leader to retain his political life
By Nicola Smith ASIA CORRESPONDENT
NAJIB RAZAK, the prime minister of
Malaysia, will face a fight for his
political life today as the nation of
31 million goes to the polls to decide between his scandal-tainted government
and an opposition alliance led by
Mahathir Mohamad, his one-time mentor and former authoritarian leader.
Mr Najib is widely expected to retain
power, thanks to a first-past-the-post
system that opponents charge is
skewed in favour of his ruling Barisan
Nasional coalition, and traditional
support from rural areas.
However, the prime minister may
lose the popular vote as the momentum throughout the short and bitter
election campaign has been with the
Pakatan Harapan – a united opposition
front of former political enemies – who
have launched an offensive over
corruption allegations and the rising
cost of living.
An unconvincing victory could leave
Mr Najib, 64, facing an internal
leadership challenge from within his
United Malays National Organisation
(UMNO) party.
That would be a huge political upset
for a leader who has weathered uproar
over an international multi-billion-dollar graft scandal that engulfed a state
investment fund, 1MDB, that he set up.
The US justice department has been
investigating allegations that billions
were siphoned from the fund and laundered through foreign bank accounts.
But the prime minister has consistently denied any wrongdoing and has
31m
The number of people due to vote in
Malaysia today and choose between PM
Najib Razak or Dr Mahathir Mohamad
been cleared of any offence by the
attorney general of Malaysia.
In a statement released on Monday
night, Mr Najib underscored his
government’s economic achievements,
stressing the creation of 2.7 million
jobs, an average growth of 5.4 per cent
and an increase of over 50 per cent in
Gross National Income since he came
to power in 2009.
He used the statement to argue that
introducing a controversial Goods and
Services Tax (GST), which has hit
lower-income families hard and may
yet prove to be his Achilles’ heel, had
been a tough decision but would have
long-term rewards. Mr Najib also
lobbed withering personal attacks at
his formidable opposition in the
lengthy text, labelling Dr Mahathir, 92,
who ruled the country for 22 years, a
“former dictator” who could not be
trusted.
The four-party opposition argues,
however, that joining forces with Dr
Mahathir, once regarded as their
political nemesis, is a show of strength
against a government they believe is
running Asia’s fourth largest economy
into the ground.
Dr Mahathir, a defiant political
strongman known as the architect of
modern Malaysia, told The Daily
Telegraph he had emerged from retirement to save Malaysia from a prime
minister for whom “cash is king.”
In one of the biggest about-turns of
his 70-year political career, he plans, if
he wins, to cede the top job to Anwar
Ibrahim, the opposition icon whom he
sacked as his deputy and who was then
jailed in 1999 for graft and sodomy.
Nurul Izzah, 37, Mr Ibrahim’s daughter, an incumbent MP and a leading
light in the opposition, said in an
interview that it had been a “difficult
process” to team up with Dr Mahathir
but that she had chosen to do so for the
good of the country.
“He’s an incorrigible optimist,” said
Ms Izzah of her father.
WORLD BULLETIN
Ex-party official
Erdogan: Koran
jailed over bribery censors are ‘vile’
A former Chinese
Communist Party official
was yesterday jailed for life
for taking bribes worth
£20million. Sun Zhengcai
was last year accused of
seeking to topple President
Xi Jinping, who is clamping
down on corruption.
The Turkish president
yesterday hit out at a French
petition calling for some
‘anti-Semitic’ verses to be
deleted from the Koran.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said
the 300 signatories, which
included actor, Gerard
Depardieu, were “vile”.
Orban opponents Ebola outbreak
take to the streets kills 17 in DRC
Hungarian protesters took
to the streets of Budapest
after Viktor Orban was
nominated for re-election as
prime minister for a third
term yesterday. Opponents
are concerned at Mr Orban’s
“growing authoritarianism
and widespread corruption”.
Seventeen people in
north-west Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC)
have died from Ebola,
the health ministry said
yesterday. It described the
fresh outbreak as a “public
health emergency with
international impact”.
often after drinking heavily, frequently
in bed, and never with their consent.
Both women said they sought medical attention after being choked and
slapped. Tanya Selvaratnam, a Harvardeducated, Sri Lankan-born author and
activist, said she was in a relationship
with Mr Schneiderman in 2016 and 2017.
She said: “Sometimes, he’d tell me to
call him ‘Master’ and he’d slap me until I
did. He started calling me his ‘brown
slave’ and demanding that I repeat that I
was ‘his property’. We could rarely have
sex without him beating me.”
Michelle Manning Barish told the
magazine she was in a relationship
with the attorney general in 2013 and
2014 when he became violent. She
confided in friends including Sir
Salman Rushdie, the novelist.
In his resignation statement Mr
Schneiderman disputed the women’s
accounts. He said: “In the privacy of
intimate relationships I have engaged
in role-playing and other consensual
sexual activity. I have not assaulted
anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would
not cross.”
None of the women complained to
police, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office issued a statement saying it would look into the claims.
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S
World news
Scenic city that Putin is turning into vast waste dump
Residents demand Russian
president stops endless
stream of Moscow rubbish
that’s ‘poisoning’ them
By Alec Luhn in Volokolamsk
THE ancient city of Volokolamsk, 75
miles west of Moscow, is celebrated as
the place where troops under Gen Ivan
Panfilov resisted a Nazi tank division in
1941. Today, people in Volokolamsk are
taking on a different kind of “tank”.
That’s what they’ve nicknamed the lorries that bring rubbish from the capital
to the sprawling dump here, a lucrative
business in which friends of Vladimir
Putin and relatives of top officials are
involved.
The size of the landfill was once
commensurate with the population of
23,000 in this scenic city of white
churches. But as the economy boomed
in the 2000s and the capital ballooned
to more than 12 million people, its
waste overflowed into the surrounding
region. Trucks started dumping large
amounts of rubbish here last year.
Now, as the train approaches Volokolamsk, you can often smell a hint of
rotten eggs characteristic of hydrogen
sulphide.
After a blowout of landfill gas recently, 150 children had to be treated
for sudden illnesses.
Thousands of ailing residents have
been demanding the dump be closed.
At least nine cities in the Moscow region have rallied against landfills. Ten
people were arrested blocking bin lor-
ries in the suburb of Kolomna on
Thursday.
On a recent weeknight, locals gathered at a monument of an exploding
Nazi tank near Yadrovo, the village outside Volokolamsk and the site of the
dump.
“We’ll fight until we achieve something. Why should people have to move
away? It’s like war in peacetime,” said
Karina Gadzhiyan, 39, a teacher.
Most locals are hoping Mr Putin will
intervene in Volokolamsk like he did in
the Moscow suburb of Balashikha last
June. When residents complained to
state television cameras about a
50-hectare landfill there that has been
called the “waste Everest”, he ordered
it to be shut down.
But Mr Putin has been silent on Volokolamsk and there has been little success in tackling the root of the problem
and reducing the 40 million tons of
rubbish Moscow produces each year.
Natalya Zaveriyeva, 50, said the
president failed to intervene “because
his friends are involved” in the rubbish
industry. “They need to make money,”
Armenia opts
for reformer
Pashinian as
prime minister
Red star of David
Veterans of the
Red Army march
past the Knesset
– Israel’s parliament
– in Jerusalem
yesterday. Around
500,000 Jews
served with the
Soviets during the
Second World War
and 200,000 died
on the battlefields
or were captured.
Once a year on the
eve of Victory Day
on May 9, which is a
national holiday,
Israel’s war veterans
don their medals to
celebrate and
commemorate the
Allies’ victory over
Nazi Germany 73
years ago. Some
1.5 million Jews
served across the
Allied forces during
the war.
GETTY IMAGES
By Alec Luhn in Moscow
THE leader of protests that forced out
Armenia’s long-time ruler last month
has been appointed prime minister,
paving the way for new elections in the
former Soviet republic.
Nikol Pashinian, an opposition member of parliament, was confirmed to the
post with a parliamentary vote, while
his supporters rallied outside. Several
ruling party members backed him after
helping prevent his election last week.
“I want us to underline that the victory is not that I became prime minister,
the victory is that you chose who will be
prime minister,” he told a crowd on
Republic Square in Yerevan, the capital.
He has attacked corruption and
political persecution and promised
electoral law reform and new elections
in the nation of three million bordered
by Turkey, Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Protests engulfed Yerevan last month
when parliament appointed Serzh Sargsyan, the former president, as prime
minister, prolonging his 10-year rule.
Mr Sargsyan, who had overseen a reform vesting the prime minister with
greater power, unexpectedly resigned
after 11 days of demonstrations.
Mr Pashinian will have to balance
military reliance on Russia with deepening European Union ties. Vladimir
Putin, the Russian president, sent a congratulatory telegram yesterday that
called for the “strengthening of friendly
allied relations”. Mr Pashinian called
military cooperation with Russia the
“main factor facilitating Armenia’s
security” and said he planned to meet
with Mr Putin this month at a summit
of the Eurasian Economic Union.
However, he has also called for better relations with the US and Europe.
Armenia relies on Russian troops to
keep the peace with Azerbaijan with
which it fought a war in the Nineties
over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
she said. At a time when countries like
the UK are trying to eliminate plastic
waste in the next quarter-century, Russia has virtually no limits on plastic
packaging, and only 4 per cent of waste
is recycled.
“There’s so much coverage about the
Skripals’ problem, the poisoning, but
20,000 people are being poisoned in
our city and the authorities don’t even
react,” said Nadezhda Kaskevich, 44,
whose two granddaughters have been
suffering headaches and nosebleeds
she blames on the dump.
Anti-Semitic crimes across Germany increase amid hostility to migrants
By Our Foreign Staff
THE number of anti-Semitic crimes in
Germany rose by 2.5 per cent last year
despite an overall drop in politically
motivated crimes, statistics showed
yesterday, reinforcing fears about
growing hostility after several highprofile attacks in Berlin. Horst See-
hofer, the interior minister, said that
1,504 anti-Semitic offences were reported in 2017, up from 1,468 in 2016,
though he said there had been fewer
attacks on hostels housing refugees.
“It is not surprising that the so-called
‘imported anti-Semitic crimes’ are rising – even if at a lower level.
“But I want to make clear that almost
95 per cent of anti-Semitic crimes in
2017 had a Right-wing motive,” said Mr
Seehofer.
Some politicians, including many in
the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), blame the influx of more
than 1.6 million refugees and other migrants, many fleeing war zones.
Mr Seehofer cited recent offences,
including the bullying of Jewish children in school, an attack on an Israeli
Arab who wore a Jewish kippa on a
Berlin street and the awarding of a top
music award to rappers accused of reciting anti-Semitic lyrics.
Germany is not the only country
confronting anti-Semitism but the legacy of the Holocaust means Germans
feel a special sense of responsibility.
Politically motivated crimes overall fell
by 4.6 per cent in 2017, the first decrease in four years, said Mr Seehofer.
Attacks on refugee accommodation
fell by nearly 69 per cent. Overall,
crime was down by 9.6 per cent, helped
by a big fall in immigration-related offences such as illegal border crossings.
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World news
My fiance fought
crocodile to save
me, says bride
who lost arm
THE bride who walked down the aisle
five days after her arm was ripped off
by a crocodile has described how her
husband-to-be repeatedly punched the
8ft predator to save her.
Zanele Ndlovu, 25, and Jamie Fox, 27,
her British husband, said it was a “miracle” she survived the mauling on April
30 near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
After days of hunting the crocodile,
national park rangers found it
sunbathing and shot it dead, fearing it
would kill tourists, having had a taste
for human flesh.
With the bride-to-be’s arm in the
crocodile’s mouth, Mr Fox, from
Orpington, Kent, used his fists in an
attempt to loosen the animal’s grip.
His fiancée was only freed when the
Nile crocodile performed a “death roll”,
tearing part of the former tennis star’s
arm from her body.
“Jamie swam over to where I was
struggling with the crocodile that was
trying to pull me to the bottom of the
river and grabbed my waist and with
the other hand, he rained blows down
on the crocodile,” she said.
“The pain was excruciating, but
Jamie was by my side and I summoned
the strength to fight through it.”
The couple were on the river with a
group of canoeists and tour guides
when the crocodile burst the inflatable
vessels by biting them, flinging them
into the water.
While others were able to escape to
the safety of the riverbank, Zanele,
who became Mrs Ndlovu-Fox on
Saturday, was attacked. But in spite of
her injuries, the wedding went ahead,
albeit at a different venue, with the
bride still requiring medical treatment.
Speaking from her hospital bed in
Zimbabwe, she told The Chronicle, the
country’s main newspaper: “The vows
say it all – in sickness and in health.
“The waters were very calm and
there were about seven boats in the
water when the crocodile just jumped
out and bit a chunk of my right arm
together with the side of the canoe,
which started deflating. It all just
happened so fast.”
Mrs Ndlovu-Fox was airlifted to the
Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, where
doctors had to amputate what was left
of her arm.
The couple had their wedding
planned for the Busters Sports Club in
Bulawayo but decided to have the ceremony at the hospital’s chapel with 60
of their closest family and friends.
The new bride said: “I spent a lot of
time preparing for my wedding day. I
didn’t know that fate would have me
being wed in a hospital chapel with one
limb missing.
“But I am so happy we proceeded
despite all the drama and I have a
wonderful husband.”
The couple met 18 months ago when
Mr Fox, who works for the National
Citizen Service, was on a work
programme in Zimbabwe. He visited
her a number of times and proposed on
Valentine’s Day this year.
He told The Chronicle: “It is a miracle
she is here, there is no other way to
explain it. I love her even more and this
incident made me feel even more the
deep feeling behind our vows.
“For better or worse, in sickness and
in health, that’s just how it’s going
to be.”
By Rozina Sabur
A TEENAGER in Alabama who was
declared
brain-dead
regained
consciousness a day before his life
support was due to be withdrawn.
Trenton McKinley, 13, suffered
severe brain trauma in a car accident
from which doctors believed he would
not recover. His parents were told his
organs were a match for five children
who needed transplants, and they had
already signed the paperwork.
The teenager suffered seven skull
fractures in March when he fell from a
car trailer which overturned and
crushed his head in Mobile, Alabama.
Jennifer Reindl, Trenton’s mother,
said her son had undergone several
rounds of surgery, suffering kidney
failure and cardiac arrest. At one point,
she was told he would not recover. “He
Trenton McKinley,
who believed he was
in heaven while
unconscious, is now
going through a slow
recovery process
AP
By Victoria Ward
and Jamie Pyatt in Cape Town
‘Brain-dead’
teen wakes up
day before life
support ended
Zanele Ndlovu, 25, wed Jamie Fox, 27, five days after losing her arm to a crocodile near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
was dead a total of 15 minutes,” Ms
Reindl told CBS News.
“All I saw was a stretcher with his
feet. When he came back they said he
would never be normal again.”
She added: “The next day he was
scheduled to have his final brain wave
test to call his time of death, but his vitals spiked so they cancelled the test.”
His mother called his recovery
“a miracle”, saying the teenager has
been walking and talking and even
reading and doing maths. Trenton is
now going through a slow recovery
process at home. He needs several
more rounds of surgery to rebuild his
skull and still suffers seizures.
He said he believed he was in heaven
while he was unconscious.
“There’s no other explanation but
God,” he said. “There’s no other way
that I could have came back.”
Facebook bans foreign abortion debate ads Uber self-driving car ‘spotted pedestrian’
By Our Foreign Staff
FACEBOOK announced yesterday that
it is banning foreign advertisements related to Ireland’s abortion referendum
amid concerns that North Americans
are trying to influence the result.
Irish voters will decide on May 25
whether to repeal a constitutional ban
on abortion, in a divisive referendum
that has drawn international attention.
Ireland bars political donations from
abroad, but the law does not apply to
social media advertising.
US-based anti-abortion groups are
among those who have bought online
ads in Ireland during the campaign.
Facebook says it will now “begin
rejecting ads related to the referendum
if they are being run by advertisers
based outside of Ireland”. “We understand the sensitivity of this campaign
and will be working hard to ensure
neutrality at all stages,” it said in a
statement. “Our goal is simple: to help
ensure a free, fair and transparent vote
on this important issue.”
Facebook has tried to improve its
transparency after revelations that
Cambridge Analytica, the political
consultancy, harvested users’ data to
micro-target political ads to select
groups during the 2016 US election.
By Matthew Field
A SELF-DRIVING Uber may have
spotted the pedestrian killed in the first
fatal crash with a driverless car – but
ignored her anyway.
The self-driving car, which ran down
Elaine Herzberg, 49, in Phoenix, Arizona, in March, saw the pedestrian as a
“false positive”, causing its on-board
system to decide to ignore her rather
than swerve, according to The Information, a technology news website.
The car’s sensors detected Ms Herzberg, but according to an internal
investigation, it had been tuned to
ignore obstacles it didn’t deem a risk.
Self-driving cars have been having
problems
with
so-called
“false
positives” – avoiding small objects that
human drivers would normally ignore.
The car had been programmed to
discard more of these warnings and
because of this, it ignored Ms Herzberg
crossing the road. The safety driver had
been looking away from the road at the
moment of the crash.
“We’re cooperating with the
National Transportation Safety Board.
Out of respect for that process, we can’t
comment on the specifics of the
incident,” an Uber spokesman said.
A full report is expected soon.
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Comment
No wonder new
mothers struggle
when all they
have is an app
lucy Denyer
W
hen I had my first
baby seven years
ago, I didn’t have a
clue what to do. I’d never
changed a newborn’s nappy,
didn’t know how many
clothes to put on him (the
first time we took him out,
he wore nothing – it was hot
– then we put a T-shirt on
him and someone asked
where the rest of his attire
was) and, as for breastfeeding, I had to teach
myself how to do it by
reading a book.
We were living in
America at the time, far
from friends, family and
NHS postnatal care. I
remember getting into my
baby’s cot to try to get him
to sleep, wondering what
kind of monster I was to be
shouting at a helpless
newborn; weeping tears of
frustration a good couple of
months after he was born.
It wasn’t until I had my
second child, a few years
later, that I realised I had
probably been suffering
from a mild form of
postnatal depression,
brought on largely by utter
isolation, with no one to
pass on helpful tips, take the
baby from me for five
minutes so I could have a
shower, or just hand over a
coffee and a piece of cake.
I had an extreme
experience – but many
women will have gone
through something similar.
As we live increasingly
polarised lives, organising
ourselves into like-minded
groups based on age and
stage in life, we enter new
phases – like parenthood –
blind, with little knowledge
of what to expect.
Without older, more
experienced friends and
neighbours to give us
sensible advice, we head
online, getting ourselves
into more of a muddle: a
Telegraph investigation
found that a number of
pregnancy apps are offering
all sorts of inconsistent
advice on what not to
consume while pregnant
(camomile tea?), leading to
fears that they may even be
encouraging eating
disorders. Small wonder
that one in five of us will
experience a mental health
problem during pregnancy
and in the first year after
birth, and that NHS England
has just announced it will
spend £23 million on
maternal mental healthcare.
Having a baby is hard.
You’re suddenly responsible
for the well-being of
another – tiny, totally
helpless, utterly dependent
– person. That alone is
enough to put enormous
pressure on anyone; throw
in societal demands for new
mothers to appear superhappy all the time (not
helped by social media), and
it’s hardly surprising that
otherwise competent
women are thrown into
such a spiral of confusion.
Even if you approach the
whole business, as I did –
geekily – reading everything
beforehand and getting
uber-organised, the reality
is that things don’t always
go as planned.
Cluelessness is part of the
rite of new motherhood –
you only learn a lot of this
stuff by doing it yourself.
And heading online is not
always a bad thing per se.
The rise of the smartphone
has been a godsend to
countless new mothers,
offering as it does the ability
to download genuinely
helpful apps, and join online
communities that provide
support in those early,
sleep-deprived weeks and
months.
However, what we really
need is other people – not
just those going through it
with us, but those who have
done it before. People
whose babies we can get to
know before we have our
own, on whom we can call
when the going gets tough,
who can come and make us
a cup of camomile tea or
show us how many layers to
dress the baby in. It really
does take a village – nosy
neighbours and all.
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This drive for more regulation can
only end in the death of a free press
The vote by MPs today is
less about improved media
standards than it is about
muzzling honest debate
PhiliP
Johnston
Y
ou may be forgiven for
wondering why on earth
the House of Commons is
once again debating
curbs on the press. Was
this not all sorted out
after the lengthy Leveson inquiry into
the newspaper industry and its ethics?
Has there not been a steady stream of
prosecutions arising from the various
hacking and bribery scandals? Now
that most newspapers are signed up to
a new regulatory body called Ipso,
with powers to demand corrections
and levy fines, is that not an end to the
involvement of politicians?
Unfortunately not. In the Commons
today, MPs will vote on amendments
to the Data Protection Bill designed to
whip the upstart media into line once
more. One measure would mean that
any publication that refuses to sign up
to an officially recognised regulator
known as Impress – a body largely
funded, via two trusts, by Max Mosley
– risks paying hefty damages if an
action is brought against it, even if it
wins the case.
