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Through my cancer, I’ve
found the key to a good life
George Monbiot  Journal
G2
The
Meghan
Markle
effect
Wednesday
9 May 2018
Issue № 53,404
www.theguardian.com
£2.00
Can the republican
movement survive it?
Safer panels
on Grenfell
‘rejected
due to costs’
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Robert Booth
Blanchett takes charge in Cannes The president of the 71st Cannes film festival’s feature
film jury, Cate Blanchett, centre, flanked by fellow jury members, from left, Kristen Stewart,
Ava DuVernay, Léa Seydoux and Khadja Nin. Blanchett defended the lack of female directors at
Cannes this year, arguing that change will come to the film festival, but “not overnight”. Page 13
A costed proposal to fit Grenfell
Tower with panels that did not burn
was dropped amid pressure from the
Conservative council to slash the cost
of the refurbishment, the Guardian has
been told.
A cladding company that fits nonflammable aluminium panels claimed
it provided a £3.3m quote to fit its
system to the 24-storey tower in west
London at the request of Leadbitter,
Kensington and Chelsea’s preferred
contractor in 2013.
But a few months later the council
decided Leadbitter wanted to spend
too much on the refurbishment and
put the contract out to tender to
save £1.3m. It selected Rydon, which
provided a lower price but fitted the
building with combustible cladding
that caught fire on 14 June 2017, killing
72 people in what lawyers for victims
have called a “national atrocity”.
If the solid aluminium cladding had been chosen it would have
almost certainly saved lives, fire safety
experts said, and it could also have
been cheaper. The council’s housing arm ended up 2 
Fears of new Gulf crisis as Trump
pulls US out of Iran nuclear deal
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Julian Borger Washington
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Oliver Holmes Jerusalem
Donald Trump has announced he will
impose “the highest level of economic
sanctions” on Iran, violating an
international nuclear agreement and
a UN resolution, breaking decisively
with US allies in Europe and potentially triggering a new crisis in the Gulf.
In a statement at the White House,
Trump said this decision meant that
the US would “exit the Iran deal”
agreed with other major powers in
2015 and warned that “any nation that
helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could be strongly sanctioned”.
He then signed an executive order
reimposing sanctions on any foreign
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Amount of low-enriched uranium,
in pounds, held by Iran, far less than
it would need to make one bomb
company that continues to do business with Iran.
The leaders of the UK, France and
Germany – who are also parties to
the agreement, known as the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action or
JCPOA – issued a statement shortly
after Trump’s declaration expressing
their “regret and concern” and
emphasising their “continuing
commitment” to the agreement.
“We urge the US to ensure that the
structures of the JCPOA can remain
intact, and to avoid taking action which
obstructs its full implementation
by all other parties to the deal,” the
statement said.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani,
said he believed the agreement could
still survive if other negotiating
partners defied Trump.
But Rouhani warned that he had
instructed the country’s atomic energy
agency to prepare to restart enrichment of uranium at an industrial level
in a few weeks’ time should the deal
collapse completely. “This
is a psychological war, we 7 
Exterminated
Scientists hail
world’s biggest
project to wipe
out rodents
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The Guardian Wednesday 9 May 2018
Inside
Wednesday 9 May 2018
News
National Pages 5-19
Continued from page 1
GP warning Rising number of patients say
they can’t see their own doctor | Page 5
Rats eradicated World’s biggest project to
exterminate rodents hailed a success | Page 9
Windrush scandal Home Office was warned
of coming crisis as long ago as 2013 | Page 14
Weather breaks After the bank holiday
heatwave, UK to get cooler this week | Page 17
World Pages 21-29
Migrant crisis Paris urges Macron for help as
more than 2,000 sleep rough in city | Page 21
Armenia’s new man Prime minister is
sworn in after weeks of protests | Page 23
Church v change Irish county in silent
standoff over poll on abortion | Page 29
Financial Pages 30-33
High street squeeze Retailers suffer sharpest
drop in trade in two decades | Page 30
Hydrogen bonus Use extra renewable energy to
make clean gas for heating, say experts | Page 33
Journal Centre section
Through my cancer
I have found
the key to
a good life
George Monbiot
ot
Page 1
A crisis looms
over Iran. The task
is to prove that
truth exists
Natalie Nougayrède
Page
P
3
G2 Centre section, tucked inside Journal
No show for toes Why this year’s summer
shoes don’t require a pedicure | Page 7
We are the robots The future will be full of
useful devices – many spying on us | Page 10
Snooker How Mark Williams and John Higgins
rolled back the years in Sheffield | Page 44
Basement battle Who will prevail between
Swansea and Southampton? | Page 50
Puzzles G2, page 16 | Journal, page 12
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Safer cladding on
Grenfell ‘rejected
in bid to cut costs’
agreeing to a budget that put the cost
for the plastic-filled aluminium panels
and synthetic insulation which burned
so fiercely at £3.5m – £200,000 more
than the quote for the noncombustible
materials.
The survivors’ group Grenfell
United said the development was
heartbreaking. “It is more news that
tells us our loved ones would be alive
today if different decisions had been
taken and if the people in charge had
put safety first,” said Sandra Ruiz,
who lost her niece in the fire. “We
need the inquiry to get to the bottom
of why plans for the refurbishment
were changed and why, when the
community raised concerns, they
were ignored.”
Peter Hillyard, the director of D+B
Facades, said his company was asked
to provide costs for solid aluminium
sheets which do not spread flame,
backed with mineral wool insulation which does not burn. He said
the thought his company’s safer and
cheaper system was not used sent “a
shiver down my spine”.
Geoff Wilkinson, an independent
fire safety expert, said that if D+B’s
version was used it would have performed better in the fire.
Stephen Mackenzie, an independent fire safety consultant, said:
“There would have been little or no
fire spread, so the lives lost at Grenfell
may have been prevented.”
The emergence of the proposal will
heighten scrutiny of the procurement
decisions made by the Kensington and
Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation (KCTMO), which managed
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the building, and the council, which
owned it.
Scotland Yard detectives are investigating possible manslaughter and
corporate manslaughter charges. They
are also looking into “any failings of
duty of care owed to victims”.
D+B’s system has passed the fullscale British Standard 8414 fire test. By
contrast, Grenfell was clad in a combustible synthetic insulation, faced
with aluminium composite panels that
had a combustible polyethylene core.
The system has since been shown to
fail the fire test.
Researchers claim the panel system
used for Grenfell had a calorific value
equivalent to 12,000 litres of petrol,
while the insulation foam added the
equivalent of almost another 20,000
litres. The foam has also been shown
to release cyanide gas when it burns
and it is feared this may have contributed to the death toll.
There was sustained pressure
from the council to cut costs on the
project despite the authority being in
“robust” financial health, according
to accounts for 2014. It had £235m in
▲ Grenfell Tower was refurbished and
fitted with combustible cladding
Met reviewing serious crime
cases after forensics doubts
Vikram Dodd
Hannah Devlin
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A new forensics scandal has hit the
criminal justice system, with 33
cases involving rapes and serious
crimes being urgently reviewed to
see whether the convictions of those
jailed are safe.
The crisis involves a scientist with
the Metropolitan police who has been
suspended after concerns about the
person’s work.
The Met is reviewing 33 cases where
forensic samples were submitted
between 2012 and 2017; the cases
include 21 rapes and sexual assault,
with 12 cases involving serious
violence, drug offences and burglary.
A Met spokesperson said it was
believed that the cases the scientist
had worked on had led to convictions.
A key question will be how crucial that
work was in convincing juries of guilt.
The scientist, a member of staff
from Scotland Yard’s forensic services,
is alleged to have failed to carry out
tests and to have wrongly informed
investigators about how the work was
progressing, police said. This person
was suspended on 26 March as part of
the investigation.
The Met said: “We are urgently
conducting a review to understand
whether there is any risk to the criminal justice process and to take remedial
action where necessary.”
Forensics are the cornerstone of
the criminal justice system, crucial to
investigators and the courts in determining guilt or innocence, and what
to investigate.
It is the latest instance of concern
being raised about the integrity of
forensics in the system. Ten thousand
criminal cases in England and Wales
are being reviewed after it emerged
last year that data at the Randox forensic laboratory, in Manchester, may
have been manipulated, causing the
biggest recall of samples in British
criminal justice history.
The regulator said this year that
falling standards of forensic science,
33
Criminal cases involving forensic
samples from the Met where safety
of the convictions may be queried
usable reserves and had underspent its
budget for services by £23m.
The council had originally only
wanted to spend £6m on Grenfell, but
later set the budget at £9.7m when it
realised it also needed to replace the
heating system. In July 2013, however, the council’s housing committee
reported that Leadbitter, which was
interested in the nonflammable cladding, was on course to spend £11.3m
and so it put the contract out to tender
and began a cost-cutting programme
which it called “value engineering”.
The following summer, with Rydon
on board, the council’s tenants management organisation emailed the
project team: “We need good costs
for Cllr Feilding-Mellen [deputy
leader in charge of housing].” At that
point £300,000 was removed from the
cladding budget and zinc panels were
replaced with the aluminium composite material with the plastic core.
At least 300 other tall buildings in
England are clad in similar systems to
Grenfell and need to be reclad after
they failed fire safety tests. The system
D+B proposed for Grenfell is now being
used to replace the dangerous failed
cladding on several of those towers.
A leaked report prepared for detectives has already claimed that the
insulation on Grenfell “provided a
medium for fire to spread up, across
and within sections of the facade”.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the chair
of the Grenfell Tower inquiry which
opens in full on 4 June, has said he
wants to find out “what decisions
about the exterior of the building …
were made, by whom and when”.
Bouygues, which now owns Leadbitter, declined to comment on the
cost plan for noncombustible cladding, citing the police investigation
and public inquiry”.
Rydon, the council and KCTMO also
declined to comment for the same
reasons.
including the outsourcing of work to
unlicensed private labs, was making
miscarriages of justice inevitable.
In the case involving the Met
scientist it is understood that analysis
of some samples relating to crimes was
not carried out. The urgent review will
look at whether the forensic results
from the scientist can still be relied
upon. If not, the review will examine
how important those forensic results
were in securing convictions.
The Met added: “All victims in the
affected cases have been contacted,
where it has been deemed appropriate to do so. In the case of the … rape
and sexual assaults, victims have been
contacted by a sexual offences investigative techniques officer.”
The case has been referred to the
forensic science regulator, and the
Crown Prosecution Service is involved.
Gillian Tully, the forensic science
regulator, said she could not comment
on the specifics of the case amid the
investigation.
She said: “It is imperative that
all staff working in forensic science
understand the importance and
impact of their work in the criminal
justice system, the importance of
quality standards and the provision
of robust science.
“There is a robust system of regular
checks and quality systems in place to
reduce the risk of malpractice and, if
it does occur, ensure it is detected and
dealt with.”
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News
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▼ Phyllida Barlow, who called Gove’s
Ebacc ‘philistinism’, and Anish
Kapoor were among the signatories
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Portrait of PM
on stairs sparks
outrage among
geographers
of Oxford
Sally Weale and Jessica Elgot
Excluding arts from Ebacc core
subjects is a tragedy, artists say
Mark Brown
Arts correspondent
More than 100 of the UK’s leading
artists have joined forces to condemn
the exclusion of arts subjects from the
new English baccalaureate, warning it
will “seriously damage the future of
many young people”.
Artists including Tracey Emin,
Rachel Whiteread, Phyllida Barlow,
Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller and
Antony Gormley have signed a letter,
published by the Guardian, calling
on the government to rethink a key
secondary school policy introduced
by the former education secretary
Michael Gove.
The letter says there is compelling
evidence that the study of creative
subjects is in decline in state schools
and that entries to arts subjects have
fallen to their lowest level in a decade.
“This means that young people are
being deprived of opportunities for
personal development in the fields of
self-expression, sociability, imagination and creativity,” the letter states.
“A consequence of this is that it
places one of our largest and most successful global industries at risk, one
worth £92bn a year to the UK economy. That is bigger than oil, gas, life
sciences, automotive and aeronautics combined.”
Deller said he had recently been in a
new flagship academy having a meeting in a room full of mirrors. “What’s
this?” he asked, and was told the school
had got rid of its dance teacher and
now used the dance room for exams.
“What a terrible thing for young people, what an incredible waste,” he said.
He called the Ebacc “a huge mistake” adding: “Thinking creatively is
what is going to get Britain through a
lot of the challenges of the next 10-20
years and that’s exactly what the arts
do, they free up the mind.”
Barlow, who taught in art schools
from 1966 to 2009, said she had witnessed the erosion of the importance
of the arts at all levels in education,
especially over the past 15 to 20 years.
“Without doubt, such ill-thoughtthrough policies and attitude to the
arts is a tragedy. People, young and old,
are being deprived of the opportunities
to discover their talents and abilities
as artists and innovators within disciplines across the board.
“This philistinism must stop for the
sake of future generations and the survival of the planet.”
Kapoor said it showed the UK was
being “led by a bunch of halfwits, at
best”. He added: “The fact that we
enslave our young people as fodder,
and educate them as fodder for this
monument to capitalism is outrageous. In older times, and not so long
ago, an education meant an education in the arts and music and the
classics. Have we so lost our sense of
▲ Jeremy Deller called the Ebacc ‘a huge mistake’ PHOTOGRAPH: FABIO DE PAOLA
what it means to be civilised that all
we care about are subjects directed to
the economy? What’s wrong with us?”
The Ebacc performance measure
makes the sciences, English language
and literature, maths, a language and
geography or history compulsory for
secondary school pupils. Critics say
that this has narrowed access to the
arts as schools focus on core subjects.
The government wants to see
90% of GCSE pupils choosing the
Ebacc subject combination by 2025.
Schools are measured on the number
of pupils taking GCSEs in the Ebacc
core subjects.
The letter adds to warnings made by
many arts leaders. The former director of the National Theatre, Nicholas
Hytner, called the Ebacc policy one of
the “biggest disasters of the last seven
years” and pointed, with disdain, to
an assertion by the former education
secretary Nicky Morgan that arts subjects could hold pupils back for years.
A study from the Education Policy
Institute thinktank last year found that
the number of teenagers taking GCSEs
in arts subjects had fallen to its lowest
proportion for a decade. The promotion of the Ebacc suite of subjects was
one reason for the fall, it said.
The 104 signatories to the letter
include 15 former Turner prize winners, including Lubaina Himid, Susan
Philipsz, Richard Wright, and Grayson Perry.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Our drive to ensure all
pupils benefit from a stretching core
academic curriculum through the
Ebacc is not a barrier to pupils enjoying
a high-quality arts education. In fact,
since the introduction of the Ebacc,
the percentage of pupils taking arts
GCSEs has remained stable.”
Journal Letters Page 6 A row has broken out over a portrait
of the prime minister which was
removed from the walls of her alma
mater, the University of Oxford, after
students and academics objected to
her being included in a celebration of
female geographers.
The picture of Theresa May, who
graduated from St Hugh’s College with
a second, was put up on the walls of the
university’s school of geography and
the environment last week as part of
an exhibition intended to inspire the
next generation of female geographers
in their future careers.
Days later, the photograph was
removed from its spot halfway up a
staircase after members of the school
raised objections to the prime minister’s inclusion without consultation
and mounted a noisy campaign on
Twitter using the hashtag NotAllGeographers, the name of an account set
up at the weekend.
No sooner had celebrations begun
than a counter campaign took off with
the rallying cry PutThePortraitBack,
featuring outraged comments from
Conservative MPs, among them the
universities minister, Sam Gyimah,
an Oxford graduate.
“Utterly ridiculous story from
Oxford where now even portraits are
being no-platformed,” he tweeted.
“Politics aside @theresa_may is only
our second female PM & an inspiration
to many. The faculty should get a grip &
put the portrait back in a more prominent place – I’ll be happy to unveil it!”
The university duly announced that
the picture would indeed be restored,
insisting it had not been removed to
make any political point or express solidarity with those protesters but for
purely practical reasons.
“The portrait was being increasingly obscured by posters bearing
mainly humorous satirical messages,”
it said.
“It has now been taken down and
will be re-displayed so it can be seen
as intended.”
Downing Street said the prime minister’s views on the importance of the
visibility of women in senior positions
were well known, pointing to her
speech to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, where she said women
should not be intimidated from public roles by abuse.
Number 10 declined to comment on
the specific incident, however.
“I haven’t discussed this with the
PM and it will be a matter for the college,” May’s spokesman said.
After a tumultuous day in the limelight, NotAllGeographers lamented
what it described as an assault on internal democracy. “This is definitely one
of those days when you wish you’d
taken the ‘social media for academics’ course,” it said.
“Alas, this is a crash course.”
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News
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Better latte
than never:
Starbucks
to open first
Italian store
The number of
jobs on offer at
Starbucks’ first
store in Italy, in
a former post
office near the
Duomo in Milan
PHOTOGRAPH: ANNA
QUAGLIA/ALAMY
Angela Giuffrida
Rome
A historic building on one of Milan’s
grandiose squares has been chosen
by Starbucks for its first foray into the
land that invented the espresso.