I should repeat that in case the
meaning is lost: if this newspaper
publishes a story about an individual
suspected of wrongdoing and is sued,
it would have to pay all the claimant’s
costs as well as its own, win or lose.
This is because The Telegraph, along
with 90 per cent of publications, has
declined to sign up to the stateapproved Impress and subscribes to
the self-regulatory Ipso instead.
Campaigners such as Hacked Off
vehemently dispute the contention
that Impress represents statutory
control, insisting it is an independent,
hands-off regulator established under
Royal Charter. But that is precisely the
point. It is a policing body whose job is
to decide what is appropriate for
newspapers to report and comment
on. Such oversight is inimical to the
notion of a free press that all these
activists claim to support, but clearly
don’t. It is a fundamental principle of
free speech that journalists have the
right to publish what they believe to
be in the public interest and to answer
for it after publication.
Arguments over press control date
back hundreds of years. In 1644, John
Milton published his pamphlet
Areopagitica, a plea to Parliament
during the Civil War for the right to
unlicensed printing. Milton, who had
himself been subject to censorship,
did not argue that anything could be
said or written without consequences;
and neither do I. The point he was
making was about censorship –
shutting down the argument before it
had even been made. The aim of
threatening sanctions against
newspapers, even if they get
something right, would be familiar to
Milton. It is designed to shut
something down before the debate has
even been engaged.
After all, who would risk launching
an investigation that might have such
baleful consequences, even if it is
vindicated in court? Big national
papers might carry on if they felt it
was warranted by the public interest
and the sanction could be afforded.
But local papers, in often parlous
financial circumstances, would not
bother. The democratic deficit that is
already apparent with a marked
decline in the scrutiny of local political
decisions would worsen.
It is not as though press
misbehaviour has gone unpunished or
the ramifications of the hacking
scandal were not profound. A major
national newspaper, the News of the
World, was shut down, people have
gone to prison and millions have been
paid in compensation. Yet there are a
good number of people, including
politicians and others in the public
eye, for whom this is not enough. They
see this criminal behaviour as merely
the most extreme manifestation of the
pernicious curiosity of the press, and it
is this that they cannot abide. They
object to its infernal prying above all
else. They may protest their undying
belief in the rights of a free media, but
their goal is its control and today’s
proceedings in the Commons are the
latest skirmish in this long battle.
Labour’s deputy leader, Tom
Watson, self-styled scourge of the
press, is leading the charge to
implement financial sanctions which a
previous Parliament supported. The
Government is opposed and there are
hopes that a concerted campaign by
local newspapers has persuaded
enough MPs to kill off the plan.
A second Leveson-style inquiry is
another matter, however, and there
may well be enough support in the
Commons to set one up, with some
DUP MPs prepared to back it alongside
several Conservatives such as Ken
Clarke. But what is the aim here? The
first Leveson inquiry had the power to
see any document and summon any
witness who would then give evidence
under oath. Lord Justice Leveson
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called it “the most public and the most
concentrated look at the press that this
country has seen”.
When David Cameron set up the
inquiry in 2011, the second stage was
supposed to consider “the extent of
unlawful or improper conduct within
News International, other newspaper
organisations and, as appropriate,
other organisations within the media,
and by those responsible for holding
personal data”. But these, and
allegations against other media groups
and public officials, have been well
aired in a series of trials. We have
moved on. What purpose would
possibly be served by going through it
all again other than to renew pressure
for tougher controls over newspapers?
It would be more honest if those
pursuing these amendments stopped
pretending that they are in favour of a
free press. They want a fettered and
cowed press, one that will be reluctant
to hold to account those whose
concept of free expression extends
only to opinions they deem acceptable.
They take the view that, somehow, the
press is “too free” and the country
would be so much better off with just a
guiding touch on the newspaper tiller,
provided the right people were doing
the steering, or rather the Left people.
Indeed, it is a rich irony that those on
the Left who once looked to the press
to expose wrongdoing in high places
now seek to muzzle it.
The proceedings in the Commons
today are a grotesque parody of what it
means to be a free country.
Campaigners who say this is
exaggerated should consider why a
recent global survey among journalists
ranked the UK 40th on the World
Press Freedom index, just above
Burkina Faso. That is something to be
ashamed of, not to be worn as a badge
of honour.
Let us be clear ... the only way is free trade
None of the compromise
customs options will satisfy
the fundamental need for
an independent UK policy
shanker
singham
T
he Prime Minister has
previously made it clear that the
UK must be able to execute an
independent trade policy post-Brexit.
She is right. If Britain is unable to do
so, then all the benefits of leaving the
EU will be lost and Brexit itself will
only be a damage limitation exercise.
The danger, as the Government
stumbles along without seeming to
make any decisions, is that we will
collapse into the arrangement that the
EU prefers: inside a customs union,
abiding by single market rules while
having no say in how they are devised,
and paying financial contributions
forever. If Brussels were to engineer
such an outcome, it would signal that
even the UK, with the world’s financial
capital, is not able to leave the EU and
so no other country should try. We are
sliding towards this and any delay in
coming up with an alternative itself
risks becoming a decision.
We must not lose sight of the
purpose of an independent trade
policy. It is a means to an end. With it,
the UK can improve its own regulatory
environment, eliminating anticompetitive restraints; it can negotiate
deals that remove barriers to British
exports, and it can work with others in
international bodies to ensure that the
world’s regulatory system moves in a
more competitive direction, liberating
supply chains and creating wealth.
The question is, how can an
independent trade policy be achieved?
Many believe that the preservation
of free circulation of goods between
the UK and EU is vital. This can only
be done if Britain remains in both the
customs union and the single market
(because product regulation comes
from the rules of the single market).
However, remaining in these means
Britain cannot have an independent
trade policy as it wouldn’t have control
of its tariff schedules or the regulatory
autonomy necessary to strike deals.
A free trade agreement which
includes customs union pacts for
specific goods is also problematic
because the UK’s interests in trade
agreements are primarily in services,
and we would need maximum
flexibility over what we can concede in
goods to be able to deliver deals.
The New Customs Partnership, the
option supported by several Cabinet
members, in which we would collect
tariffs on behalf of the EU for goods
travelling through the UK, and vice
versa, would take an independent
trade policy off the table because it
would require the UK to maintain the
EU’s regulatory system to prevent
checks at the border. As firms selling
into Britain would have to apply for a
rebate if British tariffs were lower than
EU ones, and given that it is unlikely
many of them will understand the
rebate mechanism, they are likely to
just accept the EU tariff rate. This
would make any tariff concessions we
might make to other countries when
negotiating new trade deals pointless
as their firms would not use them.
The best way for the UK to pursue
an independent trade policy is to seek
a free trade agreement with the EU,
along with a technological solution to
the Irish border, a solution sometimes
described as “maximum facilitation”.
The Irish border problem can be
solved in ways that do not harden the
open border and which preserve the
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hard-won benefits of the Good Friday
Agreement.
More broadly, the UK-EU deal could
mitigate the trade costs of regulatory
divergence and customs clearance by
using a mechanism to recognise each
other’s regulations. We could lower
customs costs by improving our own
processes (self-assessment for customs
declarations, for example, to alleviate
pressure on HMRC), as well as by
agreeing a comprehensive customs
and trade facilitation chapter in the
trade deal, and continued work
between key EU member customs
agencies and HMRC to improve trade
facilitation. Some say this is
impossible, but if there is political will,
it would be possible. And there is no
viable alternative being considered.
An independent trade policy is not
merely an ideological statement. It is a
concrete set of policies which allows
the private sector to grow the UK
economy. If our choices take that off
the table, we take real benefits away
and we should be clear about that.
While many of the UK’s Brexit
decisions are not binary, the decision
to have a real trade policy is.
Shanker Singham is director of the
international trade and competition
unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs
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Letters to the Editor
Iran brought this new
isolation upon itself
O
n the day following the deal five years
ago to restrict Iran’s nuclear weapons
programme, we said caution was
advisable, even if the agreement
appeared to be a pragmatic solution
to a deepening diplomatic
conundrum. The so-called Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA) represented a landmark
accord between America and the country that had
been its foremost enemy since the Islamic
revolution of 1979. The deal was hailed by its
proponents in Geneva as a triumph of enlightened
diplomacy that had made the world a safer place.
As of last night it has been partially torn up, after
Donald Trump fulfilled his election campaign
pledge to withdraw US support for what he has
called with characteristic hyperbole “the worst
deal ever”. The upshot is the reimposition of
high-level American sanctions on Tehran aimed at
hampering its international oil trade. Theoretically,
the other signatories to the deal – the UK, France,
Germany, Russia and China – could keep it going.
In recent weeks, a steady procession of EU leaders
and politicians, from Emmanuel Macron and Angela
Merkel to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary,
travelled to Washington to try to persuade the
President to stay on board by renewing the 120-day
waiver, but to no avail. Mr Trump has left open the
prospect of a revived accord if the other signatories
succeed in getting a better deal. But that would
require Iran’s co-operation, which seems unlikely.
Without America’s backing, Tehran may now take
the view that the multilateral accord has expired,
and act accordingly.
The collapse of the JCPOA is regrettable because
it signifies a breach in a common front against Iran.
But Mr Trump’s objection is not only with the
nuclear programme; it is also with Iran’s wider
destabilising actvities. The deal has failed in its
principal purpose, which was to enhance the
security of Israel and Sunni Arab powers and
reduce the risk of a Middle East arms race.
In the five years since Geneva, Iran has interfered
in the Syrian conflict to prop up Bashar al-Assad,
turned Iraq into a satrap of Tehran and used its
Hizbollah allies to take over Lebanon by proxy. No
one knows for certain that it has even stopped its
secret nuclear programme, since the regime denies
ever having embarked on one, despite all the
evidence to the contrary. The solution to Iran’s
renewed isolation is in its own hands: stop
threatening other countries in the region.
Time is running out
T
ensions in the Cabinet over the
Government’s preferred policy on customs
arrangements after Brexit are reaching a
critical point. At the weekend Greg Clark, the
Business Secretary, mounted a defence of the
option preferred by the Prime Minister but which
her colleagues declined to support last week. This
involves some sort of customs “partnership” with
the EU whereby the UK collects Europe’s trade
tariffs. Mr Clark said the proposal was “still on the
table” only for Boris Johnson, the Foreign
Secretary, to call the idea “crazy”.
Rarely have Cabinet disagreements been so
publicly aired. Yet when the softly-spoken Mr
Clark made his pitch on The Andrew Marr Show, he
was praised by Remainers as the voice of sweet
reason whereas Mr Johnson’s riposte was
denounced as a breach of Cabinet protocol. It
should have been apparent by now that when one
side in this stand-off has its say the other reserves
the right to fire back. It is Mrs May’s misfortune,
partly self-inflicted, to be stuck in the middle.
The fact remains, however, that this needs to be
resolved. We believe the UK needs to be able to
trade freely after Brexit and not be hamstrung by
any arrangement that makes this impossible. That
is also Mrs May’s stated ambition. If she is able to
construct something that fulfils that pledge and
delivers frictionless trade underpinned by a
light-touch regulatory framework agreeable to the
EU, then she may yet satisfy both sides in her party.
But time is running out if this is to be sorted out
ahead of next month’s Brussels summit, as planned.
If the factions in the Conservative Party are
proposing to bring matters to a head, what is the
alternative strategy?
Robot spider army
S
cientists in Manchester have trained a spider
to jump on command. This is the first step in
an ambition to master the arachnid reflexes in
order to program an army of agile micro-robots
capable of hunting pests, so that farmers need no
longer use poisonous pesticides. It is a benevolent
plan, and yet there us something about it that
sounds like the beginning of a science-fiction story
with a very unpleasant plot. The fantasy writer
would have the spider-robots run wild, with their
own autonomous motives. They would develop a
taste for something other than pests – honey-bees,
at best; at worst, sleeping human beings. In reality,
scientific invention is not bound to follow a sinister
John Wyndham path. The very awareness of dark
imaginings should ensure that spiders, natural or
simulated, only jump when they’re asked to.
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Unfair rail fares
SIR – I was a working old-age
pensioner for four years, to allow me
to pay off my mortgage, which had
been substantially increased to fund
the “Bank of Mum and Dad”.
Through continuing to work I paid
an extra £4,000 a year in income tax
and fuel duties for travel. Lord
Willetts, the chairman of the
Resolution Foundation, has now
proposed that working pensioners
should be subject to National
Insurance contributions (Juliet
Samuel, Business, May 8).
Had that already been the case, I
might well have decided that it would
be better for me to retire entirely
rather then pay a high proportion of
my additional earnings in taxes for a
job that involved travel and shift work
in an industrial environment.
Another unfairness is that an
additional tax on working pensioners
would allow non-working wealthy
pensioners to keep a greater share of
their income.
Ted Shorter
Tonbridge, Kent
SIR – I have been selling rail tickets for
more than 10 years, and while I will
not defend the current fare structure
(“Rail bosses admit it’s cheaper to split
tickets”, report, May 8), I cannot think
of an alternative that does not penalise
those who will not use technology
such as a smartphone, an online
account or a smart card.
Complexity has grown as operators
try to price passengers away from peak
times and busy routes.
Charles Allen
Wrexham
SIR – Many pensioners still work
because they must, in order to exist
and pay their bills. They may not be
the ones needing care in old age, as
working helps keep them healthy.
Why, after a lifetime in work, paying
taxes and National Insurance, should
they be asked to pay again for an
inefficient NHS, which wastes money
and pays vast numbers of ineffective
management staff exorbitant wages?
Patricia Bateson
Bressingham, Norfolk
SIR – Today’s pensioners have paid in
all their lives. Today’s youngsters will
receive the same benefits when they
become pensioners, unless the current
Government dictates otherwise.
Pensioners live off a state pension
and any other pension or savings that
they have contributed to throughout
their working lives. The government
of the time encouraged just that.
However, many pensions and the
interest on savings have fallen
drastically because of the drop in
interest rates since the crisis of 2008.
During the Eighties, today’s
pensioners paid interest rates on their
mortgages of up to 14.5 per cent.
Pensioners at that time received a
good income from their savings.
Today, people receive a pittance
from savings because interest rates are
so low. In effect, pensioners subsidise
youngsters’ mortgages.
The value to society of pensioners
should not be underestimated. Many
parents could not afford to go to work
if their parents did not look after the
children.
Peter Amey
Hoveton, Norfolk
SIR – The Rail Delivery Group nobly
wishes to simplify the Byzantine fares
structure.
Is it cynical of me to suggest that
any such move will be more likely to
eliminate the opportunities to beat the
system, such as by split ticketing,
rather than to reduce the excessively
high standard fares?
David Gadbury
East Grinstead, West Sussex
SIR – As the parent of four millennial
sons, I can see the logic behind the
Resolution Foundations’s proposed
Citizens’ Inheritance of £10,000 for
everyone when they reach the age of
25, though I consider it flawed.
As a shareholder in a chain of
microbrewery pubs, I think it is a
splendid idea!
Michael Parker
New Malden, Surrey
SIR – “I’ve just swindled British Rail; I
bought a day return, and I’m not going
back.”
That 50-year-old joke shows that
nothing changes.
Harry Leeming
Morecambe, Lancashire
Cancer compensation
SIR – News of the implementation
problems with the NHS breast cancer
screening programme (report, May 5)
caused distress to many women and
their families.
Considering the time that elapsed
before this reached the general public,
it is surprising there are disputes
about the numbers involved, let alone
the estimates of harm.
In Parliament, Jeremy Hunt, the
Health Secretary, has discussed
compensation. However, screening
doesn’t work anywhere near well
enough to show clearly that the failure
of the screening system resulted in
death or damage to a particular
individual’s health.
Most women with breast cancer,
whether diagnosed through symptoms
or through screening, live, thanks to
excellent modern treatment or
because they are suffering from less
aggressive cancers. But some women
who have breast cancer, screendetected or not, die despite treatment.
Five in 1,000 women who don’t
attend a breast screening programme
for 11 years die from breast cancer;
screening can only prevent one in five
of those deaths. This doesn’t pass the
legal “balance of probabilities” test
that would allow compensation.
Professor Susan Bewley
Professor of Women’s Health
King’s College, London
Dr Margaret McCartney
Patron, HealthWatch
Keith Isaacson
Professor Michael Baum
Emeritus Professor of Surgery and
Medical Humanities
University College, London
Engines running
SIR – John Lavender (Letters, May 8)
asks why the drivers of diesel vehicles
leave their engines running.
Many new vehicles automatically
stop their engines when stationary, in
part to meet emissions regulations.
This is one more reason to replace
older petrol and diesel vehicles with
modern, cleaner alternatives.
The uncertainty over diesel created
by the Government hasn’t helped.
Tim Banks
Knutsford, Cheshire
Nightingales’ rivals
SIR – If Melanie McDonagh (Comment,
May 8) wants to hear nightingales
clearly, she should venture forth at
dusk. Not only have the builders gone
home to bed, but so have the blackbirds.
John Moore
Mere, Wiltshire
Stranded at Heathrow
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Why should old people keep working to pay more National Insurance?
Floating in the Dead Sea with a copy of the Jordan Times. Other papers are available
The art of reading the paper on a windy day
sir – Henry Pomeroy (Letters, May 8)
asks for the best way to fold the
newspaper so that it won’t blow
about in the breeze when reading
outside.
When I wanted to read the
broadsheet Daily Telegraph on the
Tube, I devised a method of seeking
out the middle page, then folding
the front section back on itself from
side to side and doing the same with
the back section.
I thus had a newspaper format
that was 22 in high and 7 in wide but
could then be folded in half again
lengthwise, so that one could read a
quarter of the page at any one time
just like reading a large book.
When unfolded and refolded
carefully, one could progress
through the paper. This was
subsequently tested at a windy
coastal resort with success.
Richard Ashworth
London SW6
sir – I suggest that Mr Pomeroy
invests in a newspaper holder rod. It
holds the pages steady.
Margaret Forrest
Kelso, Roxburghshire
sir – When reading outside, simply
touch the screen to turn the pages,
using touchscreen gloves as
necessary, depending on the
weather and the cleanliness of the
device.
Malcolm Watson
Welford, Berkshire
SIR – I sympathise with the BBC
journalist Frank Gardner’s difficulties
getting off a flight at Heathrow as a
wheelchair passenger (Thinking Man,
telegraph.co.uk, April 6).
It routinely takes the Heathrow
assistance team 40 minutes or more to
deliver my wife’s wheelchair and get
us off the plane each time we return to
Heathrow.
Last week, they could not get staff to
the gate to assist my wife in boarding
our departing flight. We ended up
having to board ourselves using the
on-board aisle chair with crew’s help.
Heathrow blamed the high demand,
which to me simply suggests a lack of
sufficient resources.
Peter Knowles
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Tattle-tale GPs
SIR – A word of warning to Telegraph
readers who drive and drink alcohol.
If you discuss your alcohol habits
with your doctor, your conversation is
not covered by patient-doctor
confidentiality. The DVLA can legally
require your doctor to provide details
of the conversation about your alcohol
consumption, and you can easily get
your driving licence revoked by the
DVLA.
It happened to me and I am now
having to go to the county court to
clear my name.
P R Grandidge
St Asaph, Denbighshire
Bercow school report
Downsize to a bungalow? No, thank you
SIR – Why is it assumed that those over
the age of 60 are in the market for
small bungalows (Letters, May 7)?
Some of us enjoy our larger houses
and particularly our larger gardens
and find the thought of stagnating in a
small bungalow quite abhorrent.
Jenny Ragg
Falmouth, Cornwall
SIR – Over the years local authorities
built many thousands of bungalows
designed with old people in mind.
Unfortunately – and, in my view,
wrongly – the Government then
included them in the right-to-buy
scheme. Almost inevitably the very
favourable price was met by the
children of the elderly occupants, and
in the fullness of time the younger
generation either occupied them or
sold them on at a considerable profit.
The original purpose of the bungalows
was thus lost forever.
Cyril Mann
Rodmell, East Sussex
SIR – Going up and down stairs is very
good exercise for the heart. A friend of
mine made a point of going up and
down stairs at least five times a day
and lived to be 100.
Instead of moving into a bungalow,
have a house with a staircase that is
suitable for a chair lift to be fitted, just
in case.
R B Mills
Worcester
SIR – When John Bercow, the present
Commons Speaker, was in my class at
the age of 10, I ran a mock election that
introduced him to politics (Comment,
May 8).
John was rewarding to teach,
intelligent, challenging and
occasionally pugnacious. But he was
never a bully.
John Stringer
Harbury, Warwickshire
Worried about Brexit
SIR – I am beginning to worry that
Brexit may not, after all, mean Brexit.
To whom should I speak for
reassurance?
Keith Snedden
Richmond, Surrey
Tehran’s aggression, not Trump’s, buried this deal
Washington has finally
pulled the plug on the
nuclear pact with Iran ... and it is long overdue
CON COUGHLIN
HLIN
A
rguably the most telling remark
that has been made during the
current crisis over Iran’s nuclear
ambitions is this week’s claim by the
country’s president, Hassan Rouhani,
that Tehran desires a constructive
relationship with the rest of the world.