The US coffee chain’s entry into the
Italian market, where coffee is deeply
ingrained in the national culture, has
endured setbacks and delays since
it was first suggested more than two
years ago.
But Starbucks’ executive chairman, Howard Schultz, confirmed at
a conference in Milan this week that
the opening would finally go ahead in
September. The company has opted
for a high-end address – a grand former post office in Piazza Cordusio,
near the Duomo.
Coffee lovers have got into a froth
in recent years over the interminable
speculation about Starbucks’ entry
into Italy, where an espresso or cappuccino can appear very different to
the chain’s offerings, but there were
supportive voices yesterday.
Paolo Nadalet, president of the Italian Espresso National Institute, said:
“We are really happy that a large company like Starbucks is coming to Italy,
because we think that the coffee it
serves is not like an Italian espresso
but is still coffee that tastes good.”
He added: “And Milan is the right
place to start: it’s close to fashion and
other Italian ways of living, and for us,
coffee is a way to live.
“Starbucks is doing its own job with
its own philosophy, but it’s still very
close to our culture in ensuring that
its consumers have good coffee in
their cups.”
Schultz has moved to reassure consumers that the company is coming to
Italy “with humility and respect, to
show what we have learned”.
Speaking in Milan on Monday, he
said his vision for Starbucks came
‘Milan is the right
place to start: it’s
close to fashion and
other Italian ways
of living, and for us,
coffee is a way to live’
Paolo Nadalet
Italian espresso institute
about during a visit to Italy in 1983.
“My imagination was captured by Italian coffee,” Schultz said.
Starbucks was able to clinch a deal
in Italy with the help of Antonio Percassi, an entrepreneur and former
footballer, who was also responsible
for bringing the Spanish clothing chain
Zara and the US lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret to Italy.
More Starbucks stores are in the
pipeline, although the company is yet
to decide on how many.
It will compete with several bars
that have been serving coffee for years
on Piazza Cordusio and nearby, but
Nadalet said he did not believe it would
dent their business.
“We have to increase our knowledge
in coffee and I think Starbucks can help
all other bars to improve on both service and taste,” he said.
“Big chains are using our coffee
machines worldwide, so this could
be a big moment for the Italian market. Foreign companies want to open
in Italy and we have to let them.”
The Italian catering industry group
Fipe said bars in Italy serve 6bn espressos a year, generating turnover of
€6.6bn (£5.8bn).
The Milan store is most likely to
appeal to tourists or those looking for
free wifi and a comfortable sofa – two
things not usually available in a traditional Italian coffee bar.
About 5,000 people are reported to
have applied for the 150 jobs available.
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Brexit boost for May
Remain MPs drop hint
over customs deal
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Cate Blanchett
‘Equality at Cannes
will take time’
Page 13
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Cancer advice
might make
drinkers cut
down – survey
Sarah Boseley
Health editor
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CARDY/GETTY
Top brass Helston town band leads the festivities on flora day, one of Britain’s oldest continuing
traditions, thought to mark the passing of the seasons. A series of dances, including a children’s
dance, a pageant and the midday “furry dance”, by custom reserved for the gentry, take place
throughout the day in the Cornish market town.
Health of patients put at risk as
fewer get to see their own GP
Denis Campbell
Health policy editor
Patients are finding it harder to get to
see their own GP, a trend that could
damage people’s health, according
to research into a vital cornerstone of
NHS care.
The number of patients in England who said they were able to get
an appointment with their own family doctor had fallen by 27.5% between
2012 and 2017, the study found.
The authors and organisations representing the profession blamed the
fall on GPs’ increasing workloads,
widespread shortages of family doctors and more GPs going part-time.
The researchers said the sharp
decline in regular contact between
patients and their GP, which they
call “relationship continuity”, could
undermine people’s health. Evidence
shows that people who see the same GP
when they go to the surgery are more
likely to have an ailment diagnosed
early, take prescribed medications and
use services to prevent ill-health.
“Relationship continuity of care
declined by 27.5% over the period
2012-2017,” said Louis Levene and
colleagues from whose findings are
published online in the British Journal of General Practice.
The authors based their conclusion
on an analysis of data collected for the
annual GP patient survey, which is sent
to more than 1 million patients from
6,500 GP surgeries.
Prof Kamila Hawthorne, vice-chair
of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We
know our patients value the continuity of care they have with their family
doctor, and GPs value this too, so it is
sad to hear that it is declining.”
Patients’ access to their family doctor is in decline despite Jeremy Hunt,
the health and social care secretary,
changing the GP contract in 2014 and
again in 2015 to ensure that, initially,
everyone over 75, and then every
patient in England, had a “named
accountable GP” who had overall
responsibility for their care.
“The contractual requirement for
patients to have a named doctor has,
so far, not altered this steady decline
in continuity, which coincides with
longer waiting times for GP appointments, suggesting that workload
pressures are once again creating
problems for the doctor-patient relationship,” the paper says. “In the
first nine months after these requirements were introduced, there was no
improvement in continuity.”
The British Medical Association said
27.5%
Drop in the proportion of patients in
England, from 2012 to 2017, able to
get an appointment with their GP
GPs were struggling under the weight
of “unsustainable pressures”.
“Though GPs and staff at surgeries continue to work hard to provide
a high level of service, these figures are
an indication of the growing impact of
unsustainable pressures on general
practice,” said Dr Richard Vautrey, the
chair of the BMA’s GPs committee.
“Through no fault of GPs, the needs
and expectations of patients are
increasingly being unmet, largely due
to the failure to address increasing staff
shortages and insufficient funding.”
Hunt has pledged to boost the number of GPs working in England by 5,000
between 2015 and 2020, but family
doctor numbers have fallen recently.
Levene says that reduced spending
on NHS primary care services at a time
of heavier workloads for GPs was also
a factor driving the trend.
The Department of Health and
Social Care said: “We want to ensure
that everyone has access to GP services, including routine appointments
at evenings and weekends. The latest
statistics show more than half the population is currently benefiting from
more flexible appointments.
“To improve access to patients and
availability of appointments we’re
investing an extra £2.4bn a year into
general practice by 2021.”
Labels warning drinkers that they risk
seven different forms of cancer could
persuade some people to consume less
alcohol, according to a survey.
But other proposed warnings on
bottles about alcohol’s harm to health
might well be ignored by most people,
the annual Global Drugs Survey found.
The survey asked 130,000 people in
44 countries about drug and alcohol
use, risks and harms. In the light of
warnings on cigarette packets, the
researchers decided to investigate
the potential impact of warnings on
bottles of wine, beer and spirits among
the 3,600 respondents in England.
They devised seven different health
warnings, in collaboration with health
experts, from “heart disease is a major
cause of death among people with
heavy alcohol use” to “a bottle of wine
or six bottles of beer contain as many
calories as a burger and fries”.
Other warnings concerned liver disease, the increase in violence among
drinkers and the absence of any health
benefits from drinking. Another label
carried the recommendation to have
at least two alcohol-free days a week.
Most people said they believed the
warnings. And yet most would not
rethink the amount they drank if any
of these messages were put on bottles.
The warning that appeared to reach
the most people was that “drinking
less reduces your risk of seven different sorts of cancer”. Of the 3,600
respondents in England, 16% said it
would affect the amount they drank,
24% said it might, 5% were unsure and
55% said it would not change anything.
Warnings about calories would
or might change the habits of 31% of
people and warnings about increased
violence and abusive behaviour would
or might make 27% of people cut down.
Drinks manufacturers already have
to print the alcohol levels and the chief
medical officer’s recommended alcohol limits on their products. A report
from the Alcohol Health Alliance in
January found that most did not
include the up-to-date guidance of
14 units a week for men and women
and that none had health warnings
featuring specific illnesses or messages
recommending drink-free days.
Prof Adam Winstock, founder of
the Global Drug Survey, said: “It is
clear that the link between alcohol
consumption and increased cancer
risk is a message that is still not reaching UK drinkers and, where it does,
many choose to react to the message
with scepticism. The alcohol industry
… will never embrace anything that
might lead to people drinking less.”
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News
Iran nuclear deal
▼ Donald Trump displays the
memorandum showing his intention
to withdraw from the nuclear deal
PHOTOGRAPH: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
Reaction
Rouhani: we
will restart
enrichment
if deal fails
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Daniel Boffey
Donald Trump’s decision to pull the
US out of the landmark nuclear deal
with Iran was met with defiance by
Tehran with Iran’s president saying
he had instructed his atomic energy
agency to prepare to restart in enrichment of uranium at an industrial level
in a few week’s time should the deal
collapse completely.
“This is a psychological war, we
won’t allow Trump to win... I’m happy
that the pesky being has left the Barjam,” Hasan Rouhani said on national
TV referring to Persian acronym for
the joint comprehensive plan of action
(JCPOA) or the nuclear deal.
“From now on, this is an agreement
between Iran and five countries... from
now on the P5+1 has lost its 1... we have
to wait and see how others react. If we
come to the conclusion that with cooperation with the five countries we can
keep what we wanted despite Israeli
and American efforts, Barjam can survive,” he added.
“For 40 years we’ve said Iran always
abides by its commitments, and the
US never complies. Our 40-year history shows us Americans have been
aggressive towards great people of Iran
and our region ”
Trump’s move was also met with
dismay by fellow signatories to the
agreement, but warmly welcomed by
the Israeli prime minister as a “brave
and correct decision”.
The French president Emmanuel
Macron was the first leader to respond,
tweeting: “France, Germany and the
UK regret the US decision to leave the
JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action]. The nuclear non-proliferation
regime is at stake.”
The US president’s decision to not
only withdraw from the deal but to
impose economic sanctions on Iran,
and “any nation that helps Iran in its
quest for nuclear weapons” appeared
to put the White House on a collision
course with China, France, Germany,
Russia and the UK. Each of those countries have vowed to continue to abide
by the JCPOA.
The EU’s high representative for foreign affairs Federico Mogherini urged
the Iranian regime not to allow Trump’s
move to destroy the agreement. She
insisted that Brussels expected the
rest of the international community
to keep to its commitments.
Mogherini said: “I am particularly
worried by the announcement tonight
of new sanctions … Together with the
rest of the international community,
we will preserve this nuclear deal. ”
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu along with Saudi
Arabia warmly welcomed the move.
Describing Trump’s announcement as
a “historic move”, Netanyahu said the
deal as it stood “actually paves Iran’s
path to an entire arsenal of nuclear
bombs and this in a few years time”.
Analysis EU in dilemma
over whether to defy US
Patrick Wintour
Diplomatic editor
E
uropean leaders are
determined to try to
salvage the Iran nuclear
deal even though this
may put them on a
collision course with
an uncompromising US president
determined to confront Iran as the
“leading state sponsor of terror”.
The clash represents a huge test
of the durability of the surprisingly
concerted alliance that Germany,
France and the UK have managed
to maintain in their humiliatingly
fruitless bid to prevent Trump from
withdrawing from the deal signed by
his predecessor Barack Obama.
The risk is that the unity forged by
the European trio over the need to
preserve the deal now falters as disagreements surface on how far they
are prepared to antagonise the US,
not to mention Israel and Saudi Arabia, to keep the deal alive.
The tone in which figures such
as the French president, Emmanuel
Macron, challenge Trump’s judgement call, and bellicose rhetoric, will
also be critical to future transatlantic
relations. In making his announcement Trump did not hold back, or
make any concessions to European
sentiment, effectively accusing his
European allies of being duped by “a
giant fiction perpetrated by a murderous regime”.
Still worse from the EU perspective he said he was imposing “the
highest level of sanctions”, adding
explicitly that other nations could
be sanctioned if they assisted Iran.
In the face of this rhetoric, Europe’s
room for manoeuvre, and traction
with Washington, is limited.
Tony Blinken, a former Obama
deputy secretary of state involved in
the negotiation of the original deal,
said Europe’s ability to keep it alive
would largely depend on whether
Iran continues to reap economic
benefits, even without the US. “That
will be a judgment over time,” he
said. “It depends on how companies
react to the new environment and it
depends on how the US tries to sanction companies that trade with Iran.”
The viability of Europe’s plans to
keep Iran committed to the deal will
depend on how aggressively the US
Treasury ensures that any sanctions
it now imposes on US firms that continue to trade with the Central Bank
of Iran also affect European firms.
The first sanction being reimposed by Trump is a requirement
for firms to show they are significantly reducing the number of oil
deals they are striking with Iran via
the central bank. That will take as
long as 180 days to measure. Trump
implied other far wider sanctions
will also be reimposed, even though
he gave no timeframe for doing so.
One difficulty is that many existing US sanctions on Iran, some
linked to Tehran’s human rights
abuses and its ballistic missile programme, have already had a chilling
effect on risk-averse European banks
with commercial links to the US.
Previous efforts in 2016 and 2017
to find a way to disentangle European firms trading with Iran from
the threat of US sanctions largely
failed, leading Tehran to complain
that the supposed chief upside for
the nuclear deal – increased Western
investment in the Iranian economy –
has not materialised.
The question for Europe is
whether it can this time find a more
effective means of protecting European businesses trading with Iran
from US sanctions. Blinken pointed
out that in the past the EU has staged
confrontations with the US when
Washington has imposed secondary
sanctions. The Libya and Iran sanctions act passed by Congress in 1996
provoked the EU to pass a blocking
statute asserting the US secondary
sanctions had no legal effect. The EU
also threatened to take the US to the
World Trade Organization. “Broadly
the US backed down”, Blinken said.
But the tone of Trump’s White
House address suggested he will not
tolerate any such threat to his political authority to settle the west’s
relations with Iran.
Over the past few weeks, the EU
has been privately reviewing past
confrontations with the US over
sanctions, although it has not publicly discussed its contingency plans.
Maja Kocijancic, EU spokeswoman for foreign affairs, yesterday
simply said: “We are working on
plans to protect the interests of
European companies” .
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Explained
Ditching the deal
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PHOTOGRAPH: REUTERS
What is the
Iran nuclear
deal?
But in a bid to reassure the Iranians, and prevent an uncontrolled
escalation, officials from the UK,
France, Germany and the EU’s foreign policy service stressed their
support for the Iran deal when they
met Iran’s deputy foreign minister,
Abbas Araghchi for talks in Brussels yesterday, hours before Trump’s
statement. Europe would implement the agreement as long as Iran
complies with its obligations, said a
German foreign ministry source.
At the same time, Europe will not
want to find itself at odds with its
natural allies Saudi Arabia, Israel and
Washington on such a critical judgment call as the role of Iran in the
Middle East. A public confrontation
between the US and Europe at the
United Nations security council over
the future of the agreement is only
likely to benefit Russia.
Instead, the EU will have to
decide whether to pursue its proposals, originally concocted to persuade
Trump to stay in the deal, to negotiate a supplementary agreement with
Iran covering its ballistic missile
program, its foreign policy interventionism in the Middle East and the
deal’s controversial sunset clauses.
At the moment European leaders face only an invidious choice
– succumb to Trump’s leadership
even though they say it risks turmoil in the Middle East, or challenge
their closest ally on probably the
biggest foreign policy decision of
his presidency.
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Iran and a six-nation negotiating group agreed
on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
in July 2015, ending 12 years of deadlock.
At its core, the JCPOA is a straightforward
bargain. Iran accepts strict limits on its nuclear
programme in return for an escape from the
sanctions that grew up around its economy
over a decade prior to the accord. Under
the deal, Iran unplugged two-thirds of its
centrifuges, shipped out 98% of its enriched
uranium and filled its plutonium production
reactor with concrete. Tehran also accepted
extensive monitoring by the International
Atomic Energy Agency, which, since the
deal, has verified 10 times that Tehran has
complied with its terms. In return, all nuclearrelated sanctions were lifted in January 2016,
reconnecting Iran to global markets.
Which
countries are
involved?
The six major powers involved in the nuclear
talks with Iran are known as the P5+1: the UN
security council’s five permanent members
– China, France, Russia, the UK and the US –
and Germany. The deal is enshrined in a UN
security council resolution that incorporated it
into international law.
Why does
Donald
Trump want
to scrap it?
• Donald Trump’s election
victory put the deal in
doubt. He promised
during his campaign to
“dismantle the disastrous
deal with Iran”, although
many believed he might
instead adopt a more
rigorous implementation
of the agreement and
tighten sanctions already
in place. In January, he
reluctantly waived a raft of
sanctions against Iran but
said “this is a last chance”
Why do
others want
to save it?
Except for the US, all other P5+1 negotiating
partners want to keep the deal. Boris Johnson,
who visited Washington to lobby Trump not to
scuttle it, said: “Of all the options for ensuring
Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, this offers
the fewest disadvantages”. After Israel’s PM,
Benjamin Netanyahu, unveiled documents he
claimed showed Iran was cheating on the deal,
European countries pushed back, saying they
underlined the importance of keeping it.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Iran correspondent
and asked “European
countries to join with the
US in fixing significant
flaws in the deal”. Trump
believes the agreement
is a bad deal, which falls
short of addressing Iran’s
regional behaviour or
its missile programme.