If only. When former United States
president, Barack Obama, invested so
much of his personal political capital
in securing a nuclear deal with Iran
three years ago – the deal from which
Donald Trump announced
Washington’s withdrawal last night –
there was an expectation that, having
signed it, the Iranians would indeed
pursue constructive relations.
Rather than follow the aggressive,
anti-western policies that have come
to define the Islamic Republic since
the 1979 revolution, the deal offered an
opportunity for Tehran to change
course, adopting a more positive
mindset in its dealings with the
outside world. Mr Obama certainly
believed that to be the case, which
may explain why he was minded to
give the Iranians such a good deal, one
that conveniently glossed over
decades of deception over its nuclear
activities. He took Iran’s negotiators,
led by foreign minister Javad Zarif, at
their word when they suggested the
deal could lay the foundations for a
wider engagement between the two
countries, one that might end more
than 30 years of mutual antipathy.
Instead, the opposite happened. The
Iranians intensified their hostility
towards the West and its allies, to the
extent that the very idea that Iran
might be interested in maintaining a
constructive dialogue now seems
quite laughable.
If Mr Rouhani was genuinely
interested in fostering better relations,
he would not allow Iranian warships
to harass the US 5th Fleet as it fulfils its
normal patrol duties around the Gulf
region. He would not continue to
support Houthi rebels in Yemen who
have helped to create a humanitarian
disaster there by seeking the
overthrow of the country’s
democratically elected government.
And Mr Rouhani would not tolerate
the massive arms build-up that Iran’s
Revolutionary Guard has undertaken
in Syria and Lebanon, where it has
now stockpiled tens of thousands of
missiles with the capability of hitting
all of Israel’s major towns and cities.
No way are these the actions of a
country that wants a “constructive”
engagement with the outside world.
They are a graphic illustration of Iran’s
desire to maintain its aggressive
posture with the express intention of
upholding one of the ayatollahs’ key
tenets: exporting the uncompromising
principles of the Iranian revolution
throughout the Muslim world.
It is this aggressive mindset on the
part of Iran’s ruling elite that has led to
the latest diplomatic confrontation
between Washington and Tehran, as
Mr Trump detailed last night.
For how can Washington and the
other signatories to the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action – the
agreement’s full title – have any faith
in the Iranians when the latter’s every
deed is filled with malign intent?
Indeed, Washington would have been
heading for a confrontation with Iran
even if Mr Trump had not decided to
pick a fight over the nuclear
agreement.
Iran’s military build-up in southern
Lebanon and Syria, in particular, has
put Tehran on a collision course with
Israel, where intelligence officials now
estimate there is a 50-50 chance of the
Jewish state being involved in a direct
military confrontation with the
ayatollahs this summer.
One of the reasons Mr Obama was
said to be so keen to enter negotiations
over Iran’s nuclear programme in the
first place was to reduce the possibility
of direct military conflict between
Tehran and Jerusalem. Yet here we
are, three years later, and the war
clouds are even more ominous as the
Israelis prepare to defend their
borders, all because of the provocative
actions Iran has taken since the
nuclear deal was concluded.
Moreover, in view of the close bond
between Mr Trump and Israel’s Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
knows that it can count on
Washington’s support if it does find
itself involved in a direct military
confrontation with Iran. I doubt that
this was the scenario that Mr Obama
envisaged when the negotiations
concluded, but then his administration
failed totally to grasp the depth of
Iran’s commitment to extending its
influence far beyond its own borders.
Iran’s desire to establish a power
base in parts of the Arab world was
reflected last weekend in the
significant gains that the Iranianbacked militia Hizbollah made in the
Lebanese elections. And Tehran will
be hoping to chalk up a similar feat in
next weekend’s Iraqi elections, where
it backs front-runner Hadi al-Amiri,
the Shi’ite militia chief who spent
many years living in exile in Iran.
So much for Mr Rouhani’s claim that
Iran wants a more constructive
relationship with the outside world.
On the contrary, judging by Tehran’s
recent conduct in the Middle East, the
ayatollahs’ real intention is to achieve
regional domination. And if that is the
case, then it is pointless having any
deal, whether on nuclear issues or
otherwise, that enables the ayatollahs
to achieve their goals.
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Fitting: Kristin
Scott Thomas at
the Heavenly
Bodies: Fashion
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Imagination gala at
The Met in New
York; above, work
on her intricately
decorative gown;
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Anna Wintour
wearing Chanel
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Kristin goes
to the ball
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Thomas had never been to the Met Gala –
until now. She talks to Lisa Armstrong
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Ball appearance.
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poise? This is a woman who until
recently never employed a stylist, and
coincidentally appears never to have
put a foot wrong on the red carpet,
although someone else’s foot trod on
her 1947 vintage Balmain train once
and it ripped clean off. Her school
uniform at Cheltenham Ladies’ College
was green tweed. “Scratchy green
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“especially with someone as aware of
their presence and the way they move
as Kristin is.”
Exactly how much will she have to
move, I ask, eyeing the narrow
armholes. “I don’t think I’ll be hailing
any taxis…” “Don’t be so sure,” counters
Erdem, who, because of a “clerical”
error one year found himself
accompanying his guest in a yellow cab
while she put the finishing touches to
her make-up. I retreat downstairs so
they can finish the fittings (there’s
another black cocktail dress Erdem’s
designed for the after-after party).
Twenty minutes later, she has
changed into a chic brown, mid-calf
cashmere dress, provenance long
forgotten, but it cost a thousand dollars
when she bought it 20-odd years ago in
New York – “huge money then, quite
huge now, actually” – knee-length
boots and an Apple watch that keeps
ringing without any of us knowing how
to turn it off. We’re installed in Erdem’s
book-lined office. On one wall, bought
from the Duchess of Windsor’s estate,
is a portrait of Wallis Simpson, of
whom KST could surely give the
definitive rendition. “Been asked,” she
says. “Not interested.”
Typecasting: her bête noire. She
withdrew from films altogether for four
years – nothing intriguing came her
way. She seems to have vented some of
her frustration in fancy dress. There
was the Dressed to Kill James Bond
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ve Loved
after 15 years in I’ve
You So Long. “Thiss woman
had fallen off the radar. We
had to buy things that were too
nd everything
big or too small and
ond-hand.
was obviously second-hand.
S from the
One coat was M&S
d stains
Eighties, and it had
rfect.”
down it. It was perfect.”
o hear an
It’s refreshing to
cerally
actress engage viscerally
ey’re
with clothes. “They’re
ade,”
the tricks of my trade,”
urite
she says. Her favourite
wardrobe was
Katharine Clifton’ss
in The English
Patient, perhaps
her most famous film. “That bias cut
white dress…” she says swooningly.
There were more bias dresses in
Gosford Park. “Hah,” she says. On
Gosford she encountered a dress that
looked fishily familiar. She went over
to the actress and peered at the label.
KST’s name was on it, crossed out, as
was that of her sister, the actress
Serena Scott Thomas. “There are
these huge warehouses where all the
costume designers go…” The
glamour.
For years she refused to take
fashion seriously, mindful of her
“middle-class, quite Catholic
English upbringing, where modesty
was important and you don’t show
your assets”. But she didn’t spend 30
years in France without learning to
appreciate fashion’s cultural
relevance. These days she darts
between Paris and north-west
London and seems confused as to
where she actually lives. She keeps a
lot of her clothes. “The problem is,
one day you put something on and it
just no longer looks right… ageing.
Argggh!” Mostly she’s OK with
growing older – she loved the white
wigs she wore as Clementine
Churchill in Darkest Hour and was
tempted to take them home. At least
in France, they don’t equate age
with sexual lockdown, I say. “True.
And they don’t dress like dollybirds
past a certain age either,” she says.
We’re wading into dangerous
territory: KST has previously found
herself in hot water for allegedly
suggesting British women slap on too
make fake tan, get drunk and wear
mini skirts when they haven’t got the
legs for them. She was likely taken
out of context. She was stirred by the
potency of the all-black show of
dresses at the Baftas and the Oscars,
although she also understands those
French actresses who wrote the open
letter defending men’s right to get
their sexual advances wrong. “It’s
probably a generational thing. I can
see both sides,” she says.
She has bestridden three epochs of
red carpeteering: the one where “you
just sort of bought a dress yourself ”
(she can’t even remember if there was
a premiere for her first film, Under
The Cherry Moon, Prince’s infamous
stab at auteurism); the Nineties, when
designers began paying attention to
the Oscars and now, when it’s a
branding vortex. “Red carpet posing
for me is a bit of a cringe thing,” she
says. She knows the deal though.
“You’re there to support the
character.” At the recent premiere of
Tomb Raider, she chose a plungeback, ultraultra-severe Valentino gown
(“super-fu
(“super-fun to wear”).
With or without a stylist,
sh has always been able to
she
ca
cal
t best houses. For
calll on the
her fir
first Oscars – she was
nomi
nominated
in 1997 for The
Engl
English
Patient – she wore
Chri
Christian Lacroix. For
Dar
Darkest Hour, an elegant
eve
evening
coat from
Chr
Christian
Dior. As
incre
increasingly
seems to
happe
happen to actresses who
can llast the course, the
inter
interesting
projects are
com
coming in again – not
least
least, her first directing
proj
project, a loose reworking
of E
Elizabeth Jane
How
Howard’s 1959 novel The
Sea Change, about a
ma
marriage in crisis. “I just
ha
have to look where I’m
go
going and try to remain
di
dignified,” she says.
And the Met Ball – a
re
red carpet like no other.
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FASHION
The Met Ball extravaganza is over for
another year. Victoria Moss picks over the
heavenly creatures in their Sunday Best at
New York’s most over-the-top party
T
here’s red carpet hype
and hysteria and then
there’s the Met Ball.
Long touted as the
Oscars of the fashion
world, the great and
well-connected to good stylists come
to worship at the altar of the Most
Revered Editrix in Chanel, Dame
Anna Wintour.
They start with their homage in
the days and hours before, posting
pictures on social media of
themselves at previous Met Galas.
Some, as a teaser to what they might
possibly wear this time, some just
trying to look keen and hope to be
invited back next year.
This year’s theme, officially
“Sunday Best”, presented the
opportunity to fulfil the ambitions of
even the most modest starlet’s
aspirations of ego: how much like
God, or at least one of his chief
servants here on earth, can you look?
For anyone who may have been
taken aback by the combination of
fashion and sacramental cloth in the
Met’s exhibition, let us pause
momentarily and consider, is there a
The Gucci Trinity: creative director
Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey and
Jared Leto
more fashion religion than
Catholicism? All that bling! The
complex haute couture level
embroidery. The millinery! The cloaks
and cassocks – frankly even the most
Piece of work: Blake Lively steps out in
Versace. The embroidery took 600 hours;
below: Madonna and veil, by Jean Paul
Gaultier; Frances McDormand – never
knowingly not our hero – in Valentino
basic of habits has a bit of a swish to it.
Not to mention the accessories. The
exhibition itself (which features over
40 pieces lent by the Vatican) has a
papal tiara containing 18,000
diamonds, which would surely dwarf
whichever royal cast-off Meghan
Markle will borrow.
Equally helpfully, the heavily
stylised television show The
Handmaid’s Tale (season two coming
soon) has made demure, Christian
fundamentalist looks a trend. The nun
garms on display are totally what
Elisabeth Moss might rock to be
sexually abused by her patriarchal
captors. So chic!
And for anyone who wants to read
more mystic reason into the choosing
of this theme, now: a sharp-eyed
colleague pointed out that Wintour’s
tenure at American Vogue started with
a crystal embellished Lacroix
crucifix top on the cover. With
rumours of her retirement
circulating, is she signing off with
the (holy) mother of all takes,
aligning herself with the highest
powers there can be? It’s a
thought.
The greatest power in
fashion is of course money.
The party and its allreaching media saturation is
in aid of Wintour passing
the gilded collection plate
around the haves. She’s
already raised in excess
of $12.5 million
(£9.2 million) for the
museum in her over
20-year
involvement, tickets
for the gala are
$30,000 (£22,000),
tables at the
dinner, $275,000
(£203,000).
Met Gala pro
Sarah Jessica
Parker makes
Dolce &
Gabbana Alta
Moda look
almost casual;
right, here
comes the
bride, Kate
Bosworth in
Oscar de la
Renta
ISABEL SPEARMAN
W H Y I T WO R K S
Summer’s chic
equivalents to
winter’s black
courts and
stuffy tights
Madison courts, £98
(boden.co.uk)
Leopard
sandals,
£69.99
(zara.com)
Q
This heatwave
renders my black
courts and tights
ridiculous (and very
hot). What are good
options for summer?
Ankle boots,
£120
(uterque.com)
A
I returned from a
recent weekend
in Madrid very
happy with a new pair
of heels from Zara. They
were neutral snakeskineffect with a lovely raffia
trim, looked like Prada
but cost £49 (result). The
sun was shining and it
felt right to be buying
shoes for the summer.
Back in the UK, though,
it suddenly felt rather
brave to ditch the tights
and reveal milky white
legs.
I’m sure I’m not alone.
Matt black tights look too
heavy against summer
fabrics and colours:
either go bare or find the
right nude pair for you.
My current favourites are
from the British brand
Heist (£19, heist-studios.
com), which are
absolutely worth the
investment and last
forever.
I’m often asked
whether open-toed shoes
are appropriate for the
office, but I think if your
feet are in good nick
then they can
be just as
smart as a
closed toe
–a
pedicure is
essential. If
you prefer
closed toes,
look for a
summer court shoe
in a bright colour,
especially if you tend to
Geometric flats,
£195
(lucychoilondon.
com)
Slingback
heels, £56
(topshop.com)
ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
Oh good
Lord, did
they really
wear that?
The biggest recent offering has
come from Wintour’s courting of the
billionaire, 28-year-old investor
Wendy Yu, who has given the Met so
much money that chief Andrew
Bolton has had to assume the job title
of Wendy Yu curator in charge.
In some ways, when Rihanna has
already done a giant 16ft yellow silk
fur-edged train, (China: Through the
Looking Glass, 2015), and Madonna
has bared her bum (in not very much
Givenchy, in 2016) one does wonder
where the Gala can go in terms of
shock value.
Would Kim Kardashian dress as a
nun? No, she dressed as herself in a
clingy gold Versace number. Would
anyone compromise their cosmetic
house contracts with a faux stigmata?
Sadly, not.
But I think anyone who missed
out on the blue-veiled nativity
lead in primary school can
appreciate Katy Perry’s 6ft
feathered Versace wings – who says a
bit part, side-of-the-stage unnamed
angel can’t steal the show?
The competition was strong though.
Rihanna, who co-chaired the bash,
alongside Wintour, Amal Clooney and
Donatella Versace, was the model for
John Galliano’s reinterpretation of er,
himself, as her outfit echoed the
opening look of an incense-wielding
priest from his 2000 Dior haute
couture show, “Freud or Fetish” (the
original of which is in the exhibition).
The consensus across the modern
taste barometer that is Instagram was
that she had variously “slayed” or
“won” the night. I mean, she certainly
knows how to clearly interpret a dress
code. Just imagine what she could do
for Ascot.
What to do though, if you are
actually Madonna? Long-time fan of
Catholic appropriation, long-time
scandalous dresser? Once even
denounced by the Vatican
stick to sober tones for
your wardrobe. A pop of
coral or sky blue can
instantly freshen up a navy
suit. If you prefer block
heels, Topshop’s
slingbacks come in white
or black. Don’t be put off by
white shoes – they really
are fantastically versatile
and become my “neutral”
in the summer as they
literally go with anything.
I love metallics,
especially gold, but they’re
hard to wear for work so
I’m always on the lookout
for shoes with just a flash of
metallic. Lucy Choi’s
monochrome flats strike
the right balance between
corporate and fun.
If the weather changes
(again), a brilliant way to
bridge the gap between
seasons is an ankle boot.
Find which length suits
you best; generally a
looser top is most
flattering as it slims the
calf. Uterqüe’s elegant tan
kitten heel pair will
become a wardrobe
staple. Let’s just hope that
summer sticks around,
otherwise I’ll be digging
out my 60 denier tights
again.
To ask Isabel Spearman
your workwear questions,
email isabel.spearman
@telegraph.co.uk or
follow her on Instagram
@isabelspearman
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21
GETTING DRESSED (WITHOUT THE FUSS)
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A sunny
city‑friendly
guide to
riviera style
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Above: Donatella Versace, Rihanna (in
John Galliano for Maison Margiela) and
Katy Perry, in Versace; above right,
Sienna Miller keeps it simple in Louis
Vuitton; below, Janelle Monae in Marc
Jacobs; left, Cara Delevingne’s strong
commitment to the theme in Dior; and
Amber Heard nails the halo effect in
Carolina Herrera
itself (for her Like A Prayer
video), why bother to shock
when you’ve already nailed
the dress code by the simple
virtue of being Madonna?
She did what any selfrespecting diva would do
and teamed up with her
original dresser, Jean Paul
Gaultier. Classic corset
combo. She later took to the
stage, whipping off her habit, to reveal
a vestal virgin look while singing a
mash-up of Like a Prayer (sure) and
Hallelujah (with a monk-garmed choir,
obviously).
The Italians, namely Dolce &
Gabbana and Versace who dressed half
the gold carpet between them, were
treated to all their Christmases or
indeed First Mondays in May (for the
Gala is always on that day – and is the
title of the 2016 documentary on the
making of the extravaganza, see
Netflix) coming at once, so heavy are
their back catalogues with Sistine
references.
But it wasn’t all heady, heavy
Renaissance style. Some went for a
more monastic, minimal interpretation
– see actor/director Greta Gerwig in
The Row. Others felt a pull to a strong
woman, Joan of Arc warrior look (the
singer Zendaya, Alicia Vikander and
Shailene Woodley). Others of course
took one look at a rail of heavily
encrusted gold leaf embroidery and
picked the simple black cocktail dress
(Kate Moss). The night’s key accessory
was a halo, and here the more low-key
silver bands felt, to be honest, a little
token. Surely once you’ve decided to
opt for a celestial glow, it’s a shame to
hold anything back.
There was, however, one attendee
who had no need for concern over a
sartorial faux pas. The Archbishop of
New York, Cardinal Timothy Michael
Dolan – spied joking with George
Clooney – arrived in full red and black
regalia. Interestingly, the model Taylor
Hill wore a very similar look by Diane
von Furstenberg. The Archbishop
however, had a much bigger crucifix.
My real‑life
red‑carpet challenge
How does it feel to run
the celebrity gauntlet?
Accidental A-lister
Fiona Golfar
lfar explains
I
couldn’t
n’t be less famous but
thankss to my husband’s career
in theatre
atre and film, and my
ob until recently as editor
own job
ge of British Vogue, over
at large
ars I’ve walked down red
25 years
carpets from Bafta to Broadway’s Tony
Awards, the Cannes Film Festival and
the Oscars.
It’s always nerve-racking to know
what to wear – especially when no
er going to look at me
one’s even ever
itical and sartorial
– but it’s a political
minefield for the actors, and that’s
e award has been handed
before a single
ents are a huge
out. These events
or an actor or model to
opportunity for
eat they’re looking
show how great
to producers and directors, but
osmetic and
crucially to cosmetic
ds looking for a
fashion brands
ust look at the
new “face” – just
tresses selling you
amount of actresses
moisturiser – it can be a very
k.
lucrative walk.
ywood red carpet
If the Hollywood
isn’t enough of a challenge,
the Met Ball iss the fancy dress
rom hell. Maybe
theme party from
it’s someone else’s dream
night out. Butt the
opportunitiess of total
re infinite.
humiliation are
ght’s hosts were
Monday night’s
r, Rihanna, Amal
Anna Wintour,
Clooney and Donatella Versace.
hat is enough to
Just reading that
ak into a muck
make me break
d carpet challenge
sweat. This red
cars look like a tea
makes the Oscars
nstagram orgy of
party. It’s an Instagram
ing opportunity.
brand marketing
nt of work that goes
The amount
ion for a walk down
into preparation
the red carpett is staggering. In 2016
p Nicole Kidman
I went to keep
he got ready to go to
company as she
the premiere of her film Lion. I
ended her through
met and befriended
my husband’ss professional
relationship with her many
pent the
years ago – I spent
afternoon sitting
ing chatting to
her as her team
m prepared her
hair and make-up.
e-up. Her
sitting room had three of
four dress choices
oices strewn
Celebrity sidekick: Fiona Golfar at the
premiere of Lion during the 60th BFI
London Film Festival at Leicester Square
in 2016
over sofas. Sat in the hallway waiting
for her to get dressed was a security
guard from a jewellery company
holding a black box full of delicious
diamonds. She sat patiently without
fidgeting for hours whilst they
prepared her and finally she slipped
her unbelievably gorgeous body into a
black silk velvet Armani Privé dress
and off we went to Leicester Square. It
was a cold night and as Nicole walked
the red carpet I held her handbag and
watched as she was led along the red
carpet through the line of frenzied
photographers and journalists by the
film
film’ss publicist.
She took 30 minutes to walk
wal the
short distance to the cinema, she was
freezing and trying not to let the
thigh-high slit in her dress flap
fla too
revealingly in the bitter wind but you
wouldn’t have known. After tthe
premiere, we slipped out the back and
went to the Fumoir bar at Cla
Claridge’s
hotel and drank whiskey sours.
sour
Once whilst working at Vog
Vogue I
helped an A-list celebrity borrow
borr
a
dress for an important awards
ceremony. She tore the dress badly on
her heel and texted the designer
design to tell
him. Rather than apologise, she
sh said:
“Don’t worry, the press got a g
great
shot of it!” and the destroyed garment
was returned scrumpled up
u in a
plastic bag.
My own red carpet drama
happened at the Oscar
Oscars some
years ago. My husband
husban had
produced a film calle
called The
Hourss and it got nine
nominations. Nicole was in it
and won the Oscar ffor best
actress. After careful
carefu
preparation, which involved
slathering myself in body
cream and tonging the
living daylights out
ou of my
hair, I finally sque
squeezed into
prett pink
the palest of pretty
m
corseted dresses made
for
We
me by Vivienne Westwood
and got in the limo tto go to
w
the Kodak Theatre, which
has
all the charm and good lighting
conferenc centre.
of a Seventies conference
chewi
As we drove along chewing
Altoids (the go-to red carpet
carp breath
self-respec
fresheners – no self-respecting
celeb leaves home without them) I
ran my hand across my ch
chest and
to my absolute horror realised
real
my
fake tan had reacted with my body
cream and was peeling off like a
snake skin. I was hysteric
hysterical. The
more I tried to rub it in th
the more it
peeled off. I had to spend the
whole evening avoiding aany
physical contact with anyone
anyo in
case I shed on them.
But hey, who am I to talk
talk? I’ve
nothing to sell. And I can at lleast be
thankful that my dramas won
won’t end up
on the front page of a newspa
newspaper, or
get me dropped from a cosme
cosmetic
contract.
ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
T
he Cannes
film festival
kicks off
today, and as
well as the
red carpet
gowns, that also means a
lot of celebrities trying
their hand at “riviera
chic”. This seems to span
everything from Breton
stripes to military
braiding and white jeans,
and nods to Jane Birkin’s
basket bags and Brigitte
Bardot’s (and you can see
what they did here)
bardot tops: the ideal
summer wardrobe,
particularly appealing in
light of this heatwave.
But I am not in
Cannes. I am in London,
and my means of
sport isn’t
isn t a luxury
transport
r, but the Victoria
liner,
line, rendering those
gold espadrille wedges
and rope-handle bags
a bit much. That being
said,, my everyday
drobe could do with
wardrobe
mming-up, and a
glamming-up,
e vicarious sunshinelittle
sing appeals. And I
dressing
weltering in jeans.
am sweltering
hat does riviera
a
What
sing look like on the
dressing
a del Highbury?
Costa
tly, focus
Firstly,
abrics that
on fabrics
the well but
breathe
still look smart,
and avoid
hing
anything
er. I
sheer.
don’tt mind
sed
creased
n
linen
he
on the
ch,
beach,
but
would avoid it in the city;
seersucker cotton can
be just as comfortable
in the heat. Raffia shoes
don’t translate well to
real life either, so I prefer
wooden-soled sandals
to espadrilles; Swedish
Hasbeens have the best
range. The leather uppers
are quite hard to break in,
but if you rub them with
olive oil (or whatever’s in
your kitchen cupboard,
providing it’s pale in
colour) they’ll soften up.
I don’t mind an actual
basket bag for town use,
so long as it’s structured
rather than floppy. Keep
all of your little bits and
pieces in a canvas zippouch or make-up bag that
you can tuck inside the
basket, both to stop things
from falling out and to
avoid being pickpocketed.
Try a coloured suede
bucket bag as a smarter
alternative to leather if
your office has a stricter
dress code than mine.
I love summer dresses,
but separates will be more
useful in the city – a silk
skirt can be paired with a
Seersucker blouse, £165
(mih-jeans.com)
Jacket, £230, Myar
(matchesfashion.com)
Skirt, £500, Lisa Marie
Fernandez (net-a-porter.com)
Sandals, £159,
(swedishhasbeens.com)
Bag, £89.99 (mango.com)
Earrings, £118 (anna-nina.nl)
T-shirt, silk blouse or light
knit depending
depend
on the
weather. A khaki shacket
(terrible wo
word for a shirt
jacket, not a medical
condition) w
will ground
everything and offset
more feminine
femin
pieces. A
Breton strip
striped top may be
a cliché, bu
but I find them
more flattering
flatter
than a
blocky white
whit T-shirt with a
bigger bust.
bust
Belts can be very useful
in smartening
smarteni
up more
casual summer
sum
pieces,
as can a good
goo pair of
sunglasses – a
sharper shape or bold
colour will work well.
Save aviators, mirrored
and pale-tinted lenses
for your hols. Finally,
since a weekend
sunbathing on my
balcony in factor 50
hasn’t taken the pallor
from my skin after a
long winter, I’ll be
faking a little Cannes
glow by adding Isle of
Paradise’s self-tanning
drops (£19.95, boots.com)
to my moisturiser.
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
INTERVIEW
‘Women can’t
opt out of big
money jobs’
Keynote: Kathryn
Parsons, left, is
urging more women
to join the industry;
above, at an
Institute of
Directors event
If technology is the future, why are so many
women turning their back on it? Jamie
Johnson asks coding guru Kathryn Parsons
and presented to women. And it’s just
unacceptable. There is nothing
factual, no hard reason why women
should not be a part of it.”
Look at what has been dubbed
“brogrammer” culture and you’ll also
notice almost all of the top tech CEOs
are white and male. A 2017 report by
the Chartered Institute for IT showed
that just 17 per cent of those working in
technology in the UK are female. The
number of female founders is even
fewer, with Bathurst’s Scale-up Index
of 2017 showing that just four per cent
of UK scale-up companies have a
female founder.
However, Parsons insists that
shouldn’t put women off: “I wouldn’t
be such a champion for women getting
into technology if I thought it was a
toxic environment. The benefit of
being a female tech founder is you can
establish a different culture and can
change problems you want to change.
“If you put this powerful toolset in
the hands of more women, more
diverse problems would get
solved and more businesses
would get created to make
the world a better place.”
It is one reason
Parsons has become a
high-profile supporter
of The Telegraph’s
Women Mean Business
campaign, which is
seeking to help close the
funding gap between male
and female founders, and
boost female entrepreneurship
and start-ups in the UK. Parsons says:
“What you’re doing is amazing. I think
I would have benefited from it.”
Leading from the front, Decoded
has just started accredited data
science courses. “I really want 50 per
‘To
change
the
culture of
business,
more
need to be
founded
by
women’
BLOOMBERG
O
n a quiet afternoon at a
private members club
in Mayfair, the
exuberant Kathryn
Parsons leans in from a
cushioned high-back
armchair and talks at length about
what really matters to her. At the top
of the list is getting more women into
technology.
“Technology is driving the future
economy and it is not good enough
to accept that a lot of women opt out
at an early age,” she says assertively.
“If you start looking at salary, high
growth industries are those that have
technology at their core – you cannot
come in to a decent role in any of
those businesses if you say that
you’re not interested in technology.
If you say that you’re opting out of a
high-growth industry.”
Having co-founded Decoded, a
tech educator company in 2011 along
with Alasdair Blackwell, Steve Henry
and Richard Peters, the 36-year-old
knows what she is talking about. The
company is now a global brand
hosting technology masterclasses in
85 cities across the world, reaching
250,000 people face-to-face as well
as hundreds of thousands more
online.
We are, Parsons says, living in a
technological renaissance, but
despite being an industry of the
future, girls are seemingly opting out
of jobs which could not only
guarantee a secure career, but also
some big money, too.
So why is this? Frustrated, not by
the question, but by the situation,
Parsons says: “Number one, it is not
to do with proficiency or ability.
Number two, it is absolutely to do
with branding and how it’s taught
cent mandatory attendance for
women,” says Parsons. “The starting
salary for a data scientist who is fully
qualified is something like £150,000
and I am certain that every employer
can find at least 15 women to go
through apprenticeship levy
funded courses and
programmes.”
To get to the top,
Parsons knows it is
imperative that
education and hard
work starts young, but
recognises that family
has an important role to
play, too. The youngest of
two daughters, she says
her dad was key in pushing
her to make her own luck.
“My dad, I think was a little unusual,”
she says, smiling. “He was thrusting
books called ‘how to start a business’
into my hands when I was seven years
old. He was an accountant and was just
very ambitious for me, and I love him
for that. It meant that when I was
young I didn’t think it was weird that I
wanted to start a business.
“Both my parents are Irish and when
they came to the UK there was an
element of ‘make it yourself because no
one is going to give you a job’ and that
rubbed off.”
After attending the independent
Channing School and Cambridge
University, where she studied ancient
Greek and Latin, Parsons joined Ogilvy
& Mather’s graduate scheme. She
focused on tech, and worked with MTV
to create “Cherry Girl” – a character
designed to promote environmental
awareness among a younger audience.
It was around this time, aged 26,
that she really caught the tech bug. Of
going it alone with a digital creative
agency and without a workplace,
Parsons says: “One of the first places to
get free Wi-Fi was Wetherspoons, so at
7am I would get in there and get
working. It was lonely.”
Eventually, the gravitational shift
towards east London started and
Parsons became immersed in the tech
area she calls “the Silicon drinkabout”.
She soon met Decoded’s co-founders
and in 2013, Parsons won the Veuve
Clicquot New Generation award for her
work at their annual businesswoman of
the year ceremony. It, she says, opened
doors across the world.
“It took code from being the
preserve of guys hacking into laptops
in their pants in a basement, into the
glamorous world of Veuve, which was
all about these game-changing women
with really big ambitions,” she said.
Tonight, she will be making a
keynote speech at the ceremony, which
will see either Matches Fashion
founder Ruth Chapman or Severn
Trent CEO Liv Garfield take the overall
prize. Parsons still meets up regularly
with previous winners and nominees,
dining with ITV’s Carolyn McCall,
IBM’s Harriet Green and banker
Katherine Garrett-Cox last week. “I
think the women’s network is a force to
be reckoned with,” she says. “The best
way to change the culture of business
is for more businesses to be founded
by women. For that to happen,
women need a few things.
Environments like incubators that
allow you to learn, and I think it’s
great doing things in teams, so I think
you need to do a bit of ‘dating’ to find
a CEO or COO.”
In 2014, the UK became the second
country in the world to make coding
mandatory on the national
curriculum, something Parsons calls
“a massive success and something we
should be proud of ”.
What it has also done is normalise
coding in gender terms, because girls
and boys are both exposed to the
technology, in the same way as they
would be for history or science.
“There are something like four
million seven-year-olds every year
now getting exposed to potentially
one of the most powerful and relevant
skills and tools of the future,” she
adds. Looking forward, Parsons says
the future lies in quantum computing.
“There are fewer than 30 quantum
computers in the world and this will
be a space race for computing,
because the person who manages to
crack it will have exponential
computing power. All the promise of
AI is almost a bit moot because the
computing power you need to power
an AI-driven society doesn’t exist yet.”
And quantum computing is what
exactly? “We have always computed
in binary – so something is always 1 or
0. I believe that you’re sitting there
because you happen in my
imagination to be in front of me, but
this idea that you could both be there
and not be there at the same time is
more to do with quantum reality and
quantum physics and that’s how
quantum computing works. It is
making the state of entanglement and
quantum a reality.”
I’m slightly perplexed, but wideeyed and talking with genuine
excitement, Parsons adds without a
beat: “It’s absolutely fascinating.”
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A grandparent’s
love must be
protected by law
he most anguished
letters I have received in
25 years as a columnist
T
have come from
grandparents denied
access to their
grandchildren. Once heard, their
stories are not easily forgotten.
Malcolm and Sally told me they had
been extremely close to their granddaughters, aged five and seven, when
their son was killed in an accident. His
widow moved to a neighbouring town
with her new partner and cut off all
contact. Eventually, they found out
which school the children attended. “It
sounds quite mad,” Malcolm wrote,
“but we would drive there when it was
playtime and would stand by the
railings hoping to catch a glimpse of the
girls. We felt like criminals.”
Malcolm and Sally spent thousands
of their retirement savings taking legal
action to maintain a relationship with
their beloved granddaughters. After
two years, they were allowed to see the
girls for a couple of hours every few
months in a contact centre. “It was like
prison visiting,” Malcolm wrote. “The
girls were clearly upset and we felt we
had to whisper when we said we loved
them and they said they loved us in
case their mum overheard.”
In another terrible case, Jan wrote to
say that she and her husband took the
agonising decision to report their
drug-addict daughter to the authorities
because they could see she was
neglecting their grandson. Social
workers sought a foster family for the
four-year-old and idiotically ruled out
his own grandparents as suitable
‘Losing contact with
children is a
particularly cruel
form of bereavement’
candidates. When the child was
returned to his mother she cut her
parents out of his life. Their birthday
cards and Christmas presents were
returned unopened. “Our daughter
said we had put our grandson at risk by
reporting her situation to the
authorities,” Jan said. “Actually, we
were trying to protect him.”
Losing contact with children you
have fed and bathed and crooned to
sleep is a particularly cruel form of
bereavement. I have heard of
grandparents going to their graves still
hoping that long-lost grandchildren
might get in touch. It’s hugely
encouraging, therefore, to hear that the
Ministry of Justice is examining
proposals to give grandparents an
automatic right to see their
grandchildren. 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 their extended family. At
the moment, grandparents face an
arduous, two-stage process, applying
first to court for the ability just to
request access. Despite the difficulty
and enormous expense, 2,000
grandparents applied for child
arrangement orders in 2016 (up 25 per
cent). In future, judges would have to
put greater weight on the attempts of
grandparents to gain access.
To say this reform is long overdue is
putting it mildly. The law has failed
quite abysmally to keep pace with
social changes which have seen
grandparents assuming an ever-greater
role in youngsters’ lives. According to a
YouGov poll for Age UK, two thirds of
the nation’s grandparents – that’s five
million people – now provide regular
childcare for their grandchildren. One
in 10 looks after their grandchildren
every single day, a fifth look after them
4-6 times a week and 38 per cent take a
caring role 2-3 times a week.
The extraordinary rise of
“grannannying” has come about
because so many families now have
two parents in full-time work. Not only
is granny cheaper than a nursery, she is
one of the few people who loves your
child as much as you do. Many women I
know feel confident going back to work
because they’re sure that their own
mother (or mother-in-law) is the best
possible carer their children could
have. This vast unpaid contribution to
the well-being of society is
scandalously unacknowledged.
Grannannies are not just of use when
children are little. A third say that they
play the role of confidante for older
grandchildren with worries. Many of us
will have wonderful memories of the
precious part our own grandparents
played in our lives, a relationship which
is often simpler and more joyful than
the one with parents. On Twitter not
long ago, I said that, decades after their
deaths, I was still sustained by the
unconditional love of my Welsh Mam
(Mamgu) and Dat (Tadcu). The response
was overwhelming. Scores of people
tweeted about their grandparents
providing a sanctuary, a place where
they knew they would be adored and
accepted no matter what.
It is disgraceful that the law persists
in treating them as “outsiders” or
discriminates against them in adoption
cases. How many times have we read
about horrific child-abuse stories
where it emerges that the grandparents
applied for, and were denied, custody
of a child who was subsequently hurt
or killed?
Think, if you can bear to, of the
distress of the grandparents of six-yearold Ellie Butler, beaten to death in 2013
by her father, Ben Butler, less than a
year after she was returned to her
parents following a custody battle. As a
baby, Ellie was placed in the care of her
adoring grandparents, Neal and Linda
Gray, after their son-in-law was
convicted of shaking her. She was
incredibly happy for four years until
she was returned to what Ellie called a
“bad house”.
Discriminating against them on the
grounds of age is an outrage. Better a
mildly forgetful grandpa than a dad
with an evil temper.
In France, the legal system gives
children the choice of seeing their
grandparents, no matter what
malicious parents might say. British
children both need and deserve that
access to intergenerational help and
support, so crucial when the nuclear
family is in meltdown. A parent should
not be allowed to weaponise children
in a rancorous divorce, not if it means
cutting them off from grandparents to
spite an erring spouse. The proposed
change to the Children’s Act is easily
made – let’s hope all MPs support it.
My son asks me why I get tears in my
eyes whenever I talk about my
grandfather. I try to tell him about that
wonderful man, the walks where he
taught me the names of all the flowers
(every spring, I recall the difference
between blackthorn and hawthorn
because of him), the hazelnuts knocked
from the hedgerow by his stick, the
beautiful songs he sang, the smell of his
Fedora hat come in from the rain, the
smallness of my mittened hand held in
his. Romantic love may wither and die,
but a grandparent’s love is yours
forever.
I feel for Ian McEwan,
homework can be cruel
M
y heart goes out to Ian
McEwan. The novelist
says he feels “a little
dubious” about young people
being made to study his books
after his son, Greg, was asked to
write an A-level essay on his
father’s Enduring Love a few
years ago. “I confess I did give
him a tutorial and told him
what he should consider. I
didn’t read his essay, but it
turned out his teacher
disagreed fundamentally with
what he said.” The luckless
Greg ended up with a
wounding C+.
The Liverpool poet Adrian
Henri had a similar story: he
took an exam on his own work,
and failed because the
examiner felt that he hadn’t
understood the poet’s
intention.
As an experiment, the former
Royal Shakespeare Company
Ian McEwan: his son got a C+ for
an essay on his father’s book
director Trevor Nunn answered
an A-level question about
Hamlet and got a B because he
failed to make a good enough
argument. These days,
knowledge of the text can
certainly be a hindrance, let
alone any unwanted insight
into plays beyond the set book.
I must admit that parental
humiliation of the McEwan
variety is not unknown at
Pearson Towers. One of the
children, I forget which, was
having a complete meltdown
over a piece of English
homework they were late
handing in. Himself set about
the ragged prose with a
practised eye, crafting an essay
which was “rather brilliant if I
say so myself ”.
One week later. “What d’you
mean, we got a B? How the hell
did I get a B?”
“You didn’t put enough key
words in, Dad. The teacher said
it was really well written
though.”
Was there possibly some mild
teasing of the Top English First
in His Year at Cambridge over
his abject failure to get an A* in
a GCSE essay?
You know me. I wouldn’t be
that mean, would I?
Caring about what
Meghan wears doesn’t
make women stupid
Life imitates art:
Meghan Markle
walks down the
aisle in a sleeveless
dress in Suits
A
her own nature.
Slocock says
that in order to
change attitudes
to women in
public, female
journalists could
take a lead and
“stop writing
about what
women wear
and start
reporting what
they say”. I’ve
got a better idea.
How about we
start treating
feminine
passions as
important and
worthy of
respect?
Admittedly,
fashion has its
absurdities – see
Katy Perry
wearing a
three-ton
feather duster as
a “heavenly
angel” at the Met
Gala. But the
fact is the
extraordinary
female ability to
notice things, I
mean really
notice and
analyse visual
things, whether
it’s lovely
clothes or
feelings
scudding across
a human face, is
what makes
women
remarkable.
That’s not
weakness, it’s a
special power.
And I’m not
ashamed to say
it; I can’t wait to
see Meghan’s
dress.
glorious
bank
holiday
weekend and
three
generations of
women in my
family are in the
garden
discussing the
hot topic of the
moment. Brexit?
Soaring knife
crime? The Iran
nuclear deal?
Don’t be
ridiculous.
We’re talking
about Meghan’s
dress.
“Are you
excited about
the wedding?”
asks the
80-something,
who says she is
eager to see “the
fashions”. The
20-something
admits she is
very excited.
“Can’t wait to
see what she
wears!” We are
all three of us
mildly
scandalised that
Harry’s bride
has splashed a
rumoured
£100,000 on a
gown (“It’s not
right for her to
spend more than
Kate did on her
wedding dress”),
but I notice that
this does little to
dampen our
feverish
anticipation.
The
50-something
(aka your
columnist) is
intrigued to find
out whether
Meghan will opt
for what suits
her Americanactress Suits self
– sleeveless,
low-cut,
revealing a lot of
collarbone, hair
long, tendrilly
and down – or
will she bow to
royal pressure
(full sleeves,
definitely no
cleavage, formal
up-do plus
historic tiara).
Much will be
revealed by that
decision.
Clothes are
rarely only
decorative; they
are revealing of
a world-view as
well as a
personal style.
It was clear
from our
delightful
speculation
about the
wedding – what
on earth will the
mad hatters
come up with
this time for
Princess
Beatrice? – that
visual pleasure
is an intrinsic
part of the
female psyche at
any age.
Were there
groups of men in
the UK
pondering the
outfits at the
royal wedding
or were they too
busy burning
burgers on the
BBQ and
absorbing the
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earth-shattering
news about Sir
Alex Ferguson
and his brain
haemorrhage?
I intend no
disrespect when
I say that Alex
Ferguson means
nothing to me.
Nor to millions
of other women,
I would wager.