Critics also say it is
another example of
Trump dismantling Barack
Obama’s legacy - the deal
was his signature foreign
policy achievement.
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Fears of new
Gulf crisis as US
pulls out of Iran
nuclear deal
won’t allow Trump to win … I’m happy
that the pesky being has left the [agreement],” the Iranian president said.
Barack Obama, whose administration negotiated the deal, called
the decision to pull out of the deal a
“serious mistake” and warned it would
erode America’s global credibility.
“The United States could eventually
be left with a losing choice between a
nuclear-armed Iran or another war in
the Middle East,” he added in a statement on Facebook.
In his White House remarks, Trump
called the Iran agreement “a horrible
one-sided deal that should never, ever
have been made” and said: “It didn’t
bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and
it never will.”
Even before Trump’s announcement, tensions were visibly rising. The
Israeli military warned of “irregular
activity of Iranian forces in Syria” and
ordered bomb shelters to be readied in
the Golan Heights.
In reintroducing sanctions, Trump
referred to claims by Israel’s prime
minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that
Israel had documents detailing past
Iranian work on nuclear weapons
development.
Netanyahu, who has been a vocal
critic of the deal and called for Trump
to “fix it or nix it”, said: “Israel fully
supports President Trump’s bold
decision today to reject the disastrous
nuclear deal with the terrorist regime
in Tehran.” He said Israel opposed the
deal as it “paves Iran’s path to an entire
arsenal of nuclear bombs”.
The “removal of sanctions under
the deal has already produced disastrous results”, he added. “Israel thanks
President Trump for his courageous
leadership,” he added.
The US Treasury issued a fact sheet
providing a timetable of restoration
of sweeping sanctions against global
firms trading or investing with Iran.
John Bolton, Trump’s national
security adviser, said the sanctions
would apply immediately to new deals
but that companies would have a three
or six-month grace period to get out of
existing contracts or face US sanctions.
Bolton said the US would also cease
▲ Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani,
said the agreement could still be saved
to abide by the UN security council
resolution (UNSCR) that endorsed the
July 2015 deal.
“We are not using the provisions of
UNSCR 2231 because we are out of the
deal,” the national security adviser, a
longtime critic of the nuclear agreement, told reporters.
The announcement marks a decisive break from the nuclear deal that
the US agreed in July 2015 with its main
European partners, Russia, China and
Iran, in which Tehran agreed to significant curbs on its nuclear programme
in return for sanctions relief. The deal
was endorsed by a UN security council
resolution soon afterwards.
Trump’s unilateral announcement
is likely to raise tensions rapidly in the
Middle East, already inflamed by conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Much will now depend on the
reaction in Tehran, where hardliners
have campaigned against the agreement and pressed for Iran to revive
a full range of nuclear activities and
throw out UN inspectors.
The other parties to the 2015 agreement with Iran have said they will try
to keep the deal alive but it is unclear
whether that will be possible in the
face of the reintroduced sanctions.
The decision represents a rejection
of repeated, concerted entreaties by
Washington’s European allies to keep
faith with the nuclear deal.
He made his announcement a day
after the UK foreign secretary, Boris
Johnson, returned home after an abortive round of last-minute lobbying for
the JCPOA in Washington.
The French president, Emmanuel
Macron and Germany’s chancellor,
Angela Merkel, had come to the White
House in recent weeks. Their failure
to sway Trump was a striking measure of how little influence Europe has
on this White House, which has sided
instead with Israel, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates on a major
strategic decision.
The JCPOA deal, agreed in Vienna
in 2015 led to a rapid and drastic
reduction in Iran’s nuclear programme.
It reduced its stockpile of low-enriched
uranium by 98% to just 300lbs, far
below what would be required if it
attempted to make enough fissile
material for a single bomb.
Iran also took down about 13,000 of
its centrifuges, leaving just over 5,000
of its oldest-model machines in place.
It ceased all enrichment at its underground facility at Fordow, which – like
other Iranian nuclear sites – was put
under continuous international monitoring by the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA had
repeatedly confirmed that Iran was in
compliance with the restriction it had
agreed to in 2015.
Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, warned: “By
withdrawing from the JCPOA Trump
hastens the possibility of three disparate but similarly cataclysmic events:
An Iranian war, an Iranian bomb, or
the implosion of the Iranian regime.”
“Iran looms large over major US
national security concerns including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, cyber,
energy security, terrorism, & obviously
nuclear proliferation,” Sadjadpour said
in a tweet. “The opportunities for
direct conflict are numerous.”
After his announcement on Iran,
Trump insisted he would still press
ahead with his bid to reach a nuclear
agreement with North Korea.
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The government is facing two difficult votes, and potential defeats,
over amendments to the data protection bill that are due to be debated
The Guardian Wednesday 9 May 2018
National
Government risks defeat
in press regulation votes
Jim Waterson and Pippa Crerar
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in the Commons today. The amendments would establish a so-called
“Leveson 2” inquiry into the relationship between the media and the police,
and a measure that would impose
punitive legal costs on English media
organisations that refuse to sign up
to Impress, the officially recognised
press regulator. The second amendment, tabled by the Labour MPs Tom
Watson and Liam Byrne, has prompted
a robust response from media organisations, which fear it would discourage
investigative journalism in the public interest.
Under their proposal, such publishers would be forced to pay the legal
costs of claimants who bring legal proceedings against a news outlet, even
if the publisher won the case, if it had
not signed up to Impress.
Theresa May told cabinet ministers yesterday that the plans would
undermine the free press and that it
was “very important” that the government oppose the amendment.
Guardian News & Media, the owner
of the Guardian and the Observer, has
written to all MPs, warning that the
proposed amendment on section 40
would “further erode press freedom
and have a severe chilling effect”.
The publisher also said it rejected
a plan in the proposal tabled by Watson and Byrne to exempt large media
organisations that reinvest their profits back into journalism from paying
punitive legal costs.
In effect, the only large media
organisation that would benefit is
Guardian News & Media.
“This clause was not discussed
with Guardian News & Media and we
disagree with attempts to impose a
selective sanction on the media,” the
publisher told MPs in a briefing note.
The proposal for a new Levesonstyle public inquiry into the activities
of media companies is contained in an
amendment to the data protection bill
tabled by a cross-party group of MPs
including Labour’s Ed Miliband and
the Conservatives’ Ken Clarke.
Leveson two explained
Why does the media fear a second inquiry?
Why are we talking about press
regulation again?
In 2011 David Cameron, as prime
minister, launched a public inquiry
into press standards after the phonehacking scandal that brought down
the News of the World.
Seven years later, MPs are
preparing to vote on a cross-party
proposal to establish another
inquiry into the media’s actions.
The proposal, in the form of an
amendment to the data protection
bill, has been tabled by the former
Labour leader Ed Miliband, the
former Conservative chancellor
Ken Clarke, and MPs from the Lib
Dems, Scottish National party,
Plaid Cymru and the Green party. It
would establish a new investigation
into “allegations of data protection
breaches committed by or on behalf
of national news publishers”.
A separate amendment to the
same legislation, tabled by Labour
MPs Tom Watson and Liam Byrne,
would impose punitive legal costs
on media organisations that refuse
to be recognised by Impress, the
officially sanctioned press regulator.
Hasn’t the Leveson inquiry already
dealt with this?
Not in the eyes of campaigners for
tougher press regulation.
The public inquiry established by
Cameron, known after its chairman,
the then Lord Justice Leveson, was
split into two sections.
The first part of the inquiry,
which took evidence from figures
across the media, considered ethics
and standards in the British media
industry. Its conclusion, published
in November 2012, recommended a
new form of press regulation.
However, campaigners were
angered when all big newspapers
instead chose to adopt their own
Ed Miliband is among those
to have tabled a proposal
for a second inquiry
forms of regulation, with some
joining together to found the
unrecognised Independent Press
Standards Organisation (Ipso), and
the Guardian and the Financial
Times choosing to self-regulate.
Newspapers benefited from
the government’s decision not to
implement a rule that would require
publishers to meet all the legal costs
of a claimant in a libel case, even
if they were unsuccessful, if the
publisher was not a member of an
officially recognised regulator.
The second part of the Leveson
inquiry, which would investigate
the relationship between journalists
and the police, was supposed to
take place after the conclusion of
court cases involving alleged phone
hacking and inappropriate payments
to public officials.
Yet two months ago the
culture secretary, Matt Hancock,
announced there was no need for
the second part to go ahead, citing a
“transformational shift in the media
landscape and how people consume
news” and reforms that had already
taken place, further angering
campaigners such as Miliband.
The two proposed amendments
up for debate today would in effect
undermine the government’s
decisions by legislating for a new
inquiry similar to Leveson part
two, while introducing punitive
measures for newspapers that refuse
to join Impress.
Are MPs likely to pass the
legislation?
Theresa May has told cabinet
ministers it is “very important”
that the government opposes the
amendments and a substantial
whipping operation is under way.
Despite this, both Downing Street
and opposition sources expect the
votes to be close, with the balance
of power held by the SNP and the
handful of Tory rebels who have
been won over by Ken Clarke’s case
for a new inquiry.
What is the Guardian’s position on
press regulation?
The Guardian opposes any attempts
to force it to join Impress and
believes the proposed amendment
on section 40, introducing punitive
legal costs on those who do not
sign up to the officially sanctioned
regulator, would further erode
press freedom and have a chilling
effect on its own public interest
investigative journalism.
Jim Waterson
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▼ Jane Tansell, of the South Georgia
rodent detection team, passes seals
on the island in March this year
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‘No rodents were
found in our survey
… for the first time
in two and a half
centuries. It has been
a long, long, haul’
▲ Safer now: black-browed albatross
chick, and top, macaroni penguin
South Georgia’s invasive rats
are eradicated after 250 years
Fiona Harvey
Environment correspondent
The world’s biggest project to eradicate a dangerous invasive species
has been declared a success, with the
remote island of South Georgia being
declared clear of the rats and mice that
have been devastating its wildlife over
nearly 250 years.
Rats and mice were inadvertently
introduced to the island, which is
off the southern tip of South America and close to Antarctica, by ships
anchoring there, usually during whaling expeditions.
The effect on native populations of
birds was dramatic. The birds, unused
to predators, laid their eggs on the
ground or in burrows, which were easily accessible to the rodents.
Two species of birds endemic to the
area, South Georgia pipits and South
Georgia pintails, became largely confined to a few tiny islands off the coast
which the rodents could not reach.
Penguins and other seabird populations were also threatened.
Mike Richardson, chair of the decade-long £10m project, said: “No
rodents were discovered in the [final]
survey. To the best of our knowledge,
for the first time in two and a half centuries this island is rodent-free. It has
been a long, long, haul.”
While the last of the poisoned bait
was dropped more than two years ago,
scientists have spent the intervening period monitoring the island for
rodents. Two dog handlers from New
Zealand walked three dogs, named
Will, Ahu and Wai, across more than
1,500 miles, often in extreme weather,
to find signs of rats or mice.
Only when none were found over
that time, in all areas, was the project
named a success according to international standards. The leaders of the
eradication effort said the area was
now resounding with the once-rare
songs of the native pipit.
The project was led by the South
Georgia Heritage Trust, a charity set up
to protect the island’s nature, and an
associate organisation, the US-based
Friends of South Georgia Island. The
UK government played a role but the
bulk of the project’s money came from
private fundraising and philanthropy.
£10m
Cost of the decade-long project to
eradicate the rodents which had
been introduced to South Georgia
South Atlantic
King Edward Point
Brazil
Argentina
Falkland Islands
Antarctica
South Georgia
Over three seasons,
three helicopters
were used to drop
300 tonnes of bait near
rodent populations
30 km
30 miles
Greater London
at same scale
Scientists hope the success may
become an inspiration and model for
other projects around the world to
eliminate invasive species, which in
the worst cases can drive some native
animals to near extinction.
South Georgia is one of the British
overseas territories. The Tory peer
Lord Gardiner, parliamentary undersecretary at the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
said: “We must not rest on our laurels.
In our overseas territories which make
up 90% of the UK’s biodiversity, [many
species] are highly vulnerable.”
The South Georgia programme
involved dropping hundreds of tonnes
of poisoned bait on to areas known
to be populated by rodents. Harsh
weather, mountainous terrain and the
island’s near inaccessibility made the
project fraught with danger.
At times scientists believed they
had eradicated rats from one area but
then found the animals had returned
from another part of the island, so the
poisoning regime had to begin again.
Richardson paid tribute to the endurance and bravery of the teams who had
seen through the project.
South Georgia, which has an area
of 1,450 square miles, was visited
by Captain James Cook in 1775, who
claimed it for Britain.
It became an anchorage for the
hundreds of whalers in the southern
seas, providing shelter, dry land and
a meeting site for ships’ crews who
could spend weeks or months without sight of land. About 2,000 people
lived on the island during the height
of the whaling industry.
Today the main activities on the
island are related to two scientific
research stations run by the British
Antarctic Survey.
South Georgia was claimed several
times during the 20th century by
Argentina, including during the
Falklands war; a UK garrison on the
island was withdrawn only in 2001.
The island is also known for containing the burial ground of the Antarctic
explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who
died there in 1922.
About 100 miles long, much of the
island is covered by snow and ice, the
remainder being mountainous. Some
of the coastal regions have vegetation,
and these areas have provided a haven
for seabirds, including the endemic
pipits and pintails.
About 98% of the world’s population of fur seals breeds here, and the
island is home to about half the global
population of elephant seals as well
as four penguin species, including
450,000 breeding pairs of king penguins. All four of the penguin species
are listed as threatened.
About 30m birds are thought to nest
and raise chicks on the islands, with 81
species recorded.
Invasive alien species are one of the
worst threats to biodiversity around
the world. When non-native species
are introduced to a region, often inadvertently but also sometimes as pets
or as ornamental additions, they can
disrupt natural ecosystems evolved
over millennia to the detriment of
the native species that have evolved
with them.
One classic example is the grey
squirrel, introduced to Europe as a
novelty and which has come close to
eclipsing the native red in the UK.
It was thought this was mainly
because the more aggressive greys
outcompeted the reds for habitats and
food, but more recently scientists have
discovered that a virus called squirrelpox, to which the natives have little
resistance, also played a leading role.
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National
Founder of
Phones 4u
claims court
battle victory
Sarah Butler
A former financial adviser to the
billionaire Phones 4u founder, John
Caudwell, has been awarded nearly
£500,000 in damages after a court
found she had been wrongly dismissed
despite fiddling her expenses.
Caudwell claimed justice had
been done, since the payment was
significantly less than the £20m Nathalie Dauriac was seeking.
At the conclusion of a high-profile
case, Justice Marcus Smith awarded
the damages after finding that Caudwell had breached his agreement with
Dauriac after taking over her shares in
the financial management firm they
co-founded, for a nominal £2 fee.
Despite Dauriac maintaining they were
worth £20m, the court valued them at
no more than £471,510.
Smith also ruled Dauriac, a former Coutts banker, had “deliberately
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made expense claims that she knew
were not proper claims” and that there
was “quite simply no explanation
consistent with honesty” for changes
she had made to the claim forms.
Caudwell and Dauriac ended up
in court after an investigation into
Dauriac’s expenses began in late 2014.
She was suspended in December that
year and her employment ended in
January 2015. Dauriac left the business
and her 49% stake was bought out for
a nominal £2 fee.
Dauriac said: “I am very pleased that
the judge has today upheld my claim of
constructive dismissal and found that
the shares that were taken away from
me and valued at just £2 were in fact
worth more than £500,000.
“I was subjected to relentless pressure to accept a series of
outrageous demands as the price for
staying in my job.
“The court heard that an attempt
was made to pressure me into agreeing
to take a lie detector test and see a
psychiatrist, that I was asked not to
have children while at the business,
and that I was threatened with having
my job downgraded.”
But Caudwell also claimed victory
in the case, saying it was an “immense
relief” that the court had found
Dauriac to be dishonest in relation
to her claim for nearly £30,000 in
expenses. He said he did not agree
with the judge’s valuation of Dauriac’s
shares in the business but the damages
awarded were only a “tiny fraction
of the £20m she was seeking” in the
long-running court case.
“Over the course of the last three
years I have been to hell and back as a
consequence of a series of vindictive
and completely baseless allegations
made against me in the course of
high-profile legal proceedings with
my former business partner Nathalie
Dauriac.
“Throughout that period she waged
what felt like a campaign of terror in
an effort to extort £20m from me in
the clear expectation that I would
ultimately surrender and settle out
of court. She was totally wrong in
that assumption,” Caudwell said in a
statement.
“It is an immense relief to share with
you that the court has found Nathalie
to have been dishonest, to have deliberately made expenses claims that,
without question, she knew were
improper.”
Dauriac said the judge had taken
“little or no account of my role as
founder and co-owner of a multimillion-pound business, dedicating
my personal and social life to
generating business and maintaining
relations with clients”.