Yet his illness
led the TV news
and dominated
the front pages
in a way I found
completely over
the top. It’s
revealing how
predominantly
male interests
are still treated
with
seriousness,
reverence even,
while female
interests are
deemed to be
gossipy or
lightweight.
That point
emerges with
great force in
Caroline
Slocock’s
brilliant new
book about
Margaret
Thatcher, People
Like Us. As
private secretary
to the prime
minister during
her last 18
months in No 10,
Slocock
observed that
“clothes were
her private
passion”.
A whole
chapter is
dedicated to
what Mrs T
wore, the way
that her
wardrobe
shifted from
slightly fussy
clothes that
advisers felt
made her look
“too much like a
Tory wife” to
tailored suits
that gave a more
androgynous
silhouette,
which she
always softened
with feminine
touches like
high heels and
pearls.
The PM
invented a look
that was
masculine
enough to
project what we
recognise as
power, yet
sufficiently
feminine to
remain true to
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The ups
and
downs of
‘Her Royal
Naffness’
As Fergie smarts over a royal
wedding party snub, Hannah
Betts asks why we still have
such a soft spot for the duchess
W
eddings purport
to be about
bringing people
together, but are
invariably the
cause of angst
and division; never more so than for
Sarah, Duchess of York.
The news that she will not be
invited to Prince Charles’s “inner
sanctum” bash for Harry and Meghan
has apparently left the 58-year-old
duchess “deeply unhappy”. Prince
Andrew’s ex-wife is among 600
guests invited to the ceremony at
Windsor’s St George’s Chapel on May
19, and the reception. However, while
the Duke of York and their daughters
have also received invitations for the
Prince of Wales’s second,
private shindig for 250,
Fergie is not on the list.
Prince Charles is said to
fail to understand why the
duchess remains such a
part of his brother’s life
(divorced for 20 years, the
pair live together at Royal
Lodge in Windsor, acting as
each other’s plus-ones). His
Royal snub: Prince
Harry insisted that
his Aunt Sarah,
right, be invited to
his wedding,
despite her being
left off the guest
list at the wedding
of his brother,
below
father, the Duke of Edinburgh, goes
further, allegedly having described her
as “having no point”.
Despite some recent thawing in her
NFI status at royal events – notably,
invitations to Balmoral and Royal Ascot
– awkwardness remains in the fact that
Prince Philip apparently refuses to be
in the same room as her. She was not
invited to the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge’s nuptials at Westminster
Abbey in 2011 – despite being a far
larger occasion – seeking sanctuary in a
Thai spa before appearing on Oprah to
lament the situation.
And there’s the rub. Wellintentioned as she appears to be,
there’s a blundering naffness about our
heroine which means that she will
never be fully accepted by senior
royals. Instead, she is always in the
doghouse about something, whether
an inappropriate “friend,” or her latest
moneymaking enterprise (a right royal
juicer, anyone?).
As in the brilliant Channel 4 satire,
The Windsors, the duchess seems to
make a habit of turning up fresh from
some new, mortifying escapade – now
fixed in the collective consciousness as
issuing actress Katy Wix’s fabulously
throaty “Hullo, girls” in greeting. For
the artist formerly known as Sarah
Ferguson is the hokey-cokey royal: in,
out, and with a tendency to shake it all
about that doesn’t go down well with
fustier members of The Firm. One can
almost hear Harry’s tentative: “We
need to talk about Aunt Sarah.”
For it was Prince Harry who
apparently demanded that Fergie be
given her moment in the sun. Close as
he is to his two cousins, Beatrice and
Eugenie (who are friends, in turn with
Meghan’s “sister”, Misha Nonoo), he is
said to have insisted that their mother
attend his big day, despite the “massive
headache” sources claim has ensued.
Fergie was his mother’s great ally –
before a certain froideur set in – and
one can only assume that her reaction
on seeing her nephews left motherless
was to long to smother them with love.
Once reunited, one imagines that she
will have wanted to be The Best Aunt
Ever, all suffocating hugs and sticky
lipstick kisses. For Fergie is that
relative: the one you rather like – love
even – and yet still kind of get why
everyone else is allergic.
Those not old enough to remember
the duchess’s own marriage in 1986 – a
millennial friend had to google her –
will have no idea of the national hoopla
involved. The union between the
dashing (Falklands) war hero and the
jolly ginger nut was the event of the
mid-Eighties, just as Charles and
D
Diana’s had been the event of the
d
decade’s opening years. Fergie
– she was always Fergie – was not
aas posh as Diana (who was
aarguably posher than the
W
Windsors),
not as remote, and
n apparently, a virgin – the
not,
t
thrill!
She had lived a bit, in a
S
Sloaney,
pony sort of way: an
H
HRH
in Jilly Cooper guise – fun,
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WHAT DOES YOUR WEDDING INVITATION SAY ABOUT YOU?
A British
wedding used to
be so simple: a
ceremony, a
reception, and a
bit of a “do” in
the evening,
with one guest
list, made up of
extended family,
old friends and
unruly children.
Now, many
modern couples
stage a weekend
with sections
featuring a
different cast.
Country Life
magazine has
called it “the
nuptial
equivalent of an
arms race”. But,
the real
question, as a
guest, is what
does your
invitation say
about you?
Church and
wedding
breakfast
You are a reliable
sort who will get
to the church on
time. Either that,
or you’re an
ex-girlfriend of
the groom (the
bride is
particularly keen
for you to be
present while he
slips the ring on
to HER finger),
but can’t be
trusted not to get
too drunk at the
evening do.
Snub factor: 3/5
It’s a little
galling, but at
least you’ll get a
couple of glasses
of bubbly and a
scone out of it.
Dinner and
disco
For some, it
would seem a
major slight to
have to miss the
actual ceremony.
But when you’re
on your seventh
wedding of the
summer,
skipping the
main event is
like winning the
wedding lottery.
You are most
likely a
colleague of the
bride or groom
– a reliable
dinner
companion, can
hold your drink,
and will lead the
dancing like a
champ.
Snub factor: 1/5
Seen one flower
girl sob down
the aisle while a
dodgy parish
choir sings
Pachelbel’s
Canon, seen ’em
all.
Dessert and
dancing
Ever found
yourself having
to fly out to a
destination
wedding on a
Greek island,
clutching an
invite to the
“dessert and
dancing” stage of
the festivities,
then spent the
afternoon
twiddling your
thumbs while
more popular
guests attended
the service, the
lunch, the
cocktail hour,
and the evening
meal?
Snub factor: 5/5
Couples take
note: it is not OK
to invite people
to what could
amount to three
hours of your
wedding. Either
you want them
there or not.
Eleanor Steafel
horsey, having toyed with the
requisite Fulhamite roles (art, PR,
publishing). Here was a different sort
of woman to be the subject of
scrapbooks and commemorative
mugs: chubby, larky, about whom – as
with Meghan Markle – we heard the
phrase “breath of fresh air”. It was her
idea that she and Diana dress up as
policewomen and gatecrash Prince
Andrew’s stag.
The beginnings of her notoriously
“chequered history” did not take long
to emerge. The new duchess and her
husband were branded “vulgar”; the
duchess’s brash humour deemed
inappropriate; her weight gaining her
the tabloid sobriquet “Duchess of
Pork”. But her real fall from grace
came six months after their 1992
separation, with the front-page,
topless toe-sucking incident in which
she was caught cavorting with her
financial adviser in the south of
France; her role as a Weight Watchers
ambassador, and promotions with
Wedgwood and Avon; and an
ill-judged reality show in which she
lived on a council estate and lectured
residents about nutrition.
Her financial misadventures are
legendary. In 2009, her US firm
collapsed leaving $1 million of debt. A
year later, she was filmed accepting
$40,000 (£27,600) in an alleged
cash-for-access scandal, after which
she made a “redemptive” appearance
on Oprah declaring that her life had
been “in the gutter”. Other media
moments have included Loose Women,
Celebrity Apprentice, and regular spots
on Radio 2’s Steve Wright show.
Lately, her outbursts have found a
new medium in Instagram, where she
posts a steady stream of inspirational
aphorisms, and gushes over her
daughter’s engagement.
Her relationship with her offspring
is close-bordering-on-oddball, the
duchess herself having remarked:
“We do everything together, even go
clubbing, which caused some people
to say, ‘Can’t you back off? They don’t
want their mother there.’ So I asked
them and they said, ‘No, we want you
to come because you’re hip-hop,
crazy, mad’.” This from a woman who
– without irony – declares her role
model to be the Queen.
And, yet – her former father-in-law
apart – most of us reserve a soft spot
for Fergie. Trying as she may be, she
is no less a trier. She did the emotional
literacy thing years before the young
royals, even if this frequently spills
over into emotional incontinence.
And she’s not without self-knowledge.
In her Oprah confessional, she argued
that there was no one to blame but
herself for her lack of invitation.
Brilliantly, come the autumn, the
queen of velvet bows and errant toes
will be in charge of her own nuptial
guest list when Eugenie marries.
Doubtless, she will use the
opportunity to be characteristically
generous. Albeit, there may be talk of
juicing in Hello! shortly afterwards.
**
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018
25
Arts
Opening doors: James Daunt in the
Piccadilly branch of Waterstones
ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
that Kindles aren’t an essential way to
read in some circumstances, but
they’re really substantially worse in an
awful lot of ways.”
At the beginning of this year,
Waterstones announced an 80 per cent
jump in its annual profits.
So what are Daunt’s plans for the
future? “It’s a very uncomplicated
vision: carry on doing what we do best,”
he replies. “We’ll open new shops, we’ll
smarten up ever more of our existing
shops. The interesting point is that the
very difficulties that are going on in the
high street at the moment are an
opportunity for us. For example, in the
last three weeks we’ve opened shops in
Clifton [in Bristol], Reigate and the
Trafford centre [in Manchester], and
they’re all very different places. As a lot
of bank branches and shops close, we
can open shops at last: I’ve been
wanting to open a bookshop in Clifton
since the Nineties.”
I ask him if he is bothered by reports
of a crisis in “literary” fiction, with sales
reportedly plummeting.
“I’ve been nearly 30 years a
bookseller and I don’t think I’ve ever
heard anything different,” he says. “We
sell astonishing numbers of whatever
the latest literary bestseller is, and our
bestselling book almost every year is a
‘My parents were
convinced that the
television was going
to be the end of reading’
‘Publishers live in
marble palaces’
Are books in crisis? As Waterstones is sold,
its MD, James Daunt, tells Jake Kerridge
that the prophecies of gloom are wrong
J
ames Daunt has mastered
the busy bookseller’s art
of walking across the shop
floor as quickly as
possible without bumping
into the customers who
veer into his path, too
distracted by the rich
pickings on the shelves to
watch where they’re going. As he heads
towards me in the Piccadilly branch of
Waterstones, I wonder if any of them
realise that it’s thanks to the man
striding purposefully among them that
this shop still exists.
When HMV sold the Waterstones
book chain to the Russian businessman
Alexander Mamut in 2011, the company
was hurtling towards the knacker’s
yard. But Mamut made an inspired
decision when he appointed Daunt as
his managing director. The 54-year-old,
the founder of the small but muchadmired independent chain Daunt
Books, has transformed the company,
brought it back into the black, and
defied predictions that the mighty
Amazon was going to stomp bricksand-mortar bookshops into oblivion.
Now, though, the much-loved book
chain faces another threat to its
existence – from a ruthless hedge fund.
Elliott Management, owned by the
controversial New York billionaire Paul
Singer, announced at the end of last
month that it was buying the company
from Mamut, sparking fears of asset
stripping. Anne Stevens, CEO of British
engineering firm GKN (in which Elliott
has a stake) has complained that Elliott
does not “give a crap” about long-term
outcomes, and Singer himself was once
described as a “financial terrorist” by
the president of Argentina for his
ruthless pursuit of debts.
“Private equity firm buys majority
stake in Waterstones,” tweeted literary
agent Jonny Geller when the sale (for a
rumoured £250 million) was revealed.
“No mention of future plans or vision
so let’s hope it doesn’t mean closing of
more bookshops in this country.”
Daunt is staying in his job, and as we
talk over very decent coffee in the
Piccadilly shop’s mezzanine café, I
remind him that, at the time he was
hired in 2011, he claimed to be very
pleased that Waterstones had been
bought by “one man writing a cheque”
rather than a private equity firm. How
does he feel, now that alternative
outcome has come to pass?
“I’m genuinely extremely pleased to
have worked under Mamut,” he begins.
“[He] took the most extraordinary risk
in allowing us to respond to that
explosion in Kindle- and e-reading that
took place in 2011-12. To hold his nerve
and not bail out … I think delivering
him a profit on his investment was a
duty, frankly. So who was it best to sell
to? Well I’m afraid these days, private
equity, in a very tough retail market, is
probably the answer.”
What does he think about
prophecies of gloom like Geller’s?
“That’s slightly illogical,” he says.
“We’re opening more shops than we’re
closing. Some people have this notion
that we’re always about to close shops
– if we close one we must be going to
close a hundred – which I simply don’t
Chilling look at the push for progress
Exhibition
The Future Starts Here
V&A
★★★★★
By Alastair Sooke
W
hat will the future look like?
After visiting the V&A’s latest
exhibition, The Future Starts
Here, which sets out to explore how
design is “shaping the world of
tomorrow”, I can tell you: sinister,
that’s what.
The show packs in 112 objects,
products and “projects”, including
solar-powered shirts that can charge a
smartphone, and driverless cars –
which, by my reckoning, have been a
staple of crystal-ball-gazing exhibitions
for years, even though engineers have
yet to guarantee their safety.
High above everything, though, is a
drone currently being developed by
Facebook, swooping among the rafters
like a sort of dark, giant bat.
It’s called “Aquila” (Latin for eagle),
which sounds noble, but also carries
scary imperialistic associations. This
feels appropriate, since Aquila, which
has a 140ft wingspan (comparable to
that of a Boeing 737 and making it the
largest object ever installed inside the
V&A), is designed to glide around at an
altitude of 60,000ft, beaming down
invisible laser beams to enhance
internet connectivity.
At least, that’s what Facebook says.
But, in the wake of the Cambridge
Analytica data scandal, who knows? I’m
no tech-head, or anti-corporate
anarchist, but even I can see that Aquila
has the potential to be an Orwellian
surveillance tool.
It is far from the only exhibit with
potentially menacing implications.
Rather, it stands as an emblem for the
darker trends predicted by the show.
Anyone visiting the V&A with wide-
Foreseeable: Sky Canvas, an artificial shooting star project to predict paths of satellites
eyed excitement about the future, of
the sort that used to animate, say, The
Jetsons or Tomorrow’s World, risks
leaving disillusioned, even chilled.
Yes, there is plenty to marvel at.
These range from the seemingly banal
– a large red robot with pincers that can
sort and fold laundry – to the
extraordinary, and potentially planetsaving: inventor Julian Melchiorri’s
artificial photosynthetic leaf, created
from silk protein, which can absorb
carbon dioxide and produce oxygen –
and could prove vital in the race to
decelerate climate change.
Throughout, though, anxieties
generated by the Digital Revolution
remain omnipresent. In a section
devoted to “smart” objects for the
home, for instance, we see a
photograph of a couple staring at
screens while lying side-by-side in bed
– gripped by technology, but
disengaged. Sadly, this narrative of
alienation is already familiar.
Then there is the American private
company, funded by the US
Department of Defense, which can
predict a person’s appearance from
their DNA – something that criminal
investigators are latching on to with
gusto, even though the results aren’t
always accurate. Later, we encounter a
model of a vast nuclear storage facility
with 37 miles of underground tunnels,
currently being constructed in Finland.
The plan is to bury waste there securely
for up to 100,000 years. But who’s to
say where civilisation will be in a
thousand years, let alone 100,000?
The show begins with a quote by the
French cultural theorist and
philosopher Paul Virilio, reminding us
that the invention of the ship was also
the invention of the shipwreck. The
final section juxtaposes a display about
cryonics (humanity’s bid for
immortality) with information on the
Svalbard Vault, situated in a Norwegian
archipelago, where the world’s seeds
are preserved to ensure humanity’s
survival in the event of planetary
catastrophe.
Ultimately, this is the show’s
sobering message: that technological
“progress” may unwittingly increase
the likelihood of collective selfdestruction. That will certainly give me
pause for thought, next time I find
myself lusting after the latest gadget.
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understand.” There has been no grand
announcement of future plans from
Elliott, and Daunt insists this is because
they do not want major changes.
“I obviously have asked them why
they’re buying us and what they
expect, and the answer has been: ‘Carry
on as you’re doing. We think that you
can grow, and if you do grow, we’ll sell
you for a profit’.”
What Daunt has been doing has
certainly been successful. Waterstones
stores have become nicer places to
visit, with more flowers and comfy
furniture. He insists that staff make
their own decisions about how their
branches are run; every shop has a
different customer demographic, so all
key decisions – what books to stock,
pricing structure, layout – have been
left to branch managers. At the same
time, readers have fallen back in love
with physical books, something Daunt
believes has to do with the power of the
book as a decorative item.
“Bookshelves, for those who are
lucky enough to be able to afford to
invest in books, are a beautiful thing to
own, a necessary part of the way that
we decorate our homes,” he says. “I
don’t think they’ll disappear, just as the
picture in a frame hanging on a wall is
not going to disappear and turn into an
LED plasma screen. That’s not to say
novel, and a literary novel at that.
Publishers wring their hands and say
woe is us and the end of the world is
nigh. Nonetheless, when I started as a
bookseller they were all in small
buildings with rickety staircases. Now
they’re in marble palaces along the
Thames. I shouldn’t mock, but they
really aren’t doing badly.”
He is sanguine about the threat to
reading posed by competing forms of
entertainment, be it Netflix or social
media. “Any parent, of which I’m one,
who watches their children flick
between a million things, thinks: are
they going to sit down and read? But
then I just think back to my childhood,
and my parents were convinced that
television was going to be the end of
reading. I’m not so worried because
books do provide astonishingly good
entertainment.”
Daunt doesn’t use social media and
hardly watches television. Instead he
spends his leisure hours enjoying what
he needs to do for work: read.
After talking to him I have a quick
look around and end up so beguiled I
spend too much money and am late for
my next appointment. Millions of
people have the same experience in
Waterstones branches across the
country. Will that still be the case if and
when Daunt leaves the helm?
Like a slight
episode of
‘The Archers’
Theatre
Nightfall
Bridge Theatre
★★★★★
By Dominic Cavendish
T
he temptation to soften the
critical blow when it comes to
Nightfall is tremendous. Aged
just 31, its author Barney Norris has
written two acclaimed novels, and the
2014 award-winning play Visitors. Here,
we’re told, is a writer of rare sensitivity,
compassion and insight intent on
exploring backwater England at a time
of immense change.
Yet Nightfall strikes me as a
disappointing dip in the thus-far
accomplished programme at the
all-new Bridge. As a family drama, it’s
pedestrian and unpersuasive. As a
reflection on the pressures facing the
rural community, it’s like an
underwhelming episode of The Archers.
Indeed, having gazed for several hours
at Rae Smith’s unlovely, ravagedbucolic set, dominated by an oil
pipeline, I was left feeling Radio 4
would be a far better home for it.
That pipeline is going to provide an
illicit supply of fuel for Ryan, who’s
struggling to run his late father’s
Hampshire farm. We first see him
watching his obliging handyman Pete
(who served a prison sentence in his
stead for an attack that left its victim in
a wheelchair) siphoning oil into a tank.
Still-grieving mother Jenny hasn’t
grasped Pete’s prior self-sacrifice and
tries to thwart romantic overtures
between him and her daughter Lou.
The play tilts between chewing over
predicaments forged by the slimline
plot and grander, editorialising
statements. The crepuscular themes
should emerge and entwine organically
– the raw pain of letting go of the past,
of grown-up children, of a way of life
– but there’s a continual air of strain
about Laurie Sansom’s production.
So superb as the harassed mum in
Outnumbered, Claire Skinner brings to
the uptight Jenny a fresh heap of
suppressed emotion, but she resembles
a clothes-catalogue idea of “country”.
Sion Daniel Young (Ryan), Ukweli
Roach (Pete) and Ophelia Lovibond
(Lou) complete the quartet. Laudably
diligent they are, too, but it’s slight,
mildly soporific stuff.
Until May 26. Tickets: 0844 871 2118;
tickets.telegraph.co.uk
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Court & Social
Court
Circular
CLARENCE HOUSE
May 8th
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall today
undertook engagements in Lyon,
France.
The Prince of Wales,
accompanied by The Duchess of
Cornwall, this afternoon attended
a Victory in Europe
Commemoration Ceremony at the
War Memorial in the Parc de la
Tête d’Or and laid a wreath.
Their Royal Highnesses later
visited les Halles de Lyon-Paul
Bocuse.
The Prince of Wales
subsequently visited the
International Criminal Police
Organization.
His Royal Highness afterwards
visited Isara-Lyon University.
The Duchess of Cornwall this
afternoon visited a women’s shelter.
Her Royal Highness, Patron,
Emmaus UK, subsequently visited
Emmaus Lyon.