New funding rules
leave most schools
worse off, say heads
Sally Weale
Education correspondent
A majority of headteachers say a new
funding system introduced this year
to iron out budget inequities between
schools in different areas has left them
worse off, according to a new survey.
They say that despite the introduction of the national funding formula
(NFF) in April, their budgets are still
in crisis, with eight out of 10 schools
having to cut teaching assistants and
support staff, and six out of 10 cutting
teaching posts to balance budgets.
The survey of 1,500 headteachers
by the lobbying campaign Worth Less?
also finds that nine out of 10 schools
are having to dip into dedicated
funding for the most disadvantaged
children – known as the pupil premium – to keep their school budget
afloat. Half of respondents confessed
to using more than 50% of pupil premium money in this way.
This latest survey of budgets since
the introduction of the NFF finds that
just 15% of schools think that in real
terms they are better off under NFF,
while 60% state that they are worse off.
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Brexit
PM’s customs plan
receives boost from
Tory remainers
Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
Theresa May’s hopes of persuading her
party to back her customs partnership
plan moved a step closer yesterday
after Tory remainers suggested they
might be prepared to back it.
Leading Tory backbenchers Anna
Soubry and Dominic Grieve, who have
spearheaded the rebel drive to remain
in the customs union, said their main
priority was frictionless trade.
It raises the prospect of their eventually withdrawing a customs union
amendment to the trade bill, on
which the government faces defeat,
and so bolstering the prime minister’s chances of getting her Brexit deal
through the Commons.
The development comes ahead of a
fresh cabinet showdown over Britain’s
customs arrangements post-Brexit
after Boris Johnson publicly criticised
May’s proposed system as crazy and
claimed it would not give Britain control of trade policy.
Whitehall officials believe they can
persuade Brussels that a redrafted
version of May’s preferred plan is
workable, despite EU negotiators
previously describing it as “magical
thinking”.
The Brexit inner cabinet rejected
the proposal by six to five at a crunch
meeting last week, leaving Brexit cabinet sources insisting it was “a dead
parrot” and Number 10 conceding
there were “unresolved issues” that
required further work.
Downing Street sources denied that
the prime minister planned to take the
issue to a full meeting of her cabinet,
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where the plan would get majority
backing, suggesting that she wanted
to win over her Brexiter critics in the
inner cabinet with redrafted proposals instead.
May delivered a mild rebuke to
Johnson after he told the Daily Mail
that the customs partnership, one of
two options considered by the inner
cabinet, would be unacceptable.
Her official spokesman pointed out
that the customs partnership had been
in existence for months, along with an
alternative plan for a hi-tech streamlined customs arrangement, and that
the whole cabinet had already signed
up to it.
While Number 10 defended the
business secretary Greg Clark’s intervention at the weekend as “entirely
in keeping” with government policy, May’s spokesman refused to be
drawn on whether the same was true
of Johnson’s comments.
Downing Street was also rumoured
to be trying to win over Sajid Javid, the
home secretary, and Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, who both
came out against May’s plans at the
inner cabinet.
In the next few weeks, May will have
to face the return of the EU withdrawal
bill to the Commons after a string of
government defeats in the House of
Lords on proposals such as staying in
the customs union.
However, support for her partnership plan from leading remainers,
while angering the Brexiters, could
make it more likely that the prime
minister avoids a damaging defeat on
staying in the customs union, which
Labour has said it would support.
Soubry said: “All that I care about
is what any agreement delivers. If it
delivers the huge benefit of our membership of the customs union and
indeed the single market, which is
what British business is desperate for,
I don’t care what you call it.”
Grieve told BBC radio: “I think you
will find that there is an overwhelming
number of members of parliament who
‘If it delivers the
huge benefit of our
membership of the
customs union …
I don’t care
what you call it’
Anna Soubry
Conservative MP
Labour peers
force May to
give MPs vote
over single
market plans
Anne Perkins
Deputy political editor
MPs will have a vote on remaining in
the European Economic Area – effectively a vote on the single market
– after a shock defeat for the government in the Lords last night.
Officially, Labour peers were
whipped to abstain, but 83 peers
defied the whip to back the amendment. They included many former
ministers and a former chief whip,
Hilary Armstrong. Seventeen Conservatives backed the amendment.
All the amendments to the bill that
have been passed in the Lords will
have to be considered and voted on by
MPs when the bill returns to the Commons, perhaps as soon as next week.
The Labour backbencher Chuka
Umunna, one of the leaders of the
campaign to stay in the single market,
hailed the vote as victory for “Labour’s
values”. In a challenge to the party’s
leadership, he added: “Labour’s peers
have indicated the time for constructive ambiguity is over – our members
and our voters will be delighted with
this clear signal that we will not go
along with this Tory Brexit.”
It was the third defeat of the afternoon for the government and an
unexpected triumph for a cross-party
group which included Lord Alli, for
Labour, the Tory peer Lady Verma, and
the cross-bench peer Lord Bilamoria.
Waheed Alli told the Lords that
continued membership of the EEA
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Government concessions
The government lost 13 votes as
the EU withdrawal bill made its
way through the House of Lords.
It has also made some concessions:
• No repeal of the European
Communities Act 1972 until the
government has told parliament
what steps it has taken to negotiate
the UK’s participation in a customs
union with the EU.
• EU law on employment and
equality rights, health and safety
protections, and consumer and
environmental standards will not
be altered by ministerial decree.
• EU charter of fundamental rights
to remain in force, and individuals
to retain rights to challenge
validity of EU law after Brexit.
• Further limits on ministerial
powers to alter EU law incorporated
into UK law, and changes to UK
law in order to comply with
international obligations must be
made through an act of parliament.
• Parliament must approve
the withdrawal agreement and
transitional measures in an act of
parliament, before the European
parliament has debated and voted
on this.
• The Commons (but not the Lords)
has the power to decide the next
steps for the government if the deal
is rejected.
• No secondary legislation
to implement the withdrawal
agreement until a mandate for
negotiations about the UK’s future
relationship with the EU has been
agreed by parliament.
• Cooperation north and south
of the Irish border is protected
after Brexit, preventing the
establishment of new border
arrangements without mutual
agreement.
• Protection of UK membership of
EU agencies such as Euratom.
• Removal of the exit date from the
face of the bill.
• MPs get to vote on continued
membership of the EEA.
Anne Perkins
think that a continuing relationship
with the EU facilitating frictionless
trade is absolutely essential for our
economic interests.”
A third remainer MP said: “The
louder the Brexiters shout, the more
clear it is that they realise they aren’t
going to win this one. May is shifting
our way.”
There was also pressure on the
prime minister to more firmly rebuke
her foreign secretary for his remarks,
with Grieve saying he could not understand why she had not sacked him.
One MP said: “I cannot think of
another occasion when a foreign secretary or any other senior minister has
publicly denounced the prime minister’s policy in this way. It’s in utter
disregard of any rule of collective
responsibility. He’s completely out of
control. There’s nothing May can do
about him.”
The former Tory leader and senior
Brexiter Iain Duncan Smith backed
Johnson. He said: “We were led to
believe last week that that was it – and
they were going with the maximum
facilitation process [involving a technical fix to minimise border checks],
which was also the government’s plan.
But, it turns out over the weekend,
somehow, it [customs partnership]
has been raised from the dead.”
was vital to ensure profitability of the
UK’s export businesses and the jobs
and livelihoods of many thousands of
people. “It is the EEA that deals with
services – services like retail, tourism,
transport, communications, financial
services and aerospace where we have
a £14bn trade surplus. The customs
union only will benefit our European
neighbours in their imports, and without an EEA equivalent it will damage
our profitable export business.”
In a rowdy, sometimes ill-tempered
debate,peers, many of whom had been
debating the EU for the past 30 years,
argued passionately over EEA membership. Peter Mandelson, the former
trade secretary and one-time EU trade
commissioner, said ministers were
perpetrating a “Brexit fraud’ by pretending that migration from the EU
– which would continue under EEA
membership – would end with Brexit.
“The time has come for economic
reality and commonsense to prevail
over wishful thinking and political
dogma,” he said. “This gives us the
opportunity to do the right thing for
the country, and in my view that is
what we have a duty to do.”
The EEA offers most of the benefits of the single market, without being
subject to the European court of justice. It does not cover the common
agriculture or fisheries policies.
Earlier, peers voted to remove the
EU exit date of 29 March 2019 from the
withdrawal bill, warning that it would
be a straitjacket for negotiators.
The Duke of Wellington, who moved
the amendment, said he was not trying
to undermine the result of the referendum. “We should give ministers a bit
more flexibility to secure and obtain
ratification of the best possible deal,
which will do the least damage to the
economy and the national interest.”
The defeats came on the final day
of debate at the report stage of the bill
in the Lords. Peers are due to send it
back to the Commons at the end of the
week, and the government hopes it
will be on the statute book by the end
of May.
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National
13
▼ The actor Cate Blanchett on the
red carpet at the opening gala of
the Cannes film festival yesterday
PHOTOGRAPH: STEPHANE CARDINALE/CORBIS
In brief
Crime
Woman hosed down in
street after ‘acid attack’
Firefighters hosed down a woman
in her 20s after she fell victim to a
suspected acid attack outside a tube
station in south London yesterday,
according to a witness.
The Metropolitan police said
via Twitter that the woman’s
condition was not life changing or
life threatening. “No major burns.
Inquiries continue to trace the single
male suspect,” police said.
Becky Reid, a witness, tweeted:
“Feel physically sick after walking
past a poor innocent person getting
hosed down by firefighters after
being caught in the middle of an
acid fight in Brixton. So scary that
this can happen on our doorstep.”
Police said they had been called
to Brixton Road at 1.45pm. The
London ambulance service said:
“We treated one person and took
them to hospital.” Damien Gayle
Salisbury attack
Skripal house is last site
still being investigated
Equality at Cannes will take
time, Blanchett tells critics
Gwilym Mumford
Cate Blanchett has defended the lack
of female directors at Cannes this year,
arguing that change would come to
the film festival, “but not overnight”.
Speaking at the opening day press
conference for the festival yesterday, the Australian actor pointed to
the female-majority makeup of this
year’s jury – which she heads – and
an increase of women on the event’s
selection board as evidence of Cannes’
commitment to change. But she argued
that the process of selecting films for
the festival should be determined on
merit rather than gender parity.
“There are several women in
competition, and they’re not there
because of their gender, they’re there
because of the quality of their work,
and we’ll be assessing them as filmmakers, as we should be,” she said.
The festival has been criticised in
recent weeks for including only three
films directed by women in its 21-film
official selection lineup. To date, Jane
Campion remains the only female
film-maker to have won the festival’s
top prize, the Palme d’Or.
Blanchett said: “A few years ago
there were only two [female directors
in competition]. The selection committee now has more women on board
than in previous years, which will obviously change the lens through which
the films are chosen. But these things
are not going to happen overnight.
Haunting tales from Japanese
tsunami earn writer Folio prize
Sian Cain
A “harrowing and inspiring” account
of the 2011 tsunami that killed more
than 18,000 people in Japan has won
the Folio prize.
Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts of the
Tsunami took the £20,000 literary
award, ahead of several high-profile
fiction competitors, including Mohsin
Hamid’s Exit West, Jon McGregor’s
Reservoir 13 and Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends.
Ghosts of the Tsunami was one of
three non-fiction books up for the
prize – alongside Richard Beard’s
memoir The Day That Went Missing
and Xiaolu Guo’s Once Upon a Time in
the East. The award only began accepting non-fiction two years ago, as part of
a widening of its remit to reward excellence in forms beyond fiction writing.
“Would I like to see more women in
competition? Absolutely. Do I expect
and hope that that’s going to happen
in the future? I hope so. But we’re dealing with what we have this year, and
our role in the next almost two weeks
is to deal with what is in front of us.”
Blanchett also addressed the
wider movement for gender equality in the film industry, suggesting
that profound change would “take
place through specific actions, not
generalisations, and not through pontification. It’s addressing the gender
gap and it’s addressing the racial diversity, and equality and the way that we
make the work.”
At a press conference on Monday,
the film festival’s director, Thierry
Frémaux, repeated his belief that
As an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Independent and the
Times, Lloyd Parry was living in Tokyo
when the earthquake struck, resulting
in a 120ft-high tsunami hitting northeast Japan and a nuclear meltdown at
the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
He would spend the next six
years documenting the disaster that
knocked the Earth six-and-a-half
inches off its axis and moved Japan
four metres closer to the US, amassing hundreds of firsthand accounts
to reveal the national trauma that
lingered long after the sea retreated.
Delving into Japan’s folklore around
grief and death, Lloyd Parry discovers strange and harrowing stories of
selections should be determined by
artistic merit, but added that the festival would seek to select more films
directed by women in the future, as
well as including more women on its
selection committee.
“The cinema has always been in
the hands of men. There will be more
and more [female filmmakers] in the
future,” he said. “It isn’t just the Cannes
film festival that’s going to change. The
whole world has changed.”
On Saturday, about 100 women will
walk the red carpet together in order
to “affirm their presence”, Frémaux
said. They will include the five female
members of this year’s jury – Blanchett, actors Kristen Stewart and Léa
Seydoux, the director Ava DuVernay
and Burundian musician Khadja Nin.
As well as a perceived gender imbalance in its lineup, Cannes is also having
to reckon with a legacy of Harvey
Weinstein, who was a prominent
attendee at the festival; a number of
the accusations levelled against him
are alleged to have taken place there.
The festival runs until 19 May.
survivors attempting to make sense of
their loss, including those who sought
the help of mediums to try to locate
their loved ones’ remains.
Ghost stories began to take shape
in the Tohoko region, where priests
were repeatedly summoned to quell
unhappy spirits.
“You don’t expect a work of nonfiction to express itself with such literary beauty, but still hold a very
unshaking mirror to real events in the
real world,” said the chair of judges,
the novelist Jim Crace. “It was that
combination of reportage and high
literature that was so impressive ... it
gave me a sense of the universality of
humankind.”
Detectives are continuing to carry
out investigative work on the house
of the former Russian spy Sergei
Skripal more than two months after
the nerve agent attack on him and
his daughter Yulia.
All other sites related to the attack
in Salisbury have been released by
the police for decontamination, a
cabinet meeting was told yesterday.
More than 400 police officers,
including 250 counter-terrorism
specialists, have been involved
in the inquiry into the poisoning,
which took place on 4 March.
Skripal is in hospital after being
exposed to the nerve agent novichok
which was smeared on the doorknob
of his home. His daughter, who
was also exposed to the chemical,
has been treated and released from
hospital. Steven Morris
Health
No evidence cranberry
helps cystitis, GPs told
Doctors should tell patients with
urinary tract infections (UTIs) there
is little evidence cranberry juice will
help, according to draft guidance.
They are also advised to ask about
severity of symptoms and whether
patients have taken painkillers
before they prescribe antibiotics,
amid rising drug resistance.
The proposed guidelines from
the National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence (Nice) on UTIs are
the first to weigh in on the efficacy
of cranberry products as treatment.
Nice says patients with cystitis
should be told there is “no
evidence” for using cranberry
products to treat lower UTIs, while
those with recurrent UTIs should be
told evidence is “inconclusive”. PA
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Immigration
Home Office told of errors
over Windrush residents
five years ago, experts say
Amelia Gentleman
The Home Office was repeatedly
warned that Windrush generation residents had been wrongly classified as
being in the country illegally as long
ago as 2013, according to immigration
advice experts.
After Capita was awarded a Home
Office contract in 2012 to help target about 174,000 migrants who
had overstayed their visas, pro bono
legal advisers said they began to be
contacted by older, Caribbean-born
individuals concerned that they were
receiving text messages and letters
advising them to leave the country.
The advisers contacted the Home
Office to tell them this group had been
wrongly targeted.
The detail about the warnings given
to the Home Office undermines the
credibility of briefings the department gave to the media last month,
claiming that until mid-April this year
officials had been convinced that only
a handful of people were affected by
the Windrush scandal.
The fact that a number of people
were wrongly included in the database was widely reported at the time
(and Capita blamed out-of-date Home
Office records for the errors). But this
week the chief executive of a large law
centre said his staff quickly became
aware that people who would now
be recognised as Windrush residents
were being wrongly targeted, and
stated that they made Home Office
staff aware of their concerns.
Caseworkers at the Refugee and
Migrant Centre (RMC), in Wolverhampton, said they saw hundreds of
Home Office
Call for end to
‘computer says
no’ culture
Heather Stewart
Political editor
The immigration minister, Caroline
Nokes, has said she wants to
o change
the “computer says no” culture
ure of the
Home Office, after being confronted
nfronted
with evidence that up to 1,000
00 skilled
rted after
immigrants face being deported
rms.
making errors on their tax forms.
Giving evidence to MPss on the
cross-party home affairs select
ect committee, Nokes was asked about
out cases
reported in the Guardian in which
hich individuals have been put at risk of losing
their indefinite leave to remain
ain (ILR)
because of mistakes uncovered
vered by
HM Revenue & Customs.
cases of individuals who had wrongly
received Capita letters. About half of
those letters were sent to people who
already had leave to remain, or who
were in the process of regularising
their immigration status.
Arten Llazari, chief executive of the
RMC, said: “The Capita 2012 contract
effectively outsourced part of the creation of the hostile environment to the
private sector. In the process many vulnerable citizens, mostly of Caribbean
descent, were harassed and repeatedly
threatened with deportation.
“Charities and concerned MPs have
been highlighting what is now known
as the Windrush scandal to the Home
Office since at least 2013 to no avail.”
He said caseworkers were contacted in large numbers from 2013
onwards by older West Indian people
who were “extremely baffled” to have
received the texts and letters. Apart
from repeatedly informing the Home
Office of the mistakes, caseworkers
also alerted local MPs, who contacted
the Home Office, Llazari said.
Sometimes when caseworkers
contacted Capita, they were told the
letter had been sent by mistake and
the individual should ignore it. The
outsourcing of the contract made the
complaints process more complicated,
but staff said they registered concerns
both with Capita and the Home Office.
Caseworkers concluded that
‘It caused anxiety and
confusion for people
who were sent letters’
Daniel Ashwell
Migrant caseworker
The Labour MP John Woodcock
said: “You must be horrified that
people are being detained and facing
removal for often minor discrepancies in their tax submissions, for which
HMRC are not seeking enforcement
action.”
Nokes said: “I’m always concerned,
particularly when it is people who
have been contributing to this country,
whether economically, or culturally,
to our communities, as part of our
communities, when we are not about
performing to the best of our ability
ability”..
She repeatedly called for a “culture
Caroline Nokes,
the immigration
minister
because so many of those who received
letters were entitled to stay in the UK,
there was a scattergun approach to
communications.
Daniel Ashwell, a senior RMC caseworker, said: “It was the cause of quite
a deal of anxiety and confusion for
people who were wrongly sent letters.
It was also not a particularly effective process in our experience, given
the number of people who wrongly
received the letters.”
Sue Lukes, an independent immigration specialist who trains housing
providers and local authorities, said
London councils would have repeatedly alerted the Home Office to their
concerns about the impact of hostile
environment policies on Windrushgeneration people from 2013 onwards.
“In terms of numbers, the Home
Office must have known there were
certainly not seven or eight [people
affected]. Local authorities would
have contacted them about many
more than that. Most London councils, for example, would have seen at
least three or four a year for the last few
years,” she said. “I was often told that
the response from the Home Office was
that they ‘had no record’ of this person, which caused problems because
councils then sometimes [wrongly]
refused them housing services.”
Capita referred a request for comment to the Home Office, adding that
it had not held the contract since 2016.
The BBC reported that in April 2016,
the then foreign secretary, Philip
Hammond, was told by Caribbean governments about immigrants wrongly
facing deportation. The broadcaster
said a report about its concerns was
passed to the Home Office, led at the
time by Theresa May.
change” in the Home Office. “It’s not
about using rules to have a ‘computer
says no’ mentality,” she said.
Pressed on whether she was minded
to review the cases, she said: “Yes, but
I have to accept that this is a department that has an enormous workload,
and my No 1 priority at the moment
has been both on Windrush cases,
and people impacted by that, and also
going forward why other cohorts of
people might be similarly affected.”
Nokes also told MPs that Home
Office officials
ci were combing the casefiles of 8,000
8,0
immigrants removed
from Britain
Britai since 2002, to establish
whether any
an have been caught up in
the Windrush
Windru scandal. This is a separate piece of work from the internal
inquiry into the Windrush errors which
was announ
announced by Amber Rudd’s successor, Saji
Sajid Javid, last week.
MPs were
wer grilling Nokes and two
senior Hom
Home Office officials. Earlier
in the same hearing, the top civil servant at the H
Home Office announced an
inquiry into the advice given to Rudd
“before, du
during and after” the select
committee hearing that ultimately led
to her resig
resignation.
‘A great loss’ Woman told to
leave over rectified tax error
Amelia Hill
A former inspector for a health and
social care regulator is facing deportation over a minor tax amendment
which the Home Office says has made
her a risk to national security.
Vee Matu is one of at least 1,000
highly skilled migrants seeking indefinite leave to remain (ILR) who are
facing deportation because of the
application of the controversial section 322(5) of the Immigration Act.
The section is designed to tackle
criminals and those judged to be a
threat to national security, but highly
skilled workers are being refused ILR
after being accused of making minor
and legal amendments to their tax
records, or having discrepancies in
declared income.
Matu, not her real name, has not
slept in her bed since 19 April, when
the Home Office said it would deport
her. “The stories I hear about when the
enforcement teams come are too terrifying. I don’t want to be dragged out of
my house from my bed in the middle
of the night,” she said. “So I sit, fully
dressed in the lounge all night. I have
a bag packed and I sit, waiting for the
knock on the door.”
Matu arrived from Zimbabwe in
2007, aged 35, after winn ing a British
Council Chevening scholarship,
sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to study for an MSc
in corporate governance and business
ethics at Birkbeck College in London.
In the 11 years that Matu has lived
in the UK with her children, aged 12,
16 and 23, she has paid £27,315 in visa
costs and legal fees in efforts to regularise her status. To fund those costs,
while bringing up her children as a single mother without recourse to public
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▼ Hundreds gather outside the Home
Office in a Windrush solidarity protest
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SHUTTERSTOCK
Amnesty blames Cameron
for ‘racialised’ war on gangs
Vikram Dodd
Police and crime correspondent
The Conservatives under David Cameron triggered a “racialised” war on
gangs which has stigmatised black
youngsters and left Britain breaking
its human rights obligations, Amnesty
International has said.
The human rights group has issued
a report about a list of London gang
suspects kept by the Metropolitan
police, called the “gang violence
matrix”. Amnesty said the matrix was
a violation of the human rights of the
predominantly black youngsters on it.
The matrix is used by the Met to
identify those in gangs, and the force
says it helps to thwart violence. Police
in Manchester and the West Midlands
are understood to use similar lists.
But Amnesty said the tactic missed
the causes of rising street violence.
In a rare intervention into the way
the British state wields its power,
Amnesty said the matrix stemmed
from the Conservative-led government’s response to the 2011 riots: “In
the immediate days after the riots,
then prime minister David Cameron
promised a ‘concerted, all-out war on
gangs and gang culture’ and within six
months both the Home Office and the
mayor’s office [under Boris Johnson]
had announced flagship new anti-gang
strategies, the report said.
Of the 3,806 people on the matrix,
78% are black and 9% from other ethnic minorities. This compares with
Met figures stating that 27% of those
behind violence in London are black.
Amnesty claimed the Met was
Richard expects
at least £560,000
from the BBC
funds, she has never worked fewer
than two jobs.
Until her right to work was removed
last month, Matu worked for a health
and social care regulator as an inspector. Her manager told the Home Office,
in a character reference seen by the
Guardian, that it would be a “great
loss” to their organisation if someone
with her exemplary “attitude and commitment to her role were to leave”.
Matu has been a governor and volunteer at an inner London school for
nine years, sitting on three committees. She has run three marathons
for charity, volunteers with Crisis at
Christmas, makes regular donations
in support of London school development campaigns, has helped to set up
the Arthritis Care Africa Foundation
and regularly attends her local church.
Through what she describes as
sheer hard work and determination,
Matu had saved enough money by 2012
to buy a house in London.
Her time here hasn’t been easy. In
2010, she was raped. She reported
the incident but did not press formal
charges for fear she would lose her
job. Other victims of her aggressor
did press charges, however. In 2010,
he was sentenced to 15 years for multiple charges of rape.
It was during this period that Matu
made the mistake in her tax return. “It
was my fault,” she admitted. “I made a
mistake on my tax return because I had
so many pressures in my life.”
She did not realise the mistake until
2016, when she was preparing to apply
for ILR. “HMRC accepted my amended
tax returns and I paid the outstanding
taxes of £3,315 including interest, but
no fines. There was no criminal case
ever raised against me by the HMRC,
‘I don’t want to be
dragged from my
bed in the middle
of the night. So I sit,
fully dressed in the
lounge all night’
Vee Matu
Resident for 11 years
nor was I subject to an investigation
or blacklisting,” she said.
A few months later, Matu applied for
ILR as a highly skilled migrant. After
19 months, the Home Office rejected
her application, highlighting her tax
amendment and citing section 322(5).
“Without explanation, the letter
tells me my character is so undesirable that it puts me in the same category
as criminals or terrorists who have to
be deported for their crimes,” she said.
Matu submitted a request for an
administrative review, which was
rejected on 18 April in a letter giving
her seven days to leave the UK, or she
would be detained or deported.
Matu has spent all her savings on
legal advice and has lost her right to
work, so is struggling to afford further
legal representation, as well as pay her
mortgage and bills. With the help of
friends and her community, Matu submitted a pre-action protocol letter to
the Home Office on 3 May, saying that,
unless it reconsidered its decision in
favour of her application in the next
14 days, she will seek a judicial review.
She does not, however, know how she
will pay for it.
Jim Waterson
Media editor
Cliff Richard is seeking a payment of at
least £560,000 from the BBC following
the broadcaster’s coverage of a police
raid at his home in 2014.
Justin Rushbrooke QC, representing
Richard, told the high court in a closing statement that the 77-year-old had
sustained “possibly permanent damage to his self-esteem” as a result of
the BBC’s coverage of the raid, linked
to investigation of a sexual assault allegation. Richard was left with no option
but to seek substantial damages.
“The psychological damage, not
forgetting the reputational damage,
was indisputably immense,” he said.
Richard was never arrested and no
charges were brought in the case.
Rushbrooke said Richard would
be seeking between £175,000 and
£250,000 in damages from the BBC.
The singer has previously said he
would also claim £278,000 in legal
costs, £108,000 for PR fees, and an
undisclosed amount in relation to a
book deal that collapsed when the
sometimes putting people on the
matrix because they mistake culture
– such as the music they listen to – for
criminality. Furthermore, it claimed
that officers were monitoring social
media platforms to gather intelligence
from suspects without a warrant.
Kate Allen, Amnesty International
UK director, said: “The entire system
is racially discriminatory, stigmatising young black men for the type of
music they listen to or their social
media behaviour, and perpetuating
racial bias with potential impacts in
all sorts of areas of their lives.
“Some police officers have been
acting like they’re in the wild west,
making the false assumptions that
they can set up fake profiles and covertly befriend people online to monitor
them without needing the appropriate
search warrants. The mayor of London
needs to dismantle the matrix unless
he can bring it in line with international human rights standards.”
The Guardian first reported in 2016
on concerns that the matrix was overly
targeting black youths.
The information commissioner is
already investigating the matrix for
any breaches of data laws.
Labour MP David Lammy said:
“Why are young black men from the
same neighbourhood automatically
slapped with the ‘gang’ label whereas
the Bullingdon Club are not a gang?”
The Met said: “The style of music
that someone listens to has no bearing on whether someone is placed on
the matrix. However, evidence that
someone is glorifying gang violence in
a music video posted on social media
can be used as an intelligence source.”
accusation was made public. These
figures did not include costs of bringing the court case. Richard has said he
has spent £3.4m on the case.
Rushbrooke said without the BBC
camera crews and use of a helicopter to film the raid, it was “quite clear
this was an event which could have
easily gone unremarked”. His client
deserved substantial compensation
because of the “excessive” coverage
that followed. “In pretty much every
nook and cranny of the English speaking world the fact, the details, and the
intrusive video footage found their
way into the public domain.”
Gavin Millar QC, for the BBC, insisted
it had acted responsibly, presenting
only the most basic facts/images of the
investigation and the search. “Sir Cliff
might have hoped not to be identified.
But looked at objectively, he could not
really expect to be anonymised.”
The case continues.
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permanent damage to his self-esteem’
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Nine officers
investigated
over death of
man who was
restrained
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National
Haroon Siddique
Nine Metropolitan police officers
are under investigation in connection with the death of a man with
mental health problems after he was
restrained by police.
Kevin Clarke, 35, was pronounced
dead at Lewisham hospital in south
London on 9 March after being
restrained in the grounds of St Dunstan’s College in Lewisham.
A postmortem was carried out on
20 March but the cause of Clarke’s
death remains under investigation, the
Independent Office for Police Conduct
(IOPC) said.
The police watchdog said yesterday
that its investigation was making good
progress and that it had informed nine
officers who attended the incident that
their conduct was under investigation.
Jonathan Green, the IOPC’s regional
director, said: “We have established
that the decisions made and actions
taken to restrain Mr Clarke may be in
breach of police professional standards
and may amount to gross misconduct.
This position will be kept under review
as the investigation develops and it
is important to stress that this does
not necessarily mean that misconduct
proceedings will follow.”
Officers have told the IOPC that
Clarke appeared to be having a mental
health crisis. They said they called
the London ambulance service and
restrained him.
The IOPC has established there is
no CCTV footage of the area where the
incident occurred but said that most
of the officers involved had activated
their body-worn video cameras. The
film from those cameras has been analysed by IOPC investigators, it said.
Clarke’s family have described him
as a gifted footballer who coached
young people, and a much-loved
member of the community who had
gone through “difficult times”.
In a statement, the family said they
were “shocked to the core to learn the
police felt it necessary to use the force
of nine officers to restrain one unwell
man”. They welcomed the prospect
of charges and expressed hoped the
IOPC investigation would change the
way officers treat vulnerable people.
Sketch
John Crace
So what if Russia’s hooligans eat
nails for breakfast? Ours can play
the Great Escape on the trumpet
H
ow things change.
Time was when
the name “England
football supporter”
meant something.
Someone who could
get completely drunk in a foreign
city centre by lunchtime and then
spend the afternoon throwing up
into a fountain. Someone who could
play the opening bars of “The Great
Escape” theme tune on a trumpet
for hours. Someone who could
terrify the locals wherever he went.
Someone who would rip the seat
out of any stadium and would need
a police escort back to the airport.
Someone of whom the whole
country could be proud.
Now, though, we’re in danger of
being outclassed by the Russians,
whose supporters included
attempted murder on their CVs
during the near riot after the
England v Russia game in Marseille
at the 2016 Euros. The persecutors,
who for decades had struck terror
wherever they had gone, have
become the victims, and the foreign
affairs select committee was keen
to make sure any English football
supporters would be safe during the
imminent World Cup in Russia.
Labour’s Chris Bryant was
quick to point out he was acting
purely altruistically in this matter
as the Welsh had wisely decided
not to bother with the World Cup
by getting knocked out in the
qualifying stages. What steps had
been taken to ensure the welfare of
England fans abroad?
“We’ve had reassurances from
Russia,” said Robert Sullivan of the
FA. Deputy chief constable Mark
Roberts, who is in charge of policing
the event, agreed. Reassurances had
been given. Though there might
be one or two recognisable threats,
there were none he and the wellprepared England fan couldn’t cope
with. We might be outnumbered,
but we weren’t push-overs.
Remember the Battle of Britain?
Bryant wondered whether they
weren’t being a wee bit complacent,
given both the rising tensions
between Russia and Britain and that
Vladimir Putin had incited Russian
hooligans to get stuck in as a matter
of national pride. Not at all, insisted
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the
Football Supporters’ Federation.
There had been dire warnings of
supporters getting topped in the
townships of South Africa in 2010
and in the favelas of Brazil in 2014
and everything had turned out OK.
Yes, the Russians had their
foibles. Their police liked dressing
up as paramilitaries and weren’t
all that bothered about taking out
innocent people, and their hooligans
were sometimes a bit enthusiastic
in their use of knives and iron bars,
but they basically all had a heart of
gold. And in any case, the Russians
were keen to put on a good show
and it was more likely that the
Russian police and hooligans would
be fighting among themselves than
with English supporters.
“We can’t promise it will be OK,”
said Miles eventually. But it was best
to give everyone the benefit of the
doubt. Besides, he had it on good
authority that most England fans
were more interested in going to the
Hermitage and catching a night at
the ballet than actually going to a
football match.
Bryant wondered how LGBT
people should prepare. Was it safe
for them to share a hotel bedroom or
to wave the rainbow flag?
“It’s probably best to err on the
side of caution,” Miles said.
“What is erring on the side of
caution?” asked the committee’s
chair, Tom Tugendhat, quick to spot
any sign of weakness.
“Um. Er.” Miles gasped. “We don’t
want to be too prescriptive in our
advice because it’s sod’s law …” His
voice tailed off as everyone realised
that last sentence could have been
better phrased.
Tugendhat ended by asking what
venue preparations had been made
for England reaching the knock-out
stages of the competition. Sullivan,
Miles and Roberts turned to one
another in disbelief. What kind of
idiot question was that?
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At least 26 years’ jail
for man who let son
take blame for killing
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
A father who put pressure on his
14-year-old son to take the blame for
a murder he committed has been jailed
for at least 26 years.