KENSINGTON PALACE
May 8th
The Duke of Cambridge this
afternoon received Professor
Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical
Officer).
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 8th
The Earl of Wessex, Royal
Honorary Colonel, Royal Wessex
Yeomanry, this morning held a
Meeting.
The Countess of Wessex this
morning opened Western Sussex
Eye Care, Southlands Hospital,
Upper Shoreham Road, Shorehamby-Sea, and was received by Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West
Sussex (Mrs Susan Pyper).
Her Royal Highness this
afternoon visited the Dementia
Support Centre, Salisbury House,
City Fields Way, Tangmere.
The Countess of Wessex later
opened the Emergency Operations
Centre and Headquarters of South
East Coast Ambulance Service,
Nexus House, Gatwick Road,
Crawley.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 8th
The Princess Royal, Prime
Warden, the Fishmongers’
Company, this afternoon attended
the Not a Master in Sight
Luncheon at Goldsmiths’ Hall,
Foster Lane, London EC2.
Her Royal Highness, Patron,
Transaid, later received Mr Gary
Forster upon relinquishing his
appointment as Chief Executive
and Dr Caroline Barber upon
assuming the appointment.
The Princess Royal, Patron,
Royal Geographical Society,
received Dr Rita Gardner upon
relinquishing her appointment as
Director and Professor Jonathan
Smith upon assuming the
appointment.
Her Royal Highness, Royal
Patron, National Coastwatch
Institution, this evening attended a
Reception at the Corporation of
Trinity House, Trinity Square,
London EC3.
ST JAMES’S PALACE
May 8th
The Duke of Kent, Royal Patron,
this afternoon presented
British-German Association
Medals of Honour at St James’s
Palace.
His Royal Highness later
officially opened the Jack
Pouchot building, Westminster
City School, 55 Palace Street,
London SW1.
Today’s birthdays
Sir John MacDermott, a former
Lord Justice of Appeal of
Northern Ireland, is 91; Lord
Lloyd of Berwick, a former Lord
of Appeal in Ordinary, 89; Prof Sir
Alistair MacFarlane, Principal
and Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt
University, 1989-96, 87; Sir David
Plastow, Chairman, Medical
Research Council, 1990-98, 86;
Mr Alan Bennett, dramatist and
actor, 84; Dr Roy Massey,
Organist and Master of the
Choristers, Hereford Cathedral,
1974-2001, 84; Mr Albert Finney,
actor and director, 82; Miss
Glenda Jackson, former actress
and Labour MP, 82; Prof Alan
Ryan, Warden of New College,
Oxford, 1996-2009, 78; Lord
Wheatley, a former Senator of the
College of Justice in Scotland, 77;
Sir Brian McMaster, Director,
Edinburgh International Festival,
1991-2006, 75; Dr Sir Vince
Cable, Leader of the Liberal
Democrats; former Coalition
Government Minister, 75; Lord
Wilson of Culworth, a Justice of
The Supreme Court, 73; Miss
Nina Campbell, interior designer,
73; Mr David Lindsell, Deputy
Chairman, Financial Reporting
Review Panel, 2008-12, 71; Mr
Billy Joel, singer, pianist and
songwriter, 69; Mr Justice Nicol
67; Mr Nick Crane, geographer,
writer and broadcaster; President,
Royal Geographical Society, 64;
Ms Ruth Kelly, former Labour
Cabinet Minister, 50; Ms Kate
Richardson-Walsh, field hockey
player; former Captain, GB
women’s hockey team and
Olympic gold medallist, women’s
tournament, Rio 2016; bronze
medallist, London 2012, 38; and
Mr Alan Campbell, sculler;
Olympic bronze medallist, men’s
single sculls, London 2012, 35.
Today is the anniversary of the
attempt by Col Thomas Blood to
steal the Crown Jewels in 1671.
FIRST WORLD WAR
Mr H.D. Verey and
Miss C. Chanthorn
The engagement is announced
between Dickon, son of the late
Mr Nicholas Verey and of Mrs Nico
Rogerson, of Newtown, Isle of
Wight, and Chantree, daughter of
Mr Patpirun Supatarapaiboon and
Mrs Nonglux Chanthorn, of
Ayutthaya, Thailand.
Online ref: 553319
Mr R.E.H. Rawlings and
Miss V.E. White
The engagement is announced
between Robert Edward Howie,
younger son of Mr and Mrs
Andrew Rawlings, of Bucklers
Hard, Hants, and Victoria Emily,
younger daughter of Mr Stephen
White, of Clapham, and Mrs Helen
White, of Beckenham, Kent.
Online ref: 553312
Mr S.D. Rapley and
Miss H.F. Gourd
The engagement is announced
between Samuel, son of Mr and
Mrs Stewart Rapley, of
Manchester, and Helena, daughter
of Mr and Mrs Peter Gourd, of
Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute.
Online ref: 553377
Mr V. Freely and
Miss A. Visy
The engagement is announced
between Vincent, son of Mr and
Mrs Dominic Freely, of London,
and Antonia, daughter of Mr and
Mrs Stephan Visy, of Vienna,
Austria.
Online ref: 553374
Exeter Flotilla
Major Judith Webb was the guest
speaker at a dinner held by the
Exeter Flotilla last night in the
Officers' Mess, Commando
Training Centre, Royal Marines,
Lympstone, when her subject was
"Women on the Warpath". Capt
James Luard, RN, Chairman,
presided.
Castaways' Club
Lt A.G.T. Cooper, RN, presided at a
dinner held by the Castaways' Club
on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in
Middle Temple Hall. The principal
guests were:
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce,
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Benjamin
Bathurst, Adml Lord West of Spithead,
Adml Sir Jonathon Band, Adml Sir Jock
Slater, Adml Sir Mark Stanhope, Adml
Sir George Zambellas, Vice-Adml Sir
Tom Blackburn, Vice-Adml Sir Jeremy
Blackham, Vice-Adml Sir David Dobson,
Vice-Adml Sir Anthony Dymock, ViceAdml Sir Tim Laurence, Vice-Adml Sir
Tim McClement, Vice-Adml Sir Michael
Moore, Vice-Adml C.A. Johnstone-Burt,
Vice-Adml B.J. Key, Vice-Adml J.H.S.
McAnally and Vice-Adml A.D. Radakin.
LONDON, THURSDAY MAY 9, 1918
PEERS AND PACIFISM
DEBATE IN THE
LORDS
PEACE BY
NEGOTIATION.
Lord Denbigh’s motion in the House of Lords yesterday, calling on the Government to take stronger
measures against the insidious activities of the
Pacifists in this country, led to an important discussion, and produced speeches of great personal
interest from some of his brother Peers, who had
fallen under his specific censure. For Lord Denbigh plied the lash very vigorously, and in the long
and exhaustive catalogue of Pacifists which he
presented to the House he directly alluded to Lord
Beauchamp, Lord Loreburn, Lord Haldane, and
Lord Lansdowne. All these in their turn got up and
defended themselves against his strictures by presenting their individual points of view – which
are, of course, very different from those of the
more aggressive Pacifists. But the latter have no
representatives or mouthpieces in the House of
Lords, where Pacifism wears a decorous and philosophic aspect.
Lord Denbigh, who has played a very manly
and active part throughout the war, as a soldier and as a propagandist, spoke with much
vehemence of the ignorance of great masses
of the people as to the real causes of the war
and with equal impatience of the supineness
of the Government, the Episcopal Bench, and
Parliament in not having grappled with it
more effectually. He gave their lordships a
sort of sample résumé of his own popular lectures, which was listened to with close attention. The censure was certainly a little indiscriminate. “Simple peace by process of
surrender,” as Lord Lansdowne showed, is not
a fair description of the objects of all those
who favour the idea of “peace by negotiation”;
nor was he fair to the Episcopal Bench, to
whose members he referred contemptuously,
as though they were a pack of Pacifists. But it
was a good, healthy, vigorous speech, the
moral of which was that “the Hun has to be
fought as strenuously at home as in the field”.
HOME PROPAGANDA.
Lord Beaverbrook, as Minister of Information,
defended the Government from the charge of
supineness in the matter of home propaganda,
and gave an account of what his department is
doing, though it is the War Aims Committee, and
not the Ministry, which is chiefly responsible for
propaganda in England. The Ministry, however,
has taken over the cinematographic and photographic side of home propaganda, and it is hoped
that twelve million people weekly will soon be witnessing the special films. Lord Beaverbrook also
said that the demand for the Lichnowsky “Memoirs” had amounted already to four million copies.
He promised renewed and constant activity, but it
is the Home Office which has to do with the suppression of Pacifism, and the Home Office only
moves when there has been flagrant violation of
the law. No change whatsoever in the policy of the
Government in this respect was indicated, a fact
which pleased Lord Haldane, who took the line that
no great danger was to be apprehended from Pacifists, unless their freedom of speech is interfered
with. Lord Haldane reproached Lord Denbigh with
only touching the fringe of his subject in his propagandist lectures. He ought to warn the people, he
said, not only as to the meaning of the German
schemes in the Middle East, but as to the methods
of German penetration and the reason of its success, viz., their superior education and organisation. Lord Haldane, however, laid open his own
flank to an ironic shaft from Lord Curzon, who
reminded him of the efforts which he had made to
awaken the Government, of which Lord Haldane
was a member, to the dangers of the Baghdad Railway scheme, and of the absolutely deaf ear which
they had turned to his warnings. But then Lord
Haldane habitually forgets all his past record in
respect of Germany, except his academic warnings
as to her real strength lying in her superior scientific organisation. Over all else he has passed the
sponge of oblivion.
LORD LANSDOWNE’S
PROTESTS.
His views, however, as to the military position in
the West are noteworthy, for they are so grave that
he disapproves of any attempt being made to overthrow the present Government – an obiter dictum
of special value at this moment. Lord Beauchamp
had expressed his confidence that Prussian militarism would fail again, as it had always failed,
except where aided by treachery, with the one
exception at Tannenberg; Lord Haldane was far
more reserved, and described the situation as
“most critical”. Then came an earnest speech from
Lord Lansdowne, who told the House that he had
taken no part in the private meetings and conferences addressed by Lord Beauchamp, to which
allusion had been made. Lord Lansdowne went on
to emphasise his view that peace by negotiation is
the only way whereby the war can be honourably
and safely ended, seeing that the only alternative
is the policy of the knock-out blow, though by
whom, when, and at what cost that is to be delivered, no one could say.
telegraph.co.uk/news/ww1-archive
Bridge news
At the Schapiro Spring Foursomes
played at the Hilton, Warwick, the
two consolation events finish
before the main event, writes
Julian Pottage, Bridge
Correspondent.
The Punchbowl is for teams
eliminated no later than Sunday
lunchtime while the Hamilton Cup
(Swiss Teams) is for teams
eliminated on Sunday evening and
teams eliminated from the
Punchbowl.
Punchbowl results are as
follows:
Winners: David Bakhshi, Thomas
Charlesen, Thor Erik Hoftaniska,
Artur Malinowski, Dror Padon
and Janet de Botton.
Runners up: Brian Callaghan,
Heather Dhondy, Gillian Fawcett
and Joe Fawcett.
Losing semi-finalists: Rees
(Stephen Peterkin, Samantha
Punch, Tim Rees and Derek
Sanders) and Bowdery (Richard
Bowdery, Richard Hillman, Are
Nesdal and Gjermund Rekstad).
Hamilton Cup winners are as
follows:
1st David Jones, Julian Pottage,
Simon Richards, Peter Shelley and
Trevor Ward, 99 VPs; 2nd Daniel
Baines, Ufuk Cotuk, Robert Miller
and Mark Tilley, 82 VPs; 3rd
Michael Alishaw, Jonathan Clark,
Stephen Kennedy and Oliver
Powell, 78 VPs; 4th Diego Brenner,
David Debbage, Paul Hackett and
John Sansom, 77 VPs.
GREEN.—On 30th April 2018, at
Matilda International Hospital, Hong
Kong, to Carmel (née Nye) and James,
a son, Seth Cameron, a brother for Rafe.
Online ref: A224069
REBBECK.—On 28th March 2018,
to Diana and Tom, a daughter, Emily
Jane Hope.
Online ref: 553394
SURMAN.—On 26th April 2018, to
Catherine (née Boyd) and William, a son,
Wilfred George, brother to Harry.
Online ref: 553388
WELLS.—On 1st May 2018, to Emma
(née Tritton) and Frederick, a son, Harry
William Barclay, a brother for Annabel.
Online ref: A224091
ALSOP.—Derek, died on 29th April
2018, peacefully in his sleep at home,
aged 97, active to the last. Beloved
husband of Helen, much loved and
admired father and grandfather.
Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s,
Bathwick, Bath on 1st June 2018 at
2.30 p.m. All welcome; if attending,
please email malsop@gmail.com
No flowers, but any donations would be
welcomed by Dorothy House, c/o
Clarksons Funeral Directors,
01225 426822.
Online ref: A224079
BARNFIELD.—Michael Andrew, of
London, Boston and Bermuda, passed
away reluctantly but peacefully, aged
67, on Sunday April 29th 2018 at The
Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea
surrounded by his loving family. Born in
Gloucestershire, he was the much
adored husband of Darlene McCarthy
Barnfield and beloved father of Freddie
and Charlie. He will be remembered at a
Service on May 16th at St Mary The
Boltons in Kensington at 12.30 p.m.
Always the gentleman, he would ask
only that you arrive stylishly and pleased
to have made his acquaintance.
Donations in Michael’s memory can be
made to The Royal Marsden. Enquiries
to Chelsea Funeral Directors.
Tel: 0207 352 0008.
Online ref: 553422
BEAZLEY.—William (Bill),
Edinburgh/Co. Cork, passed away
peacefully, aged 90 years, at the
Western General Hospital on
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 after a short
illness. Bill, beloved husband of Pat,
dearly loved Dad of Niall and John,
adored father in law of Caroline and
Chloe, loving Grandad to Christy,
Lauren and Tara, and also a cherished
brother to the late Tom, Don and Ken.
Funeral Service to be held in St Mary's
Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh,
on Friday 18th May at 10 a.m. and
thereafter to Corstorphine Hill
Cemetery at 11.15 a.m. to which family
and friends are invited. Family flowers
only, donations, if desired, to
Alzheimer's Research UK.
Online ref: 553400
BRETTELL.—James Harvey, 1917 to
30th April 2018. Old Stortfordian,
Japanese POW, Barclays City of London.
Retired to Poole with beloved Margaret
where he swam, gardened and
encouraged granddaughters. Much
loved by Mary, Emma, Helen, Sam and
Orla. Commemoration at 2 p.m., on 14th
May, Harbour View BH16 6AN
www.tapperfuneralservices.co.uk
Online ref: 553385
BROWN.—Tom. Mr Brian Phillip
Thomas Brown died peacefully aged 95
on April 22nd, 2018. Dearly loved
husband of Grace Brown. Funeral at
St. Mary's, Maulden on Monday 14th May
at 11 a.m.
Online ref: A224088
CAMPBELL.—Eileen, aged 93.
Peacefully on May 2nd 2018, at
Hazelmere House Nursing Home,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, having endured
the trials of old age with her usual good
humour and selflessness. Darling wife
of the late Ken and beloved mother of
Liz and Anne, mother-in-law to Phil and
Ted and adored grandmother and
great-grandmother. All enquiries to
Albert Slack Ltd, 84 South Oak Lane,
SK9 6AT. www.albertrslack.co.uk
Online ref: 553412
CASHIN.—(née Sturt) Camilla Violet.
Died peacefully on Tuesday 1st May
2018, aged 93 years. Much loved
mother of Charles and Mary and sister
to George, Humphrey and Richard.
She will be sadly missed. Her Funeral
Service will be held in The Barn at
Harbour View, Randalls Hill, Lytchett
Minster, Poole, BH16 6AN on Saturday
26th May at 11 a.m. All enquiries to
Tapper Funeral Service. Tel: 01202
694449.
Online ref: 553368
COPSEY.—Dora Jean passed peacefully
away 21st April 2018. Wife of the late
Robert Copsey, mother to Jennifer,
Edward and the late Robin,
grandmother to Rosalind, Katherine,
Nicholas and Joanna, great grandmother
to Hamish, Polly, Jemima, Alex, Eva,
Ben, Oscar and Bea, great great
grandmother to Florence. Funeral
Service to take place on Friday 18th May,
Portchester Crematorium at 1.45 p.m.
Family flowers only please, donations
if desired to the RNIB or RNLI c/o
Grady’s Family Funeral Directors,
23 Mengham Road, Hayling Island,
Hampshire, PO11 9BG.
Online ref: 553410
FERRIER.—Hugh William Alexander,
aged 77, died peacefully at home on 3rd
May surrounded by his family. There
will be a private funeral service. A
Celebration of his life will be held on
15th June, 1.30 p.m. at St Michael and All
Angels Church, Barton Turf. Please join
the family afterwards at the Norfolk
Broads Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers,
donations welcome made payable to ‘Big
C’ c/o Murrell Cork Funerals, 34 High St,
Stalham, NR12 9AN. ‘We cannot direct
the wind, but we can adjust the sails’.
Online ref: A224087
GODDARD.—Anthony Michael (Tony),
peacefully on 1st May 2018, aged 82
years. Much loved husband, Dad and
Grandpa, he will be greatly missed by his
family and everyone who knew him.
Funeral Service at SS Peter and Paul
Church, Wantage, on Friday 18th May at
3 p.m. Enquiries to Edward Carter (FD).
Tel: 01235 770996.
Online ref: A224084
GOODWIN.—Sheila, died suddenly 1st
May 2018 aged 79. Long term employee
of J Arthur Guinness, Park Royal.
Requiem Mass at 11.30 a.m. at St Joseph’s
Church, Weymouth, DT4 0AB on
Wednesday 16th May. Enquiries to
Cotton & Son Funeral Directors,
Weymouth, DT4 0AZ.
Tel: 01305 767676.
Online ref: 553404
GREADY.—Richard James (Jim). On 4th
May 2018, aged 69. Loving husband of
Matthew Loughney, and father of
Matthew (dec’d) and sons Stuart Gready
and Simon Gready. A secular meeting of
relatives and friends will take place at
Haycombe Crematorium, 209 Whiteway
Road, Bath BA2 2RQ, on Saturday 19th
May at 10 a.m. No mourning, no black
clothing, come as colourful as you can.
No flowers by request but donations to
Children’s Hospice South West may be
sent to C V Gower Funeral Directors,
The Square, Winscombe BS25 1BS.
Tel: 01934 842945.
Online ref: 553371
KERR.—Lord John, died peacefully in
Oxford, strengthened by the rites of
our Holy Mother the Church. Requiem
Mass at the Church of St Hugh of
Lincoln, Hensington Rd, Woodstock,
Oxfordshire, OX20 1JH on Monday 14th
May at 2 p.m. Enquiries to Jerrams
Brothers, Funeral Directors, 33 High
Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TE (01993)
811491.
Online ref: A224067
LYWOOD.—Ann, passed away
peacefully on 30th April 2018 aged 91 in
Bury St Edmunds, late of Mapledurwell,
Basingstoke. Beloved sister of Margaret
(deceased), Donald and Jean. Memorial
Service at St Peter's Church, Hospital
Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33
3JT on Friday 18th May 2018, 12.30 p.m.
Sprays of binded flowers can be sent to
the Church. Donations to Christian Aid
c/o Armstrongs Funeral Service, 43 St
Andrews Street North, Bury St
Edmunds, IP33 1TH. Tel: 01284 723889.
Online ref: A224094
MASEFIELD .—William Herbert MBE
(Bill) died peacefully at home on 1st May
2018, aged 92, retired solicitor. Much
loved and respected father of Charles
and Amanda, grandfather of George,
Clementine, Kinvara and Beatrice and
great-grandfather of Alfred. Funeral
Service at St Michael and All Angels
Church, Ledbury on Wednesday 16th
May at 2 p.m. Donations, if desired, to
The Alzheimer's Society and Ledbury
Church (c/o Ledbury Funeral Services.
Tel: 01531 633388).
Online ref: A224109
MOYLE.—'Nicky', died peacefully at
home on 27th April aged 95. Beloved
wife of Terence (deceased), married for
59 years. Much loved mother of Robert
and Diana, grandmother of Laetitia, Ben,
Kate and Lizzy, and great-grandmother
of Doogie. Private family cremation on
14th May followed by a Thanksgiving
Service at 2.30 p.m. at St Mary's, Melton
Mowbray.
Online ref: 553398
MUIR.—William Connor, died
peacefully on 19th April 2018, aged 76.
Online ref: A224093
PORTER.—Mary died 28th April at
Pilgrims Hospice, Margate. Beloved
daughter of the late Barbara and Nono.
Will be deeply missed. Funeral St John's,
Mongeham, 11.30 a.m. 23rd May. Details:
J Dilnot Smith. Tel: 01304 380914.