Matthew Moseley, 50, shot dead
Lee Holt, 32, before handing the
semi-automatic shotgun to his son,
Thomas, and told him to make a
false confession.
Moseley stayed silent as the teenager was arrested and led away in
handcuffs from their home near
Accrington, Lancashire, last October.
The teenager later changed his account
and told police his father fired the shot.
Moseley, a keen clay pigeon shooter,
who lawfully kept 23 guns at his home,
maintained his innocence but was
found guilty of murder by a jury at
Preston crown court last week. Yesterday he was jailed for life and ordered
to serve a minimum term of 26 years.
The shooting on Moseley’s doorstep in Oswaldtwistle was the result
of a dispute between Thomas and
Holt’s partner’s 15-year-old son, the
trial heard.
Holt and his partner, Kate Phelan,
34, were seen banging on the front windows and door of Moseley’s home to
sort out the dispute as her son, Wesley
Metcalfe, looked on.
Thomas told police he saw his father
bend down by his gun cabinet, load a
Too hot to bear? Cooler weather
and rain call time on warm spell
Haroon Siddique
In disappointing news for those who
hoped summer had come early, the
sunny spell that brought the hottest
early May bank holiday weekend on
record will come to an end today.
Forecasters are predicting that after
another day of unseasonably warm
weather yesterday, with temperatures
reaching the mid to high 20s in and
around London, the south-east and
East Anglia, they will return to levels
more typical for May.
Sophie Yeomans, a meteorologist
at the Met Office, said: “I’d expect the
warmest place [today] to be in southeast England, reaching 22C or maybe
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semi-automatic Beretta and shoot Holt
as the front door opened.
Holt was taken to hospital but died
hours later from a single gunshot
wound to the chest.
Moseley, a tree surgeon, maintained
during the trial that it was his son who
pulled the trigger despite being covertly recorded pressing Thomas to take
the blame. In a recording taken of the
father and son as they were driven to
court, Moseley was heard to say: “At
the end of the day, Thomas, they have
come down the drive. They were going
to kill you … it was just a freak accident.
You did what you did.”
Asked during the trial what he
was referring to, Moseley said: “He
▲ Matthew Moseley told his son,
aged 14, to make a false confession
23C. It will be more like 15C or 16C on
Thursday and similar for Friday and
Saturday.” If 22C does not sound too
bad, Yeomans said the picture would
be chillier in other areas, particularly
in the west of the UK. She said a band
of rain would be pushing into western parts with possible heavy bursts in
Northern Ireland and Scotland tomorrow morning.
It will be a far cry from the sweltering bank holiday weekend, when a
high of 28.7C was reached in Northolt,
west London, on Monday afternoon,
making it the hottest early May bank
holiday weekend, since records began.
defended himself basically.” In the
same recorded conversation, Moseley
later says: “Come here, I will sort it.
If I have to take the blame then they
will let you out tonight.” Asked what
he meant by that, Moseley said: “He
did not deserve to be there because he
has put up with enough … bullying. He
defended himself. It was an accident.”
DCI Jill Johnston, of Lancashire
p olice, said Moseley had shown
no remorse for his actions and had
allowed his own son “to go through
the ordeal of being arrested and questioned by the police, for something
which all along he knew he had done”.
She added: “If that wasn’t wicked
enough, he then also pressurised the
boy to take responsibility for a crime he
hadn’t committed and told the court
during the trial that he was innocent
and the boy had fired the fatal shot.”
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Bryan
told the defendant: “How any father
could do that to their son is difficult
enough to comprehend but what is
truly incomprehensible is the cynical
way in which you sought to manipulate, and pressurise, your son into
accepting responsibility for the shooting and death of Lee Holt.”
▲ A pair of brown bears cool down
with a playful water fight yesterday
at Whipsnade zoo. Temperatures
across the UK will drop from today
PHOTOGRAPH: TONY MARGIOCCHI/BARCROFT
Sun worshippers flocked to beaches
and parks, while supermarkets said
sales of ice-cream, rosé wine and barbecue staples soared.
The long-term average temperature
in May, based on figures from 1981 to
2010, is 10.4C, according to the Met
Office. Last year the mean May temperature was 12.1C, the second warmest
May (behind 2008) since 1910.
Courier firm
raises pay and
scraps fines
for drivers
Robert Booth
Self-employed couriers working for
DPD, the gig-economy delivery company, will receive a minimum wage of
at least £8.75 an hour, as part of reforms
following the death of a self-employed
driver who missed hospital appointments because of the need to keep
working or be fined.
The proposal is thought to be the
first of its kind by a large company
using self-employed gig workers in
a system that transferred most of
the risk of achieving steady earnings to workers who were paid per
delivery. The minimum rate will be
£10.20 an hour in London and each
self-employed driver will have their
earnings and hours assessed quarterly
by independent auditors.
DPD claims it is setting “a benchmark for the industry”. Other courier
and transport companies, including
Hermes, Deliveroo and Uber rely on
self-employed workers whose takehome pay depends on the number of
jobs they do in a day. Investigations
have suggested that some people
working in this way earn well below
the national minimum wage.
DPD delivers for Marks and Spencer and John Lewis, which had both
voiced concern over its use of labour
after Lane’s death was reported by
the Guardian. The delivery company
confirmed it was scrapping £150 a day
charges for drivers who missed work
without finding a replacement.
Don Lane, 53, collapsed and died
in January after he missed hospital
appointments to treat his diabetes,
having been fined £150 when he did
go to hospital.
His death sparked anger in the
House of Commons when it was raised.
Labour described it as “heartbreaking”
and the business secretary, Greg Clark,
labelled it “a terrible tragedy”.
DPD’s move came as the Resolution
Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission reported that the growth in
self-employed work had underpinned
weak earnings growth, particularly
among millennials. It found the proportion of young people without
degrees who were in self-employment
had risen sharply and accounted for
15% of working 35-year-olds.
There are an estimated 1.1 million
people working in the gig economy
in the UK and there has been a string
of employment tribunal cases in
which gig workers – including people
employed by Uber and CitySprint –
have successfully claimed that they
were not self-employed and should
be treated as workers with rights
including the minimum wage and
holiday pay.
£150
Amount that DPD used to fine
drivers who missed a day without
finding someone else to do their job
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Labour sacks
frontbencher
Abrahams
over bullying
allegations
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National
Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
The Labour frontbencher Debbie
Abrahams has been sacked from the
shadow cabinet after an investigation
into workplace bullying.
The shadow work and pensions secretary, who had been suspended, has
now been referred to Labour NEC’s disputes committee over the allegations.
A spokesman said: “After a thorough
party investigation into allegations of
workplace bullying, Debbie Abrahams
has been referred to the NEC disputes
committee. She has been relieved of
her post as shadow work and pensions
secretary.”
The Guardian understands that
multiple complainants came forward, supported by witnesses, and
that the investigation found the MP
had engaged in a pattern of bullying
behaviour towards her staff.
Abrahams, who held the work
and pensions role since 2016, has
strongly denied the claims. The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP said
at the time of her suspension that she
had experienced “aggressive, intimidating and wholly unprofessional”
behaviour from “certain individuals” in party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s
office. She said she would make a formal complaint to the party and the
parliamentary authorities.
Yesterday she said: “I strongly
refute the allegations of bullying made
against me. I believe the investigation
was not thorough, fair or independent.
“I will continue to represent the
people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, and to hold this government
to account, from the back benches.”
Labour backbencher John Woodcock was suspended from the party
last week over alleged sexual harassment claims, which he denies.
The Barrow MP, a fierce critic of Corbyn, has also questioned the “integrity
of the process” that led to the charges
against him being made public during
a “politically charged time”.
Fellow MPs Kelvin Hopkins and
Ivan Lewis have also had the whip
withdrawn in recent months pending investigations into alleged sexual
misconduct, while Jared O’Mara was
suspended over offensive blogposts.
Music review
Poignant night shows
this levee’s not dry
Don McLean
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
★★★☆☆
Dave Simpson
O
n 3 February 1959 a
plane crash near Clear
Lake, Iowa, took the
lives of Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens and
the Big Bopper. “The
day the music died” inspired Don
McLean’s signature hit American
Pie, an eight-and-a-half minute,
800-word lament for rock’n’roll and
a farewell to the 1960s that, along
the way, referenced everything from
Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger to Janis
Joplin to the killing of Meredith
Hunter at the 1969 Altamont
concert. McLean’s best-known song
has become annoyingly ubiquitous
for some, but if he’s done a concert
since without playing it, it isn’t going
to be this one. “I may get lost in my
reverie, but I will keep my statutory
responsibilities,” he says, prompting
knowing waves of applause.
The singer-songwriter is 72 and
his tenor has lowered an octave
and has a slightly shouty timbre in
the upbeat moments, but he has
the energy for a two-hour show in
which his hero Holly’s Everyday still
features. McLean introduces And I
Love You So – another of his great,
early songs that have given him a
long career – with a story about how,
g 25,
5, he was so angry
g y when his
aged
‘I don’t understand who
Kanye West is …’
first album, Tapestry, was rejected
“by 20 record companies” that he
threw the tapes out in the snow.
“And here we are, 47 years later.”
Hearing him singing his young self’s
thoughts is undeniably moving.
He has had a tough time lately.
The breakdown of his 30-year
marriage led to a widely reported
incident where his wife called the
police and took out a restraining
order, but then in his defence
informed the media that “Don is
not a monster”. He always was an
emotional character, and McLean’s
best work is deeply sentimental
without quite becoming mawkish.
Winterwood – about appreciating
nature and a former partner after a
break-up – is one such song. 1971’s
Crossroads – a man’s humbling
admission of his flaws – is another,
and he touches an eye during the
line: “That was never our defeat, as
long as we could walk together.”
The mood lightens with quips
(“I hope I don’t have an aneurysm
up here”) and a stream of country
rockers. The Lucky Guy comes from
his new album, Botanical Gardens,
and McLean has barely changed
musically since the American Pie
album, a classic of its times. “I
mix popular song with rock’n’roll
and folk. I don’t understand who
Kanye West is,” he explains, adding,
a trifle unnecessarily, “all ego and
no talent”. There are cheers when
he says: “That goes a long way – ask
our president. Only kidding.”
Ray Charles’s bluesy I’m Gonna
Move to the Outskirts of Town
gets toes tapping, and Johnny
Horton’s Got the Bull by the Horns
is rendered Jerry Lee Lewis style,
but there are too many sedately
paced rock’n’roll-era covers. Still,
McLean’s own Castles in the Air
is lovely, and hearing him sing
Vincent – his youthful eulogy to
Van Gogh – is magical, a bucket-list
moment. No one minds too much
that in American Pie he is all but
drowned out by the band in places.
It turns into a sing-song marathon,
and one chap is escorted away after
simulating the act of prayer at the
singer’s feet.
At the Palladium, London, tonight.
Then touring.
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▼ Put Out More Flags, 1992, etching
with aquatint, hand coloured by
Jack Shirreff. Below right: Swimming,
2011, acrylic on foam board
Paper view
Blazingly colourful prints
by Howard Hodgkin, some
combining layers of different
techniques with hand
colouring, will go on brief
display this summer before
being auctioned to help create
a new museum collection of
the late artist’s work.
The prints, which will be
at Sotheby’s in London from
8 June, go on sale on 12 June,
and will include some recently
rediscovered prints that had
been in storage for decades.
All are the artist’s own
proofs of illustrations; stage,
ballet and costume designs;
and commissions including
his swimming poster for the
London 2012 Olympics.
Hodgkin died last year,
aged 84. His partner, Antony
Peattie, a music writer, said
the sale would allow him to
put together a collection of
the graphic work, destined
for a museum, and create
a definitive annotated
catalogue of the prints.
Cigarette,
2000-02, with
hand colouring
by Shirreff
Backcloth
design for Gustav
Holst’s opera
Savitri, 1999,
acrylic on card
Alexander quits as MP to
be London deputy mayor
Jessica Elgot
Political correspondent
The Labour MP Heidi Alexander is to
quit the House of Commons to be Sadiq
Khan’s deputy mayor for transport,
setting in motion what could be a fierce
battle to be the party’s candidate in her
safe south London seat.
Alexander, the former shadow
health secretary, who quit Jeremy
Corbyn’s frontbench during a string
of resignations over his leadership
in 2016, will replace the long-serving
deputy mayor, Val Shawcross, when
she retires in the summer.
The move, revealed by the Guardian last month, was confirmed by City
Hall yesterday. It said Alexander was
respected across the political spectrum. She was Khan’s campaign chair
during his bid to become London mayoral candidate and the move will be a
boost for him before his reselection
this summer.
Alexander, who was elected as MP
for Lewisham East in 2010, having
previously been deputy mayor of Lewisham, said Shawcross was a hard act
to follow. “London is a fantastic city.
I know Sadiq wants its transport system to be the envy of the world and I
am looking forward to playing my part
in making that happen.”
City Hall said it was not legally possible for Alexander to be both deputy
mayor and an MP, so she would leave
parliament before taking up her post.
This will prompt a summer byelection
in her constituency, where she has a
majority of 21,000.
Corbyn thanked Alexander for her
work as an MP, saying she would “put
her talents and knowledge to great use
for the people of London”.
Alexander has been an outspoken anti-Brexit campaigner on the
backbenches, co-chairing the Labour
campaign for the single market, aimed
at shifting the party leadership’s position on the issue.
There is likely to be a battle for the
candidacy in the seat between proCorbyn Momentum activists, trade
unionists and Labour centrists, who
control the local party’s executive.
Lewisham Momentum is rife with
internal divisions.
However, Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) will draw up the
shortlist for the first byelection since
Jennie Formby took over as general
secretary, and local members sympathetic to Alexander fear it will be
dominated by leftist candidates.
A local party insider said: “It’s the
polar opposite – who the constituency
will want, and who the NEC will want.”
Labour sources suggest several
leftwing names were in the frame,
including the Lewisham councillor
Sakina Sheikh, the GMB organiser
Nadine Houghton, and Claudia Webbe,
the former chair of the Metropolitan
police’s Operation Trident and now a
Labour NEC member.
Sheikh, who only won her Perry
Vale council seat last week, formally
announced her bid for the candidacy
less than an hour after Alexander
declared she would stand down.
She said it was important the seat
had ethnic minority representation
and emphasised her support for Corbyn, saying she backed a Labour party
that stuck to its principles, opposed
neoliberalism, and utilised the knowledge and experience of its members.
The Guardian understands several Lewisham councillors are likely
to put their names forward, including Joe Dromey and Kevin Bonavia.
Dromey is the son of the Labour MPs
Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey. Bonavia has been a councillor since 2010.
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PM sworn in after
weeks of protest
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Koala caper
Blockbuster tale of a
Hollywood jockstrap
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Five women
in frame
to become
Italian PM
Angela Giuffrida
Five women are among the names
being floated to lead a transitional
government in Italy in what some
speculate could be President Sergio
Mattarella’s attempt to break with tradition while the country’s politics are
mired in stalemate.
Mattarella is seeking a neutral
government after parties failed to
establish a working coalition during a
last-ditch attempt on Monday to end
the political deadlock that resulted
from elections on 4 March.
The 76-year-old is expected to name
a prime minister today to deal with
matters such as approving the 2019
budget before fresh elections are held
at the end of the year.
Names mentioned in the Italian
media on Tuesday included Elisabetta Belloni, the foreign ministry’s
secretary-general, and Marta Cartabia,
the deputy head of the constitutional
court. There is also speculation that
Lucrezia Reichlin, an economist, Anna
Maria Tarantola, a former director of
the Bank of Italy and ex-president
of the national broadcaster, Rai, and
Fabiola Gianotti, the director of the
European Organisation for Nuclear
Research (Cern), are in the running.
“[Nominating a woman] could
really be a window of opportunity for
[Mattarella] to try to change some traditions and conventions during a really
extraordinary moment in Italian politics,” said Massimiliano Panarari, a
politics professor at Luiss University
in Rome. “It is a way to appeal to public opinion – the majority of the Italian
population is female, but until now
this hasn’t corresponded with representation in the political system.”
The nominee will need to face a parliamentary vote of confidence; if this
fails, parliament will be dissolved,
with elections to follow.
M5S, which emerged as the biggest
single party, and the far-right League
are calling for elections – a nightmare,
according to Catia Polidori, a parliamentarian with Silvio Berlusconi’s
Forza Italia: “People won’t vote, they’ll
be at the beach.”
▲ Elisabetta Belloni, head of the
foreign ministry, is one possible PM
Paris calls on Macron to act
over squalid migrant camps
President urged to provide
shelter for thousands living
in ‘catastrophic’ conditions
Angelique Chrisafis
Paris
Paris city politicians have called on
Emmanuel Macron’s government to
provide shelter for more than 2,000
migrants and refugees sleeping rough
in camps under bridges and by canals
in the north of the French capital.
Aid groups have warned of “catastrophic sanitary conditions”. One
camp of hundreds of tents, squeezed
under a motorway bridge by the Canal
Saint-Denis near Porte de la Villette, is
currently home to about 1,600 people,
making it one of the biggest makeshift
migrant settlements in France.
Men, and some women, live on a
pavement with no proper sanitation.
Hundreds began gathering there at the
beginning of the year, and numbers
have been growing in recent months.
But there is only one recently installed
water point, no showers and less than
a dozen temporary toilets.
Charities said people traffickers
were targeting the camp, where some
migrants and refugees were still considering trying to cross the Channel to
England. People sleeping rough there
feared theft and violence.
The French human rights ombudsman, Jacques Toubon, has denounced
living conditions at the northern Paris
camps as an “unacceptable” denial
of fundamental rights. The Socialist
mayor of Paris’s 19th arrondissement
warned of a “humanitarian disaster”,
and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris,
urged the government to provide shelter and fix an “inhuman” situation.
The Paris area prefect’s office has
said plans are being considered to
evacuate the camp this month, which
would involve bussing people to temporary accommodation. There have
been more than 30 police evacuations
of migrant camps in Paris since 2015.
At the biggest Paris camp beside the
Canal Saint-Denis, men and women
crowded around the taps at the only
water point. Some spoke of physical
and mental exhaustion and of living
outside in the cold. Eighteen-yearold Habib (not his real name) had
fled Sudan. He had been in Calais and
Le Havre, hoping to reach England.
“From Calais it was impossible – the
police were targeting us,” he said. So
he came to Paris two months ago.
Some days he found food, others
not. He said he couldn’t sleep at night
because of mental health problems
haunting him from Sudan, the trauma
of fleeing his home and the insecurity here. He had travelled through
Libya, where he was stuck for a year in
“brutal” conditions, with “mafia stealing our money” before a boat journey
to Italy. “I just want to study, to find a
life. I don’t know what to do. There’s no
school, no food, no bed, no papers.” He
still wanted to get to England.
A 21-year-old from Senegal said:
“There’s no real shelter. Rain leaks in
and soaks you. No one sleeps properly.
But where else can people go?”
Young children and women at the
camp tend to be moved to emergency
accommodation by Paris authorities,
but local politicians have demanded
▲ Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of
Paris, visits a camp on the Canal
Saint-Denis. She urged the French
government to fix an ‘inhuman’
situation PHOTOGRAPH: JULIEN DE ROSA/EPA
that the government provide shelter
to all rough sleepers here and at two
other areas in northern Paris.
Louis Barda, Paris coordinater
for the French medical aid group
Médecins du Monde, said of the Canal
Saint-Denis camp: “It has become a
point of transit, with some people
dropped off by traffickers. You can
see people arriving with bags: some
come to ask us what country they are
in.” Health problems, he said, were a
result of the “catastrophic sanitary
conditions” of sleeping on the street.
His team had provided psychological support for people who had
experienced war, rape and torture, but
often people also needed legal support
on administrative issues.
Macron’s hardline new immigration
law seeks to criminalise illegal border
crossings and speed up the process for
asylum requests and the expulsion of
those unable to claim asylum. But aid
groups argue it does not set out a longterm system of providing shelter.
Pierre Henry, of the NGO France
terre d’asile, said those sleeping rough
in Paris must be given shelter. “I would
say to decision-makers: open your
eyes, get everyone around the table
– local authorities, aid organisations
– and build lasting solutions.”
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Koalas have
last laugh as
stars trade
jibes over
jockstrap
Guardian staff
After the comedian John Oliver bought
and donated Russell Crowe’s jockstrap
to help save one of the last surviving
Blockbuster video shops, Crowe has
returned the conservation-minded
compliment.
The money Oliver paid at auction for
the garment and others worn by Crowe
in his movies has been channelled to
help save the Australian koala. Now a
sign, The John Oliver Koala Chlamydia
Ward, hangs proudly over a wildlife
hospital in Queensland.
The host of the satirical TV show
Last Week Tonight has acknowledged
himself comedically outgunned by
Crowe – and suggested he might as
well retire from the programme since
“we’ve accomplished everything we
set out to do on this show”.
Crowe recently held a “divorce auction”, selling movie memorabilia from
his career, and Oliver had bought several items, offering them to an Alaska
branch of Blockbuster to display in
store and attract more customers.
Among the items Oliver bought was
a jockstrap the actor wore in the 2005
film Cinderella Man as well as a robe
and boxing shorts from the same film,
the actor’s hood from Robin Hood, and
a director’s chair with his name on it.
Crowe revealed that he had spent the
proceeds on the ward at the Australia
Zoo Wildlife Hospital, in Beerwah,
Queensland, which treats chlamydia
in koalas. Chlamydia causes blindness
and infertility making them vulnerable to extinction. The zoo’s owner
said the ward was given its name after
Crowe’s “amazing donation”.
Kim meets Xi in second
surprise visit to China
by North Korean leader
Now your first step
doesn’t seem
like such a big leap.
Benjamin Haas
Seoul
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has
made a second surprise visit to China
to meet its president, Xi Jinping, amid
a flurry of diplomacy as Kim prepares
for a summit with Donald Trump.
Kim flew to the port city of Dalian
and held talks “in a cordial and friendly
atmosphere” with Xi over two days
before returning to Pyongyang yesterday, China’s state news agency,
Xinhua, said. It is the second meeting
between the two leaders in about 40
days, and was kept secret until Kim
had left China.
Shortly after the summit was
reported, Trump said on Twitter he
would speak to Xi by phone about
North Korea, where he said “relationships and trust are building”.
Kim and Xi discussed relations
between their two countries as well
as “major issues of common concern”,
and Kim restated Pyongyang’s desire
to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.
“It has been the DPRK’s [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s]
consistent and clear stand to achieve
denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Kim said, according to remarks
reported by Xinhua.
“As long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove
security threats against the DPRK,
there is no need for the DPRK to be a
nuclear state and denuclearisation can
be realised.”
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Crowe tweeted that he had been
inspired by Oliver’s gesture, and was
hoping to put the $79,788 (£59,000)
Oliver had paid towards “something
special” that honoured his “genuine
love for Australians and Australia”.
On Sunday, Oliver told his audience:
“As far as I’m aware I’ve never shown
genuine love for Australians or Australia.” But he added: “Well played
Russell Crowe. That may honestly be
the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. What
I’m essentially saying is we’ve accomplished everything we set out to do on
this show. We are done here.”
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▲ China’s president, Xi Jinping, met
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Dalian
security threats Kim was referring to,
but experts have said North Korea
may push for the removal of some or
all of the 28,000 US soldiers stationed
in South Korea. The meeting comes
as Kim prepares to meet Trump, who
has said the date and location of the
summit is fixed but has yet to make
details public.
“I hope to build mutual trust with
the US through dialogue,” Kim was
quoted as saying. He said he hoped to
take “phased and synchronous measures” in order to “eventually achieve”
a formal peace treaty with Seoul and a
nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
The statement seemed to be at odds
with demands from the US, which
has called on North Korea to disarm
immediately.
Although Kim’s meeting was
reported in North Korean media, his
remarks on denuclearisation were
noticeably absent. Kim travelled to
Dalian by plane, in a public and telling break with his father’s traditional
means of travel – he insisted on only
using an armoured train owing to his
fear of flying.
China has been angling to retain
its influence over its ally amid the
recent rapprochement between the
North and South, and Kim’s desire to
engage directly with the US. Kim and
Xi have had a frosty relationship since
Kim came to power in 2011, meeting
for the first time only in late March.
That was Kim’s first official trip outside North Korea when he travelled to
Beijing in a bullet-proof train.
“China is willing to continue to
work with all relevant parties and
play an active role in comprehensively
advancing the process of peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue through
dialogue, and realising long-term
peace and stability in the region,” Xi
said.
The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang,
is to travel to Tokyo for meetings with
the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo
Abe, and South Korea’s president,
Moon Jae-in.
Moon hosted Kim during a historic
one-day summit in April, marking the
first time a leader from North Korea
had set foot in the South since the end
of the 1950-53 Korean war. The two
leaders agreed to work towards the
goal of “complete denuclearisation of
the Korean peninsula” in a joint statement that capped the cordial meeting.
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▼ Supporters of Armenia’s new prime
minister, Nikol Pashinyan, celebrate
at a rally in Republic Square, Yerevan
PHOTOGRAPH: ARTYOM GEODAKYAN/TASS/GETTY
Tamam trends
on Twitter as
Erdoğan vows
to go if Turkey
says ‘enough’
Agencies
Istanbul
‘Popular, not populist’ Protest
leader becomes Armenian PM
Andrew Roth
E
xactly a month ago,
Nikol Pashinyan was
walking from village to
village across Armenia
in a desperate protest
against a power grab
by Serzh Sargsyan, the post-Soviet
republic’s prime minister.
Yesterday, Pashinyan, a fiery
political orator who has spent the
past decade in street politics, was
himself elected as prime minister in
a 59-42 vote in parliament, capping
weeks of peaceful mass protests.
The Russian president, Vladimir
Putin, was among the first to
congratulate him. Pashinyan has
offered assurances that he will not
break with the Kremlin.
For the former newspaper editor,,
it has been an unlikely rise to powerr.
Before April, the ruling Republican
t,
party’s stranglehold appeared intact,
with Sargsyan newly installed as
d
prime minister after term limits had
nt
forced him to step down as president
– an office he had held for 10 years.
But governance changes that
e
bolstered the prime minister’s office
led to accusations that Sargsyan
had manipulated the constitution
to cling to power. Pashinyan and
other activists brought out tens of
ts
thousands of people on to the streets
for protests that paralysed the
capital, Yerevan.
Sargsyan resigned on 23 April.
Pashinyan, who had been detained
and then released from jail during
the protests, called for elections.
Supporters say Pashinyan, who
was also imprisoned after opposition
rallies in 2008, is among history’s
great peaceful revolutionaries.
“You can absolutely compare him
with historical figures like Gandhi
and Nelson Mandela,” said Eduard
Aghajanyan, from Pashinyan’s Civil
Contract party, and one of his young,
western-educated advisers.
It has been a dangerous road
for Pashinyan. He was expelled
from university in 1995 for his
political activities and faced libel
Nikol Pashinyan
is known as
a fiery orator
charges as the editor-in-chief of
Haykakan Zhamanak in 2000. His
car was blown up in an apparent
assassination attempt in 2004 and,
in 2008, he spent months in hiding
after being accused of instigating
protests that ended with 10 people
dead. He was sentenced to seven
years in prison in 2010 but released
the next year under an amnesty.
He has publicly fallen out with
other opposition leaders such as
Levon Ter-Petrosyan, a former
president. In private, detractors say
Pashinyan is a novice when it comes
to working in government and
unwilling to compromise.
He entered parliament in 2016
in a coalition of opposition parties
and has demonstrated a flair for
the theatrical. He told Sargsyan
in discussions last month, “I have
come to discuss your resignation.”
Sargsyan called it “political
blackmail” and walked out.
However, Pashinyan has
shown a deft political touch of
late, running a gauntlet of thorny
political questions including
whether Armenia should maintain
close ties with Russia and whether
there should be a purge of former
ruling party officials and criminal
proceedings to address the deaths of
protesters in 2008.
In an interview with the Guardian
during the protests, Pashinyan
said dark political forces had been
trying to derail Armenia’s peaceful
revolution. His aides said Karen
Karapetyan, the prime minister from
September 2016 until last month,
who has close ties to Russia, had
sought backroom deals to derail
a vote last week for Pashinyan to
become prime minister.
“Some forces are trying to
engage us into political bargaining
and propose me to become prime
minister but ensure and guarantee
the continuation of the existing
system,” Pashinyan said. “And for
me, my goal isn’t to become prime
minister. My goal is bring real
changes to Armenia.”
He spoke of plans to further
open Armenia to foreign business
and break the control over certain
industries held by businessmen
close to the previous regime.
Still, he and his supporters have
largely skirted policy discussions in
favour of rallying cries for reform in
the poor country of about 3 million
people, which borders Turkey and
Iran and is locked in a simmering
territorial conflict with another
neighbour, Azerbaijan.
There is a touch of the populist
in Pashinyan – he has donned
a camouflage T-shirt for some
speeches, but returned to a suit for
negotiations with other parties. “He
is not a populist. He is popular,” said
Ararat Mirzoyan, a fellow member
of Civil Contract, who was arrested
with Pashinyan last month.
Mirzoyan said he had seen
Pashinyan grow as a leader in recent
years as the two worked together in
parliament. Asked about the party’s
specific policies, he said: “Only once
we achieve fundamental reforms can
we begin talking about the changes
for the future sector by sector.”
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan, has vowed to step down
if his people decide they have had
“enough”, prompting opponents to
propel the word in Turkish, tamam, to
the top of worldwide Twitter trends.
Erdoğan will contest a presidential
election on 24 June, seeking to extend
his 15 years in power that began when
he became the prime minister in 2003
and continued with his move to the
presidency in 2014.
His ruling party is confident of
victory in the polls, but the country
remains polarised.
Speaking to his AK party in Ankara
yesterday, Erdoğan said his foes “have
just one care – to destroy Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan. If, one day, our nation says
‘enough’, then we will move to the
side,” he said, referring to himself in
the first person plural.
Opponents rapidly seized on the
word and turned it into the top Twitter trend around the world, with more
than 450,000 tweets by yesterday
afternoon.
Some simply tweeted the word in
bold letters with spaces – T A M A M –
while others added slogans and gifs.
Others wrote the word as many
times as possible within Twitter’s
character limit, or made fancy shapes
with its letters.
Erdoğan’s rivals in the presidential
polls also jumped in, with the tamam
tweets from three of his main opponents together garnering more than
10,000 retweets.
“Time is up. Enough!” tweeted
Muharrem İnce, the candidate of the
main opposition CHP.
Social media has become the primary platform for opposition to the
government in Turkey, where traditional media is saturated with coverage
of Erdoğan and his ministers.
After the vote, Turkey will switch to
the powerful, executive presidential
system narrowly approved in a referendum last year.
Denounced by his opponents as an
authoritarian leader, Erdoğan nevertheless boasts of having brought
Turkey to a new level of economic
prosperity and foreign policy influence under his rule.
While there is strong hostility to him
on the Aegean coast, some Kurdish
areas and parts of Istanbul and Ankara,
he retains widespread and massively
enthusiastic support in the Anatolian
core of the country.
Erdoğan said the Turkish people
had until now always given the right
response to those who sought to
destroy him, recalling the failed 2016
coup against his rule.
Predicting victory in the election,
he added: “God willing, I believe we
will, together with our nation, on 24
June once again give a well-deserved
lesson to this team of destruction.”
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▼ Actors brandish fake weapons in a
shopping centre to promote Ebrahim
Hatamikia’s film Damascus Time
PHOTOGRAPHS: MEYSAM MAH’ABADI/FARS
Iranian director causes
panic with Isis PR stunt
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Iran correspondent
An Iranian film-maker has apologised
after pranksters dressed as members of
Islamic State entered a shopping centre in Tehran to promote his film.
A group of actors, some of whom
had appeared in Ebrahim Hatamikia’s
recently released film Damascus Time,
brandished fake guns, wielded swords
and rode a horse past onlookers in the
Kourosh shopping centre and cinema
complex.
The stunt was met with criticism
on social media in Iran after reports
suggested that some people, including children, had panicked. Pictures
posted online also showed people taking selfies as the pranksters went up
escalators. One is shown trying to connect the wires of a fake bomb.
Seventeen civilians were killed and
43 wounded last year in simultaneous
Isis attacks on the Iranian parliament
building and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran.
In his apology, Hatamikia said
he did not know the details of the
publicity event in advance. “I was
under the impression that someone
was going to be in a red beard standing outside Kourosh complex so that
people can take pictures. I didn’t imagine there would be a horse, crowd and
shouting inside the complex,” he said.
The film tells the story of an Iranian father and son who are co-pilots
on a cargo plane carrying humanitarian supplies for people in a Syrian war
zone, but are later captured by Isis.
Hatamikia is well known in Iran
and his views are largely seen as sympathetic to the establishment. The
award-winning Damascus Time has
been lauded by the Iranian foreign
minister and the commander of its
Quds force, the Revolutionary Guards
special forces unit that has been fighting in Syria.
The production company behind
the film has received funding from the
Revolutionary Guards.
Seyed Mahmoud Razavi, an Iranian
producer, said the stunt at the shopping centre was “a big mistake and an
insulting joke”. The Iranian journalist
Mira Ghorbanifar tweeted that it was
normalising violence.
DRC confirms new
outbreak of Ebola
after 17 people die
Reuters
Kinshasa
At least 17 people have died in a
north-western area of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo where health
officials have confirmed an outbreak
of Ebola, the health ministry said
yesterday.
It is the ninth time Ebola has been
recorded in the country, whose eastern Ebola river gave the virus its name
when it was discovered there in the
1970s. “Our country is facing another
epidemic of the Ebola virus, which
constitutes an international public
health emergency,” the ministry said.
Before the outbreak was confirmed,
health officials reported 21 patients
showing signs of hemorrhagic fever
around the village of Ikoko Impenge,
near the town of Bikoro. Seventeen of
those later died.