Online ref: 553416
STOKES.—Colin, on 3rd May 2018,
peacefully at the Alexandra Unit,
Dumfries Infirmary, in the presence of
his close friend Robert. Colin Stokes of
Moffat, loved and respected by his many,
many friends. Service at St Andrew's
Church, Moffat (DG10 9EJ) on
Wednesday 16th May at 2 p.m. to which
all friends are respectfully invited to
attend. No flowers please. Donations, if
desired, to Bloodwise Scotland will be
received at the service in memory of
Colin. Cremation thereafter private.
Online ref: 553417
SUBRAMANYAM.—Peter ‘Goofy’
Subramanyam passed away peacefully
on Friday 4th May. Much loved father of
Sabrina, grandfather of Sita, Rajan and
Lakshman and friend to many. Will be
sorely missed by all.
Online ref: A224090
THOMSON JONES.—Solna Marianne
Anita, peacefully on Friday 4th May
2018, aged 90, after a short illness, with
her family around her. Family flowers
only. All enquiries to Southgate of
Newmarket. Tel: 01638 662480.
Online ref: 553430
TIPPLE.—Valerie Cynthia (née Collins),
died peacefully at the Royal Surrey
County Hospital on 26th April 2018, aged
88 years. Adored Mummy of Alex and
Kate, much loved mother in law to
Jonathan and Julian, and Grandma to
William and Eleanor, Frederick,
Augustus and Hebe. Service of
Thanksgiving at Knowle Parish Church,
on Wednesday 16th May at 4.30 p.m. No
flowers please but donations, if desired,
to Mission Aviation Fellowship,
www.maf-uk.org. Philippians 1:21.
Online ref: A224083
WILLIAMSON.—Marshal of the RAF Sir
Keith GCB, AFC died peacefully on 2nd
May, aged 90. Much loved husband,
father and grandfather. Private family
service. Donations, if desired, to the RAF
Benevolent Fund (www.raf.org).
Online ref: A224089
WILSON.—Mark Wilson, died
peacefully in Brighton on 27th April
2018, aged 90 years. Much loved
husband to Joan, cherished father to
Jacqueline and Lisa, adored grandfather
and great grandfather to Christopher,
Charlotte, William, Camille, Jordan,
Joshua and Tobias. The Funeral Service
will be held at Woking Crematorium,
Hermitage Road, Woking, GU21 8TJ, on
Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 1.15 p.m.
followed by a reception at Sunningdale
Golf Club, Ridgemount Road,
Sunningdale, SL5 9RR, all are welcome
to attend. The family have asked for
their flowers only for this service, but if
you would like to make a donation in
memory of Mark, either to The Golf
Foundation or the RNLI, this can be
done online via
www.lodgebrothers.co.uk or through
the Sunningdale Branch of Lodge
Brothers at 7 Broomhall Buildings,
Chobham Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire,
SL5 0DU.
Online ref: 553354
In memoriam
TEARE.—Kenneth Morrison, Lt Cdr RN
(rtd), died on 4th May 2018, aged 96. He
will be sadly missed by his wife and
family. Private family cremation.
Online ref: 553397
SPOLIAR.—Cynthia, née Wise, 16 years
ago. Much missed today as every day.
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Thinking of you - Stasha, Nicholas,
Justin and our whole family.
Online ref: 553438
NOW UNTO him that is able to keep you
from falling, and to present you faultless
before the presence of his glory with
exceeding joy, to the only wise God our
Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion
and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Jude 24-25
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY GINNY!
Have a fantastic day. All our love, Mum,
Dad, Tom and Robert. xx
Online ref: 553448
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 9 May 2018
27
Obituaries
Ermanno Olmi
Flt Lt Humphrey Phillips
Flight engineer who took part
Director whose films, exploring the lives of peasants and workers, were underpinned by his Catholic faith in hazardous sorties over Berlin
MONDADORI/GETTY
E
RMANNO OLMI, who has
died aged 86, almost
single-handedly revived
the realist tradition of
Italian cinema in the
Sixties.
Of humble stock, he was associated
closely with the peasants and the
proletariat of his native Lombardy and
made several films about the lives of
ordinary men and women, though his
later work was more allegorical. He
was the film-maker par excellence of
the workplace. While he depicted the
monotony of dead-end jobs, he
regarded work as man’s “chance to
express himself, the average person’s
opportunity to be creative”.
Such remarks did not endear him to
Leftists, who considered his characters
too passive and his films flawed by
political complacency and resignation.
They judged this a by-product of his
Catholicism. Unlike many of his
contemporaries, Olmi retained his
faith, which underpinned his films.
Many, not least I fidanzati (The
Engagement, 1963), consciously
echoed the attitudes of the 19thcentury Catholic novelist Alessandro
Manzoni, also from Lombardy, who
wrote I promessi sposi.
Olmi was a self-effacing stylist. He
shot and edited most of his films
himself, eschewing flashy
photographic effects and
concentrating on the beauty and
simplicity of everyday life. His mentor
was Vittorio De Sica, one of the
founders of the so-called neo-realist
movement, whose films Bicycle Thieves
and Umberto D created the mould
which Olmi sought to fill.
Olmi’s Catholicism, though always
implicit in his work, surfaced in his
fourth film, made in 1965. Known
internationally as A Man Named John,
it was Olmi’s personal tribute to Pope
John XXIII, who hailed, like himself,
from Lombardy. Neither a
documentary nor a drama, it had
elements of both, with Rod Steiger
miscast as the Pope and, in an
Everyman role, as commentator. A
commercial and critical failure, it
embarrassed even Olmi’s staunchest
supporters. Years later, he conceded
that he had been too close to the
subject.
It cut short his rapidly growing
reputation. Though he remained
active, all his work between 1965 and
1978 was for Italian television. The
films were seen at international
festivals, but few were taken up for
cinema release. Outside Italy, he
became a forgotten man until he
bounced back in 1978 with his
masterpiece The Tree of Wooden Clogs,
a three-hour survey of peasant life at
the turn of the century, which won
Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Olmi suffered a severe stroke in 1983
and was in poor health for the rest of
his life, though he managed to
complete many more films. Most of
them were more ambitious than his
previous works (he tackled the
Creation and the Flood, for example, in
his 1994 work Genesis). But
commentators regretted the absence
of the common-or-garden touch that
had informed his earlier films.
Born in Bergamo on July 24 1931,
Ermanno Olmi was the son of peasants
who had come to the city in search of
employment. His mother had worked
in a textile mill from the age of 13,
while his father, a railway engineer,
was fined for opposing fascism and
died during the Second World War.
The young Ermanno studied at the
Olmi in 1963 soon
after filming I
fidanzati. Below: a
scene from his
masterpiece The
Tree of Wooden
Clogs
Academy of Dramatic Art in Milan and
gained early experience as an actor
and director in amateur productions at
the Palazzo Litta.
He dropped out of formal studies at
the age of 18 and joined his mother as a
clerk at the Edison-Volta electric plant
in 1949. Continuing to act in amateur
theatricals and to dabble in film-making
as a hobby, he impressed his employers
sufficiently to be put in charge of their
new film department. Between 1952
and 1959 he made 40 documentary
shorts on 16 mm film about aspects of
the company’s activities.
One of these, shot in 1959, expanded
during production to become Olmi’s
first feature film, Time Stood Still, in
which he used non-professional
actors, one of whom worked for
Edison. It was about the building of a
hydroelectric dam in the Italian Alps,
focusing on two men, a watchman and
his student helper, who spend the
winter in the mountains guarding the
unfinished dam. Though the
difference in their ages at first causes
friction, eventually they become firm
friends. Out of a film originally
intended as a public relations project,
Olmi made a much nobler tribute to
human solidarity.
Encouraged by the success of this
film, Olmi left Edison-Volta and, with
fellow cineastes, set up a film-making
cooperative called the 24 Horses. It
produced his second film, Il posto
(1961), for under $15,000. Semiautobiographical, it was the simple
story of a young boy applying for his
first job – with a conglomerate. It
concentrated on everyday life and, like
the best work of De Sica, achieved a
kind of poetry through truth.
The office block in which the film
was shot was the Edison building
where Olmi himself had worked; the
young lad in the leading role had been
employed in a similar capacity, while
the secretary with whom he falls in
love was played by Loredana Detto,
later to become Olmi’s wife.
His third film, I fidanzati (1963), was
made by another cooperative, the
December 22 Group. It was a
considerable advance on Il posto. After
the first sequence, the leading
characters are separated. Long
engaged, they are too poor to marry
and their relationship has staled. To
raise money, the boy takes a job in
Sicily, while she remains in Milan. But
instead of their engagement
foundering, it is cemented. Much of
the film is told in voice-over, while the
camera cuts from then to now, from
here to there, avoiding such cinematic
clichés as fades and dissolves.
It took Olmi more than a decade to
recover from the disaster of A Man
Named John (1965). He carried on
working, but Italian Leftists rejected
his 1968 effort, One Fine Day, because
it was about a white-collar worker
rather than a representative of the
proletariat. So he was driven back to
television, for which he made The
Scavengers (1970), about rag-and-bone
men, During the Summer (1971), a
whimsical piece about an eccentric
who “ennobles” those he thinks
deserve it, and The Circumstance
(1973), a study of the impact of
redundancy on middle-aged
executives. They were all excellent
works, but little seen abroad.
Then, after five years, Olmi
re-established himself with The Tree of
Wooden Clogs (1978). A panorama of
peasant life in and around his
birthplace, Bergamo, at the turn of the
century, it was described by the critic
David Thomson as “a mix of Breughel
and neo-realism”. Based partly on his
grandmother’s recollections, the film
told of a young boy who had to walk
six kilometres to school and whose
father cut down one of the landlord’s
poplar trees to make new shoes for his
son – a “crime” for which the family
was driven out of their home.
It was five years, however, before
Olmi made another film. Cammina,
cammina (1983) was a modern version
of the story of the Three Wise Men,
which some found more worthy than
inspired. Then, after a documentary in
the same year about Milan, he made
Long Live the Lady! in 1987 – a brilliant
account of young waiters attending a
rich old crone and her guests at a
dinner that the servants could never
afford. One of Olmi’s wittiest films, it
marked a return to form.
In 1988 he won the main prize at the
Venice Film Festival for Legend of the
Holy Drinker, an international
co-production based on Joseph Roth’s
novel about a drunken tramp who
comes, by chance, into a small
fortune. After another four years,
Olmi made a poetic documentary
about the river Po, Lungo il fiume,
followed by The Secret of the Old Wood
(1993), another whimsical piece in
which a sentient wood defeats plans
for its commercial exploitation, and
Genesis, with narration by Paul
Scofield, in 1994.
He continued working until shortly
before his death, winning variable
reviews. Il Mestiere delle armi (“The
Profession of Arms”, 2001) set during
the 16th-century wars between the
mercenary forces of the emperor
Charles V and the armies of the
Papacy, was nominated for the Palme
d’Or, but left many critics baffled, one
describing it as the “festival bore”.
Singing Behind Screens (2003) was a
visually seductive fable about war and
peace set among the pirates of late
18th-century China.
Centochiodi (“One Hundred Nails”,
2007), began promisingly as a Name of
the Rose-style thriller about the wilful
destruction of sacred manuscripts, but
turned into a somewhat sentimental
story of a rural community
transformed by the arrival of a
reclusive religious scholar. Villaggio di
cartone (“The Cardboard Village”,
2011), set inside a church which is
being deconsecrated, was dismissed
by one critic as “a heavy-handed
religious tale with all the nuance of a
provincial church pageant”.
For Olmi’s Catholicism was always
best expressed obliquely – in Il posto, I
fidanzati and The Tree of Wooden Clogs.
When he tackled it head-on, he did not
always avoid pious banality.
His final major film, Torneranno i
Prati (“The Meadows will Bloom
Again”, 2014), a contribution to the
commemoration of the First World
War filmed, mostly at night, in remote
corners of the wintry Alto Adige
mountains, prompted one reviewer to
observe that Olmi “may have never
been a great storyteller, but very few
filmmakers can hold a candle to his
talent as a mood setter”.
Ermanno Olmi is survived by his
wife Loredana and by their two sons
and a daughter.
Ermanno Olmi, born July 24 1931,
died May 5 2018
Rosemary Bamforth
R
OSEMARY BAMFORTH, who
has died aged 93, worked on
the bombe code breaking
machines at Bletchley Park
during the Second World War and
later led a varied and adventurous life
as a distinguished hospital pathologist,
a silversmith and a keen windsurfer
– in which capacity she took part in the
Round-the-Island race at Hayling
Island after taking up the sport in her
sixties.
She was born Rosemary Margaret
Warren Ince on October 19 1924 in
Glasgow, to Douglas, a director of a
Glasgow firm that supplied explosives
for civil engineering, and his wife
Isobel.
The pair had met during the First
World War when he, a major in the
Durham Light Infantry, was badly
injured on the Somme and she was the
“chaufferette” (war ambulance driver)
who transported him from the railway
station to hospital in Etretat. Douglas
and two of his three brothers each won
the MC in the conflict.
After education at Cheltenham
Ladies’ College, where she excelled at
lacrosse and cricket, Rosemary Ince
put off going to university to
contribute to the war effort, joining
the WRNS in 1941.
After initial training at Balloch,
Loch Lomond, she was posted to
Outstation Eastcote, Hillingdon, an
outstation of Bletchley Park, to learn
teleprinting, then to the Bletchley
outstation at Stanmore, before joining
the staff of Hut 11 at the park itself.
Hut 11 housed the Turing-Welchman
Bombe machines – electro-mechanical
devices designed to discover some of
the daily settings of the Enigma
machines on the various German
military networks. The hut was known
to the women who worked the
machines as the “Hell-Hole” due to the
hot, noisy conditions.
Until the story of Bletchley was
declassified in the 1970s, like others
who worked there Rosemary
maintained strict secrecy about her
wartime role and later recalled that
even during the conflict the security
rules were so tight that when her
airman brother David was posted to a
nearby airfield, neither of them
realised they were so close until a
Wren colleague came in one night
talking excitedly about her new
airman boyfriend – who turned out to
be Rosemary’s brother. (David would
win a DFC in the conflict as a pilot with
RAF Hawker Typhoon ground-attack
squadrons harrying Nazi factories,
trains, traffic and retreating armies
across north-west Europe.)
Rosemary recalled the Wrens being
warned that if kidnapped by a German
agent, they might be threatened with
an ice-cold shower, so they were
advised to get accustomed to cold
baths. As a result she adopted a
lifelong habit of swimming in very low
temperatures at any opportunity, often
breaking the ice on a pool in winter.
Her time at Bletchley made such an
impression on her that on a visit to
Bletchley in 2011 Rosemary was
hauled out of the crowd of visitors by a
museum guide who could not
remember how to work the bombe
machine. Despite the passage of nearly
70 years she operated it again
faultlessly.
After Bletchley, Rosemary Ince
studied Medicine at the University of
Glasgow, and in the mid-1950s she
became engaged to a fellow doctor, the
Arctic explorer Rainer Goldsmith.
During their engagement, Goldsmith
VICKY BAMFORTH
Veteran of Hut 11 at Bletchley Park who in a busy life became a pathologist and later a silversmith
Rosemary Ince, as
she was, on her
graduation from the
University of
Glasgow
left on a trip to the Arctic and
Rosemary went to work at
Meadowbrook Hospital in Long Island,
New York, where she cut a dash
driving around New York City in a
white Studebaker convertible.
They had agreed to meet again in
Alaska, but a skiing accident on
holiday in Canada and a compound
fracture to her leg required a long
hospitalisation, causing her to miss
their rendezvous. Returning to
England, she discovered that
Goldsmith had joined the TransAntarctic Expedition of 1957 as the
medical officer.
Her decision to become a
pathologist was inspired by a
childhood experience of seeing a
rabbit being gutted after being shot by
an uncle, and over the years she held
many pathology posts in hospitals on
both sides of the Atlantic.
After her marriage, in 1960, to John
Bamforth, whom she had met in the
doctors’ mess in Southampton General
Hospital on New Year’s Eve 1959, she
decided not to pursue a consultant
post so that she could both work and
bring up her family.
Her husband would become a
respected consultant physician in
gastroenterology at Southampton.
During the 1960s, when she, too, was
working at the hospital as a senior
registrar, Rosemary Bamforth noticed
that a number of ship workers were
dying of mesothelioma and, at a time
when the causes of the disease were
not fully understood, she delivered a
paper to Southampton doctors
suggesting that it might be linked to
asbestos exposure on ships.
As well as taking up windsurfing,
Rosemary Bamforth trained as a
silversmith in her seventies, becoming
proficient enough to register her own
hallmark. She was also an
accomplished cook and gardener.
Her husband John died in March
this year. She is survived by their son
and two daughters.
Rosemary Bamforth, born October
19 1924, died April 17 2018
F
LIGHT LIEUTENANT
HUMPHREY
PHILLIPS, who has
died aged 97, flew as a flight
engineer on Lancasters at
the height of Bomber
Command’s main offensive
against Berlin.
In November 1943 he
joined No 626 Squadron just
as the main bombing effort
was directed against the
German capital. The
Luftwaffe night-fighter
force was at its most
formidable and losses
among the bomber crews
were higher than at any
other period of the war.
Within the first five days
of joining the squadron
Phillips and his crew made
three hazardous sorties to
the city. Over the next few
weeks he went on to
complete nine operations to
Berlin in addition to
attacking other major
industrial centres.
On the night of April 26
1944 he was flying with the
deputy squadron
commander when they
were tasked to bomb an
armaments factory in Essen.
Just as the attack from
18,000 ft was completed,
bombs from an aircraft
flying just above them hit
their Lancaster. Phillips
grabbed an oxygen bottle,
moved down the fuselage to
investigate and discovered
extensive damage near the
gun turret and bomb bay.
He found the mid-upper
gunner unconscious, having
lost his oxygen mask, and
with a bad head wound.
He reported to the pilot
who immediately descended
to a safe altitude. With
another crew member,
Phillips administered
oxygen to the wounded
gunner and managed to get
him to the rest bunk.
At the end of the journey
back to Lincolnshire, the
pilot landed the badly
damaged bomber and the
gunner was taken to
hospital where he
recovered. A few weeks
later, Phillips and his New
Zealand pilot, Squadron
Leader Johnny Neilson,
were awarded the DFC.
Humphrey Bernard
Phillips was born in North
London on August 20 1920
and left school aged 15 to
become an apprentice
motor mechanic. He joined
the RAF in June 1940 and
became a fitter/mechanic,
serving on bomber
squadrons in Lincolnshire.
With the introduction of
the four-engine bomber, a
new aircrew category of
flight engineer was created
to be responsible for the
management of the engines
and fuel system. The initial
He became an author at 97
candidates were drawn from
serving RAF mechanics and
in April 1942 Phillips was
one of the first to volunteer.
After a brief course he
joined No 102 Squadron
Conversion Flight as an
instructor. On the night of
May 30-31 1942 Bomber
Command launched the first
of the “Thousand Bomber”
raids. To make up the
numbers, the bombers in
training units had to be used
and Phillips flew in a Halifax
with a scratch crew on the
raid to Cologne, his first
operation. A few nights later
he flew on the second raid,
this time to Essen.
During his time as the
engineer leader on the
conversion unit, Phillips
supervised the training of
flight engineers and
invented a number of
training aids. At the end of
his tour he was
commissioned and
mentioned in despatches.
He left No 626 Squadron
in the summer of 1944
having completed 27
operations, becoming an
instructor and engineer
leader at a bomber training
unit where he was again
mentioned in despatches.
Phillips was demobilised
in April 1946 with the rank
of flight lieutenant. For
many years he enjoyed a
successful career as
transport manager for the
600 Group, a manufacturer
and distributor of machine
tools. He became involved
in the Freight Transport
Association, serving on
various committees and
liaising with the Ministry of
Transport.
He was an enthusiastic
tennis player and in 2017,
when his autobiography, A
Thousand and One, was
published, he became, aged
97, one of Britain’s oldest
published authors.
In 1949 Humphrey
Phillips married Iris
Webber. She died in 2011.
Their three daughters
survive him.
Flight Lieutenant
Humphrey Phillips, born
August 20 1920, died
April 26 2018
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Wednesday 9 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
The week in radio Jemima Lewis
What to watch
This winning exploration
of democracy gets my vote
‘H
Chirpy but grim listening: Amol Rajan explored democracy’s demise in ‘Start the Week’
ello! Is this the end of
the world as we know
it?” That was Amol
Rajan’s chirpy
introduction to Start
the Week (Radio 4)
on Monday. The subject under
discussion was The Death of
Democracy, and – despite Rajan’s jovial
chairmanship – it made grim listening.
Western democracy probably has
another 50 years left, said Cambridge
professor David Runciman. Fifty years!
That means there may be some sort of
violent revolution in my children’s
lifetime. What can be done to prevent
this cataclysm?
Not much, suggested Runciman.
Liberal democracy, with its central
value of freedom of expression, is
being gradually “hollowed out” by a
combination of forces – among them
populism, demographic change and
the disinformation spread by social
media. History is no help, he said:
indeed, fixating on historic parallels,
such as the rise of fascism in the
Thirties, stops us looking clearly at our
unique circumstances. “When
democracy ends, which it will at some
point, it will be in ways that are new
and unfamiliar.”
In much of the world, of course,
true democracy has yet to be born.
Professor Nic Cheeseman, who has
written a book on ballot-rigging,
provided some eye-popping examples.
In areas of the Ukraine where voters
were expected to back the opposition,
they were given pens filled with
disappearing ink: the crosses they put
on their ballot papers had vanished by
the time the vote was counted.
Rajan let out a peal of guilty
laughter. “It is quite funny at times,”
he said of Cheeseman’s book, but its
author did not concur. Instead, he
pointed out sombrely that some of the
cleverest methods of vote-rigging,
such as gerrymandering, were
invented in the Anglosphere; and that
in the past three years, all of Britain’s
major political parties have been fined
for breaching campaign expenditure
rules. The rot has already set in.
One thing that might yet save us (or
so I console myself) is the fact that our
national broadcaster does a good job of
inspecting Britain’s political entrails.
Just four days after Amber Rudd
resigned over the Windrush scandal,
The Briefing Room’s David Aaronovitch
asked the question: Is the Home
Office a Problem Department?
(Radio 4, Thursday).
The answer – YES – was supplied
straight away by the political
broadcaster Michael Cockerell. The
corridors of the Home Office, he said,
“are paved with dynamite”. It has an
absurdly wide remit, ranging from the
police to nudist beaches. Behind the
scenes, it has always been run by
permanent secretaries who last much
longer in the department than any
minister (hence the job title), and who
tend towards an obstructive contempt
for their elected masters.
On top of all that, noted the political
scientist Erica Conserdine, the Home
Office is responsible for all the
“wicked issues” – meaning
immigration, drugs and crime – about
which the public demands that
something must be done. The result is
a culture that is always on the
defensive. Procedures – particularly
for immigration and asylum cases – are
laid out in minute bureaucratic detail,
in order to prevent human error; but
this only succeeds in eliminating
human discretion.
All the experts marshalled by
Aaronovitch described a fiendishly
complex department. Yet in 28
minutes, this programme provided an
illuminating guided tour. It left me
with a better grasp of how government
works (or doesn’t work), and
considerable sympathy for those who
tread its perilous corridors.
N
ick Clegg’s new podcast, Anger
Management, has a similar
effect on me. Not because it is
especially well done; rather the
reverse, in fact. One gets the feeling
that Clegg’s producer has gone Awol,
leaving the former Lib Dem leader to
bluff his way unaided through this
new medium.
Every fortnight, he invites a
different guest into the studio to
discuss why we live in such angry
times, and how to restore rational
debate. Clegg stutters, chases his
thoughts around in circles and
interrupts himself constantly. His
guests thus far – Nigel Farage and
George Osborne – were almost
certainly plucked in desperation from
his own address book. At the end of
each episode he makes a plea for the
guest he really wants – Paul Dacre,
editor of the Daily Mail – to get in touch.
So far (and no doubt forever), no dice.
It could be excruciating, but I adore
it. It’s so rare to hear anyone, in
politics or the media, making more of
an effort to be reasonable than to be
right. Clegg’s scrupulous fairness
allows his guests to unfurl a little,
revealing their softer parts. Instead of
mere politicians (that doomed species),
there are humans on display.
child, and Urwah and
Nadhia, who are about
to meet their fifth.
Meanwhile, Laura and
Paul, friends turned
lovers, have nine kids
between them and another
on the way. SH
Britain’s Fat Fight
with Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall
BBC ONE, 9.00PM; SCOTLAND, 10.45PM

He tried to get
Newcastle exercising
together and
demonstrated just how
much sugar there is in a
smoothie in Bristol. Now,
in this final episode, Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall
faces his toughest test of
all – speaking about
obesity at the Tory Party
Conference and trying to
get an audience with
Health Minister Jeremy
Hunt. But can he convince
the ministers – and the
hard-to-pin-down Hunt
– that they need to do
more to combat both
national awareness of
what we eat and the
country’s fitness levels?
First, he checks in with
some of those who have
signed up for the
Newcastle Can scheme;
heads out for a surfing
lesson with Janet, a
willing but struggling
participant; trials a
weight-loss experiment at
the GP’s surgery and looks
at the way in which
marketing affects our
understanding of food.
Whether or not he
manages to replicate the
impact that Jamie Oliver
had on the government
with his school dinners
Harry & Meghan:
A Love Story
SKY ONE, 9.00PM
 With their nuptials fast
approaching, Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle and
their relationship are put
under the microscope by
Bafta-winning documentary
maker Toby Sculthorp. With
contributions from their
close friends and former
head of the British Army,
Richard Dannatt, Prince
Sculthorp explores how –
and if – the couple reflect
the changing face of Britain
and the monarchy. SH
Tortured By Mum and Dad
– The Turpin 13
CHANNEL 5, 10.00PM
 When 13 children were
discovered shackled and
starved by their parents,
David and Louise Turpin
Healthy outlook: Fearnley-Whittingstall with volunteer Janet
campaign remains to be
seen, but this impassioned
series will surely have
convinced the UK’s couch
Arts
potatoes that it’s time to
embrace the sunnier
weather and start walking.
Sarah Hughes
Documentary
Danceworks:
Choreographing History
The Secret Life of the Zoo
BBC FOUR, 7.30PM
 The fallout from
orangutan Emma’s
pregnancy continues
this week as the new
mother pushes away the
older child to raise the
baby, leaving the zoo staff
increasingly worried as to
how the abandoned youth
will cope. SH
 “With contemporary
dance we don’t inherit readymade stories, so we have to
make up our own,” says
choreographer Shobana
Jeyasingh in this fascinating
film. This documentary
follows her as she translates
her research into Contagion,
a haunting, beautiful piece
of work based on the 1918
Spanish flu pandemic. SH
Mystery of the Lost
Paintings
SKY ARTS, 8.00PM
 This episode examines
CHANNEL 4, 8.00PM
Danceworks: Shobana Jeyasingh
the 1958 fire at New
York’s Museum of Modern
Art, which destroyed
two of Monet’s famous
Water Lilies paintings.
Then art experts at Factum
Arte attempt to digitally
reconstruct one of the
damaged works. SH
One Born Every Minute
CHANNEL 4, 9.00PM
 It’s an emotional finale at
the Birmingham Women’s
Hospital as we meet Lauren
and Rachel, who are
preparing for a second
Harry & Meghan: A Love Story
earlier this year, it made
global headlines. This
documentary asks how did
the pair managed to hide
their secret for so long? SH
Factual
Love in the Countryside
BBC TWO, 9.00PM
 Everything moves up a
gear as lovelorn dairy
farmers Pete and Ed invite
their three prospective
partners over for a
weekend. Cue issues as
fiftysomethings Helen and
Caroline struggle in the face
of thirtysomething Frannie’s
more obvious assets. SH
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
The Documentary
WORLD SERVICE, 11.30AM
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 Tonight’s concert comes
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the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra are
conducted by Kirill Karabits.
Tchaikovsky’s Piano
Concerto no 1 in B flat
minor, one of the most
11.30 Today in Parliament
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The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones features pieces
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Mozart and Telemann
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pianist Simon Trpceski, who
performs it here. The rest of
the programme focuses on
music by British composers
Elgar and Walton, which
Kirill Karabits pledged to
emphasise when he took the
reins at Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra.
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7.00 pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Danceworks:
Choreographing History
See What to watch
8.00 George III – The Genius of
the Mad King
9.00 Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents
10.00 Vive La Revolution! Joan
Bakewell on May ’68
11.00 Timeshift: Mods, Rockers
and Bank Holiday Mayhem
12.00 Tankies: Tank Heroes of
World War II
1.00 am Top of the Pops: 1983
1.30 Top of the Pops: 1983
2.05 Danceworks:
Choreographing History
2.35 - 3.35am Vive La Revolution!
Joan Bakewell on May ’68
10.20
12.30
1.35
2.40
3.15
3.45
4.20
4.50
5.20
5.55
7.00
8.00
10.00
11.20
12.40
2.15
2.30
11.45 am The Avengers
12.55 pm The Protectors
1.30 ITV Racing Live from
Chester. Coverage of day
one of the May Festival
4.00 The Saint
5.00 The Avengers
6.05 Cash Cowboys
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 British Superbike
Championship Highlights
9.00 The Motorbike Show
10.00 FILM: RoboCop 3 (1993)
12.10 am The Americans
1.10 Lethal Weapon
2.05 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
2.55 ITV4 Nightscreen
3.00 - 6.00am Teleshopping
ITV2
6.55 The Secret Life of the Zoo 7.55
Grand Designs 9.00 Building the Dream
10.05 24 Hours in A&E 11.05 8 Out of
10 Cats Does Countdown 12.10am
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.10
24 Hours in A&E 2.10 Building the
Dream 3.15-3.55am 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.20am The Bachelorette 12.15pm
Emmerdale 12.45 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 6.00 You’ve
Been Framed! Gold 8.00 Two and a Half
Men 8.30 Superstore 9.00 FILM:
Hercules (2014) The legendary hero
leads a band of mercenaries in a battle
to restore a deposed king to his throne.
Mythological adventure starring Dwayne
Johnson and Ian McShane 11.05 Family
Guy 12.30am American Dad! 1.25
Two and a Half Men 1.55 Superstore
2.20-5.50am 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 Goldbergs 8.30 The
Big Bang Theory 9.00 The 100 10.00
Timeless 11.00 The Big Bang Theory
11.55 First Dates 1.00am Tattoo
Fixers 2.05 The 100 2.45 Timeless
3.30-4.40am The Goldbergs
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
11.05 Naked Attraction 12.10am Friday
Night Dinner 12.35 High & Dry 1.05
Genderquake 2.00 FILM: The Quiet
Ones (2014) Horror starring Jared
Harris 3.40 Gok’s Fill Your House for
Free 4.35 Steph and Dom’s One Star
to Five Star 5.00 Jamie’s Comfort
Food 5.10 - 6.00am Fifteen to One
10.00 Tortured By Mum and Dad? – The
Turpin 13 The shocking story of
David and Louise Turpin, who kept
their 13 children imprisoned in their
own home See What to watch (S)
11.05 Criminals Caught on Camera
12.05am Diced to Death: Countdown
to Murder 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors 4.00
Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink 4.45
House Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS
5.35 - 6.00am Nick’s Quest
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 9.00
Taskmaster 10.00 Room 101 10.40 Live
at the Apollo 11.40 QI XL 12.40am
Mock the Week 2.00 QI XL 3.00-4.00am
The Last Man on Earth
Sky Sports Main Event
11.00am Live ATP Masters Tennis. The
Mutua Madrid Open 3.00pm Live Indian
Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders v
Mumbai Indians 7.30 Live Premier
League. Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
(kick-off 7.45pm) 10.30 Nissan Match
Choice 11.00 Premier League Highlights
1.00-6.00am Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Premier
League
Noon Premier League Review 1.00pm
Premier League Highlights 1.30 Premier
Midnight 3.35 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
Teleshopping
Wales
BBC One:
10.30pm BBC Wales Live
11.05 Joshua v Klitschko:
Return to Wembley 11.50pm
Ambulance 1.00 - 6.00am
BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six
ITV Channel:
1.00 - 3.00am ITV
Nightscreen
ITV Regions
No variations, except:
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
FV 10 FS 115 SKY 119 VIRGIN 117
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
The Street
The Street
am Agatha Christie’s Marple
ITV3 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
 Robert Redford turns Bill Bryson’s
elegant travelogue about his
middle-aged attempt on the
Appalachian Trail – a 2,000-mile
trek through the eastern United
States – into a sloppy sitcom. The
great American outdoors, however,
are shot in picturesque fashion. Nick
Nolte and Emma Thompson star as
Bryson’s travelling partners, who at
least reveal that the human condition
is no walk in the park.
Scream (1996)
 Wes Craven rebooted the teenagehorror genre with Scream. It’s gory,
but clever and funny, too, particularly
in its own self-awareness: the
characters talk constantly about
being in a slasher movie. And Craven
wrong-foots us with a terrific opening
sequence that gleefully breaks the
rules of film-making. Courteney
Cox and Neve Campbell star. You
can watch the sequel Scream 2 on
Friday at 11.00pm.
I Love You, Man (2009)
5STAR, 11.00PM ★★★★
Freeview, satellite and cable
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
10.00 First Dates Voiceover artist Nick is
set up on a date with golfer, Laura
(AD) (S)
Variations
6.00am Cyw 11.00 Dysgu Gyda Cyw 12.00 Newyddion
S4C a’r Tywydd 12.05pm Crwydro 12.30 Y Ty Arian
1.30 Garddio a Mwy 2.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 Pengelli 3.30 Tro Breizh Lyn Ebenezer 4.00 Awr
Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
6.05 Her yr Hinsawdd 6.30 Mwy o Sgorio 7.00 Heno
8.00 Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Wil ac Aeron: Taith Rwmania
9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Elis James: Cic Lan
Yr Archif 10.00 Llanifeiliaid 10.30 Kyffin Williams
11.00 - 11.35pm Cadw Cwmni gyda John Hardy
FILM4, 9.00PM ★★
SKY ONE, 10.00PM ★★★★
8.00 Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge
The seven heat winners are up
against each other in the grand final.
Last in the series (AD) (S)
10.00 Detectorists Lance is persuaded to
try hypnotherapy for an awkward
affliction (AD) (R) (S)
10.30 Newsnight (S)
A Walk in the Woods (2015)
Tortured By Mum and Dad – The Turpin 13
8.00 Watchdog Live The team report on
some alarming concerns with a
major car manufacturer (S)
10.00 BBC News at Ten (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Joshua v Klitschko: Return to
Wembley Anthony Joshua and
Wladimir Klitschko meet for the
first time since their fight (S)
Film choice
EVERETT / REX
Main channels
League 100 Club 2.00 PL Best Goals
95/96 3.00 Premier League Years 5.00
Premier League Review 6.00 Premier
League Highlights 6.30 Best PL Goals:
Chelsea v Arsenal 7.00 Premier League
World 7.30 Live Premier League. Chelsea
v Huddersfield Town (kick-off 7.45pm)
10.30 Nissan Match Choice 11.00
Premier League Highlights 3.00am
Best PL Goals: Chelsea v Man Utd 3.305.30am Premier League Highlights
BT Sport 1
11.30am Aviva Premiership Rugby
Highlights 2.00pm Premier League
Tonight 2.15 Bundesliga Highlights Show
3.15 Scottish Professional Football
League 4.45 Scottish Professional
Football League 6.15 Ladbrokes SPFL
Highlights 6.45 Live Scottish Football
Extra. A look at all the key issues and
talking points in Scottish football 7.15
Live Scottish Professional Football
League. Hearts v Hibernian (kick-off
7.45pm) 10.00 In Conversation with
David Tanner 10.30 Premier League
World 11.00 Serie A Show 11.30
30 for 30 12.30am NBA High Tops:
Plays of the Month 1.00 Live NBA.
Action from the NBA playoffs, a
best-of-seven elimination tournament
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 Game of the Week
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
5.30
6.30
8.00
9.00
10.00
12.05
1.00
2.00
3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
Futurama
The Simpsons
Carnage
Harry & Meghan: A Love
Story See What to watch
FILM: Scream (1996)
Horror starring Neve
Campbell See Film choice
am Brit Cops: Rapid
Response
Ross Kemp: Extreme World
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Hawaii Five-0
History
Noon The Curse of Civil War Gold
1.00pm Pawn Stars 2.00 American
Pickers 3.00 Counting Cars 4.00 Storage
Wars 5.00 Project Impossible 6.00
Forged in Fire 7.00 American Pickers
8.00 Project Impossible 9.00 The
Curse of Civil War Gold 10.00 Mountain
Men 11.00 Ancient Aliens 12.00 Forged
in Fire 1.00am Project Impossible
2.00 Homicide Hunter 3.00-4.00am
Ancient Aliens
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
Vivien Leigh 2.00 Watercolour Challenge
2.30 Art of the Portrait 3.00 The South
Bank Show Originals 3.30 Tales of the
Unexpected 4.00 Classic Albums 5.00 The
Eighties 6.00 Discovering: James Cagney
7.00 Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks.
David Bailey explores places connected to
John Singer Sargent 8.00 Mystery of
the Lost Paintings See What to watch
9.00 Discovering: George C Scott. A look
at the life and career of the actor 10.00
Hollywood: No Sex, Please. How film and
TV have evolved to reflect society’s
changing attitudes toward sex 11.00
John Malkovich: Just Call Me God
12.30am Mystery of the Lost Paintings
1.30 My Beatles Black Album with
Charles Hazlewood 2.30-4.30am
Status Quo: Live in Montreux
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
6.00
7.00
8.00
9.00
10.00
10.35
11.10
11.45
12.55
2.10
2.45
3.25
Film4
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
House
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
The West Wing
House
House
CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Blue Bloods
Occupied
High Maintenance
Silicon Valley
Barry
Billions
am The Sopranos
Togetherness
Happyish
- 4.00am Happyish
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
4.30pm Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long
Haul (2017) Comedy sequel starring
Jason Drucker 6.10 My Cousin Rachel
(2017) Drama starring Rachel Weisz and
Sam Claflin 8.00 Dunkirk (2017) Drama
starring Kenneth Branagh 9.50 Anon:
Special 10.20 Zoology (2016) Premiere.
Russian drama starring Masha Tokareva
11.55 Girl Flu (2016) Comedy starring
Katee Sackhoff 1.35am Austin Found
(2017) Comedy starring Linda Cardellini
3.25-5.10am Where’s the Money (2017)
Comedy starring Andrew Bachelor
PBS America
11.30am The Victorians 12.40pm The
War at Sea 1.50 Air Warriors 2.55
Ancient Worlds 4.05 The Victorians 5.20
The War at Sea 6.35 Air Warriors 7.50
The War at Sea 9.00 The Vietnam War
10.50 The War at Sea 12.10am The
Vietnam War 2.00-6.00am Teleshopping
TCM
24 hours, including at:
4.35pm The Cheyenne Social Club
(1970) Comedy Western starring James
Stewart 6.45 The Wings of Eagles
(1957) Fact-based drama starring John
Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Ward Bond
9.00 Nowhere to Run (1993) Action
11.00 am Guadalcanal Diary
(1943, b/w) Drama
starring Preston Foster
12.50 pm Hondo (1953) Western
starring John Wayne
2.30 Crash Dive (1943) Wartime
drama with Tyrone Power
4.40 Arrowhead (1953) Western
starring Charlton Heston
7.00 The Seeker: The Dark Is
Rising (2007) Fantasy
starring Alexander Ludwig
9.00 A Walk in the Woods
(2015) Fact-based drama
starring Robert Redford and
Nick Nolte See Film choice
11.05 AVP: Alien vs Predator
(2004) Sci-fi thriller
12.55 - 3.40am Q&A (1990)
adventure with Jean-Claude Van Damme
11.05 Lethal Weapon (1987) Action
thriller starring Mel Gibson and Danny
Glover 1.15am Conspiracy Theory with
Jesse Ventura 3.15-4.45am Hollywood’s
Best Film Directors
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? 6.40 Dad’s Army 7.20
Hi-de-Hi! 8.00 Dad’s Army 8.40 Porridge
9.20 Citizen Khan 10.00 Morgana
Robinson’s The Agency 10.40 Come Fly
with Me 11.20 Jack Dee Live at the
Apollo 12.20am Goodnight Sweetheart
1.00 Citizen Khan 1.40 Jack Dee Live at
the Apollo 2.30 Morgana Robinson’s The
Agency 3.00 Come Fly with Me 3.304.00am A Sharp Intake of Breath
Vintage TV
11.00am Whimsical Wednesday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Defining Decades 5.00
Tune In… To 1981 6.00 Tune In… To
1983 7.00 Tune In… To 1990 8.00
Joining Forces 9.00 Live & Gigging 10.00
Westcoast Waves 10.30 Live With… CC
Smugglers 11.00 Nashville’s Knockin’
12.00 The Night Shift 3.00-6.00am
Neil McCormick’s Needle Time
 Paul Rudd, realising he has no best
man for his wedding, sets out to find
himself a buddy in this contrived
bromance from Meet the Parents/
Fockers creator John Hamburg.
Beer-swilling Jason Segal seems to fit
the bill, but of course things go wrong.
The results aren’t hilarious, but both
leading actors have their amusing
moments, particularly Rudd with his
James Bond impressions
and bad air guitar.
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Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Island is rat-free
after 200 years
AFTER nearly a decade of planning,
£10 million and four sub-Antarctic
seasons of work by an international
team, a Scottish-based charity has
declared the remote British territory
of South Georgia free of rodents for
the first time since humans arrived
more than two centuries ago.
The South Georgia Heritage Trust
said rats and mice, which prey on
birds, arrived in the ships of sealers
and whalers.
Prof Mike Richardson, the chairman
of the trust’s habitat restoration
project steering committee, said
rodents had been eradicated from the
island and the conservation project –
the largest of its kind in the world –
was a huge team effort. “The popular
television series Blue Planet
highlighted our shared environmental
challenges and raised awareness of
South Georgia’s importance to
seabirds and nature more widely,” he
added.
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