Medical teams supported by the
World Health Organization and
Médecins Sans Frontières were sent
to the zone on Saturday and took five
samples from suspected cases. Two
of those tested positive for the Zaire
strain of the virus, the ministry said.
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Police detain
black Airbnb
guests near
LA on reports
of burglary
Sam Levin
San Francisco
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Don’t look down Cleaning work in Arizona takes on the appearance of a daredevil sport
as specialist technicians scrub the underside of the Grand Canyon’s 1,200-metre-high Skywalk
at Eagle Point as tourists continue to walk above. The horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge,
which opened in 2007 and is owned by the native American Hualapai tribe, has a glass floor
and extends more than 20 metres from the canyon rim near the Colorado river.
New York attorney
general quits over
assault allegations
Lauren Gambino
The attorney general of New York state,
Eric Schneiderman, abruptly resigned
on Monday night after accusations
published in the New Yorker that he
physically assaulted four women with
whom he was romantically involved.
Schneiderman rose to national
prominence as a foe of the Trump
administration and a high-profile
figure in the #MeToo movement
against sexual harassment.
“In the last several hours, serious
allegations, which I strongly contest,
have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “They will
effectively prevent me from leading
the office’s work at this critical time. I
therefore resign my office.”
The NYPD said it had not received
any complaints of abuse. Yesterday
morning, the Manhattan district
attorney’s office said it was opening
a criminal investigation.
Two women spoke on the record
to the New Yorker, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them during the
course of their relationships with him
in recent years. Neither woman filed
a police complaint. Both said they
sought medical help and confided in
people close to them about the abuse.
A third woman who also was
involved with him had told her story
to the other two women but said she
was too frightened to come forward.
A fourth woman said Schneiderman
slapped her when she rebuffed him,
but also asked to remain unidentified.
The New Yorker said it vetted the third
woman’s allegations, and saw a photo
of the fourth woman’s injury.
The two women who spoke on the
record, Michelle Manning Barish and
Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the
abuse escalated over time, and that
Schneiderman was a heavy drinker.
After the article was published, Manning Barish said on Twitter that she
“could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me”.
Asked for comment, Schneiderman,
a Democrat, issued a statement to the
New Yorker: “In the privacy of intimate
relationships, I have engaged in roleplaying and other consensual sexual
activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I
have never engaged in non-consensual
sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
His representatives also released a
statement from his ex-wife, Jennifer
‘I have not assaulted
anyone. I have
never engaged in
non-consensual sex’
Eric Schneiderman
New York attorney general
Cunningham, who said: “ These
allegations are completely inconsistent with the man I know, who has
always been someone of the highest
character, outstanding values and a
loving father. I find it impossible to
believe these allegations are true.”
Schneiderman has been a vocal
supporter of the #MeToo movement.
He filed a lawsuit in February against
the producer Harvey Weinstein and
the Weinstein Company, saying the
company broke New York law by failing
to protect employees from “pervasive
sexual harassment, intimidation and
discrimination”.
The women accusing him said seeing
him speak out on sexual misconduct
was part of what prompted them to
come forward. “This is a man who has
staked his entire career, his personal
narrative, on being a champion for
women publicly,” Selvaratnam said.
“But he abuses them privately. He
needs to be called out.”
The 63-year-old also has been a
long-standing critic of Donald Trump.
The president’s son, Donald Trump
Jr, dug up a tweet Schneiderman sent
in 2017: “No one is above the law,
and I’ll continue to remind President
Trump and his administration of that
fact every day.” Trump Jr added: “You
were saying???”
Agencies contributed to this report
Police in California sent a helicopter
and a squad of cars to detain a group of
black friends leaving a home they had
rented through Airbnb after a neighbour called 911 and reported them as
possible burglars.
The incident, which went viral after
one of the detained women posted footage of the encounter, is the latest in a
string of cases where officials have been
criticised for their treatment of black
people engaged in lawful activities.
The three friends said they were
leaving the Airbnb rental in Rialto, 60
miles east of Los Angeles, when police
cars surrounded them and told them
to put their hands up.
“They informed us that there was
also a helicopter tracking us. They
locked down the neighbourhood and
had us standing in the street,” Kelly
Fyffe-Marshall, a film-maker, wrote
on Facebook, where she also published
videos and photos of the police.
Dean Hardin, a Rialto police lieutenant, told the Guardian a neighbour,
whom he described as an elderly
white woman, called police because
she “didn’t recognise the vehicle or
the people” and saw them loading a
car with suitcases. The department
responded to a potential “in-progress
residential burglary”, dispatching six
cars and a helicopter, he said.
Police said that officers “immediately established a perimeter while
the people drove away. During the
course of the 22-minute encounter,
police officers determined the people
were Airbnb renters.”
Fyffe-Marshall said the incident, on
30 April, got worse when a sergeant
arrived and said he had never heard
of Airbnb, the home-sharing company. Hardin said other officers were
aware of Airbnb and cleared up the
confusion. Though officers detained
the group, police did not use restraints
and “allowed them to exit their vehicle”, police said.
“I’m still trying to fully digest the
what, why and how of this,” wrote
Donisha Prendergast, another woman
in the car who is also a film-maker and
a granddaughter of Bob Marley.
Fyffe-Marshall’s post added: “You
want to laugh about this, but it’s not
funny. The trauma is real.”
Airbnb said in a statement that the
company had “reached out to the victims of this terrible incident to express
our sympathy and full support”, adding, “what happened to our guests is
unconscionable and a reminder of how
far we still have to go as a society”.
Hardin defended the police
response, saying officers had no choice
but to show up and investigate the burglary report: “We thought our officers
acted professionally and the situation
was handled appropriately.”
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▲ Cara
Delevingne and
Madonna, above
centre, were
among stars
in appropriate
garb attending
the New York
Metropolitan
Museum of Art
for a benefit
gala this week.
The museum’s
Costume
Institute
is showing
Heavenly Bodies:
Fashion and
the Catholic
Imagination – ‘a
dialogue between
fashion and
medieval art’ –
until October
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Eyewitness
▲ Rihanna rocks
the papal style
(with bejewelled
mini-dress) as
her contribution
to the Met gala
Anne
Hathaway
chooses a
cardinal colour
for her tribute
to the Catholic
theme
CLOCKWISE FROM
ABOVE: FRAZER
HARRISON/
FILMMAGIC; EVAN
AGOSTINI/INVISION/
AP; IAN WEST/PA WIRE;
NEILSON BARNARD/
GETTY IMAGES;
RAY TAMARRA/GC
IMAGES; RABBANI
AND SOLIMENE
PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY;
HECTOR RETAMAL/
AFP/GETTY; JAMIE
MCCARTHY/GETTY
Best Actress
Oscar winner
Frances
McDormand
sports a leafy
Philip Treacy
creation and
Valentino gown
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Solange
Knowles gives
herself a halo
after choosing
a black Iris van
Herpen dress
▲ Katy Perry
shows her angelic
qualities for the
Metropolitan
Museum’s
exhibition
opening
Amal and
George Clooney
opted against
the Catholic chic
as they arrive at
the event in more
formal outfits
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Ireland
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▼ Anti-abortion protesters march
in Dublin to call for the eighth
amendment to be retained
PHOTOGRAPH: CAROLINE QUINN/PA
‘I’m aware that
typical County
Roscommon
discretion makes it
very hard to call’
Doireann Markham
Yes campaigner
Church v change County that
voted against equal marriage in
silent standoff over abortion poll
Harriet Sherwood
Roscommon
T
here are far more than
three billboards outside
Roscommon, and their
opposing messages
indicate an intensifying
battle for undecided
voters in the historic referendum on
abortion this month.
On the roads into this quiet town
in the middle of rural Ireland, it is
impossible to miss the laminated
placards fixed to lamp-posts. Some
have one from each camp, vying for
attention in a polarised campaign in
which voters have to make a binary
choice between yes and no.
A few hoardings have been torn
down, in a sign of strongly held
beliefs. But mostly, the people of
Roscommon are holding their views
close, unwilling to discuss where
they will place their cross on 25 May.
Three years after Ireland, where
historically the Catholic church
has been the undisputed moral
authority, became the first state
in the world to endorse same-sex
marriage in a popular vote, people
are going to the polls again. This
time, the Irish are being asked
whether they want to repeal the
eighth amendment – a clause in
the constitution that protects “the
right to life of the unborn”. The
amendment means legal abortion is
impossible in Ireland, even in cases
of rape or fatal foetal abnormality,
although about 3,500 women travel
to the UK each year for terminations
and a further 2,000 illegally order
abortion pills online.
The referendum, along with
public opinion surveys that indicate
a majority in favour of repeal, is
a measure of how far Ireland has
changed within a generation or so.
But Roscommon-South Leitrim, the
only one of 43 constituencies to vote
▲ A placard for the no campaign on a
lamp-post in the town of Roscommon
against same-sex marriage, may
again buck the trend. David Molloy, a
local businessman, says: “There are
very deeply held feelings here … The
issue of abortion is very much at the
core of Catholic belief. Even though
there will be people here who have
had abortions or know someone who
has had an abortion, it would never
be spoken about.”
In a campaign in which the
generational divide is seen as
significant, the county has one of the
oldest age profiles in Ireland, largely
a result of young people leaving to
find work or go to university. It has
also seen a remarkable influx of
migrants in the past two decades:
Brazilians recruited to work in the
meat industry, eastern Europeans
and a smattering of families fleeing
the war in Syria. The changes have
been striking. Once, the Catholic
church was the only religious show
in town; now there are more than
a dozen Christian denominations,
including a Nigerian and a Brazilian
church. In nearby Ballaghaderreen,
plans last year to convert a historic
convent into a mosque caused a row.
Paul Healy, editor of Roscommon
People, a local paper and website,
says: “The influence of the church
has taken a massive knock, partly as
a result of the [child sexual] abuse
scandals, and the cover-ups, but
Referendum
Facebook bars foreign ads
Facebook has begun blocking all
foreign spending on advertising
concerned with the referendum
on abortion in Ireland. As the vote
on liberalising the country’s strict
abortion laws neared the social
network said it was restricting
adverts to groups and individuals
that were based in Ireland.
The move follows accusations
that foreign-funded campaigns were
trying to influence the vote.
“This is an issue we have been
thinking about for some time,”
Facebook said in a statement.
“Today, as part of our efforts to help
protect the integrity of elections and
referendums from undue influence,
we will begin rejecting ads related
to the referendum if they are run by
advertisers based outside Ireland.”
Ireland has also received
from Facebook some advertisertransparency tools that were
promised in early April. “Our ‘view
ads’ feature, which enables Irish
Facebook users to see all the ads any
advertiser is running on Facebook in
Ireland at the same time, has been
fast-tracked and is operational,” the
company said.
The firm will be working directly
with political parties and campaign
groups representing each side of the
vote, who are being asked to notify
Facebook if they have concerns
about advertising campaigns.
Irish law bars foreign money
from backing political parties and
registered campaigns but does
not cover money spent directly on
digital advertising – seen by many as
a loophole that has been exploited
by groups overseas. Alex Hern
also because my generation are less
deferential and more questioning.”
Even so, the town’s imposing
Sacred Heart church still attracts
a relatively healthy congregation
on Sunday mornings. Father John
Cullen, Sacred Heart’s priest, is
reluctant to be drawn on their voting
intentions. “My understanding is
that people are still trying to form
an opinion,” he says with a revealing
uncertainty, while firmly restating
the church’s right-to-life doctrine.
“I think the no side is probably
resigned to defeat, though it’s not
a done deal, and there is certainly
a hidden minority of people whose
voices are not being heard.”
In Ballaghaderreen last weekend,
a dozen yes campaigners were
taking the case for repeal door to
door. Doireann Markham, one of the
canvassers, says she was reasonably
happy with the reception. “But
I’m aware that typical [County]
Roscommon discretion makes it
very hard to call. Nationally, the
wind is blowing towards a yes vote.
But there is a wide expectation
that Roscommon will vote no.” Her
impression was that as many as 40%
of voters hadn’t made up their minds
– double the figure from a recent
national poll for the Irish Times.
One issue campaigners on both
sides have come up against is the
government’s stated intention
to follow a vote for repeal with
legislation allowing abortion
on demand up to the 12th week
of pregnancy. “People on the
doorstep are definitely worried
about the 12-week issue,” says Mary
McDermott, a yes campaigner in
Roscommon.
Sile Quinlan, campaigning in
Sligo for a no vote, says: “When you
explain to people that repeal will be
followed by abortion on demand,
they are very surprised and shocked.
There’s definitely a feeling that
it’s a step too far.” The proposed
legislation would give Ireland a more
liberal abortion law than the UK.
Quinlan tells voters that one in
19 pregnancies in Ireland end in
abortion, whereas in the UK the
figure is one in five. “When you ask
people how they’d feel if Ireland was
to move in that direction, there’s a
very clear message that people don’t
want to follow the UK,” she says.
In Roscommon, few people are
willing to share their opinions. One
exception is Denny Fehily, 65, a
regular churchgoer.
“I think Roscommon will vote
against repeal,” Fehily says. “There
just aren’t that many young people
and this is a generational thing.
But I’m voting yes and so are all my
family. Young people are going to
go to England [for abortions] one
way or another. It’s happening – we
can’t ignore it.”
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Retailers suffer
sharpest fall in
sales since 1995
Larry Elliott
Britain’s retailers suffered the sharpest drop in business in more than two
decades last month as bad weather,
the squeeze on household budgets and
the timing of Easter led to a hefty cut
in consumer spending.
In the latest evidence of the slowdown in the economy since the turn
of the year, a health check from the
British Retail Consortium and KPMG
found that sales were down by 3.1%
in April – the biggest decline since the
survey was launched in 1995.
Spending on non-food items has
been especially hard hit over the latest
three months, and retailers are braced
for the tough trading conditions to
continue for the rest of the year even
though wages have now started to rise
more quickly than prices.
Retailers faced a combination of
problems on top of the squeeze on
spending, including higher labour
costs as a result of increases in the
minimum wage, the shift to online
shopping, and rapidly changing
spending patterns.
Maplins and Toys R Us collapsed in
February and a number of retailers,
including House of Fraser, New Look,
Carpetright and Poundworld are all
pursuing agreements with their landlords to cut their rents and close stores.
High street
Job vacancies fall
Vacancies in the retail industry
fell steeply in April as employers
reacted to the fall in high street
sales by cancelling plans to hire
more workers. A recruitment
industry survey shows the retail
sector tumbled from the 3rd
most active recruiter to the 10th
compared with April 2017 – behind
hotel and catering and nursing and
medical care at 8th and 9th.
Tom Hadley, director of policy
at the Recruitment & Employment
Confederation, said high street
shop closures were behind the fall
in demand for permanent staff.
“With consumers increasingly
shopping online, it’s a good time
for retail workers to think about
how their skills translate into other
areas within the business,” he said.
Demand for staff is still on the
rise in every other sector, he said,
but the number of workers chasing
each job has dropped steadily
since last year. Phillip Inman
The industry had been expecting
that year-on-year comparisons would
look poor for April because Easter –
which provides a boost to spending
– fell in March this year. But Helen
Dickinson, the BRC’s chief executive,
said the problem went deeper.
“With much of the spending in
preparation for the bank holiday weekend falling in March this year, a record
low in sales growth, in contrast to last
year’s record high, does not come as a
surprise. However, even once we take
account of these seasonal distortions,
the underlying trend in sales growth
is heading downwards.
“The first glimpse of summer may
have temporarily lifted clothing and
footwear, but non-food sales overall
continue to be weak.
“Consumers’ discretionary spending power remains under pressure and
the reality is, that with only a gradual
return to solid growth in real incomes
expected, the market environment is
likely to remain extremely challenging for most retailers.“
The BRC/KPMG survey showed an
even bigger drop in monthly sales once
the figures were adjusted for changes
in the amount of shopfloor space over
the past year. On a like-for-like basis,
spending fell by 4.2%.
The latest official retail sales figures
from the Office for National Statistics
showed sales volumes were down 1.2%
in March, with consumers having been
kept away from the shops by the unusually harsh weather.
Retailers are hoping that the royal
wedding this month and the World
Cup in June and July will provide a
boost to spending.
Paul Martin, KPMG’s head of retail,
said retailers were facing testing times:
“Retailers have got their work cut
out to overcome seemingly endless
obstacles, whether it be unpredictable weather or the introduction of new
regulation, like GDPR [the EU’s general
data protection regulation].
“The upcoming months will provide a number of opportunities for
retailers to drive sales and navigate
this assault course, including bank holidays, the World Cup and of course the
royal wedding, although it is clear that
trading will remain challenging.”
A separate study from the data and
analytics company GlobalData, said
that after a flat year in 2017, clothing
and footwear volumes would not start
growing again until 2019.
Mamequa Boafo, senior retail
analyst at GlobalData, said: “The
prioritisation of leisure spending and
preference for experiences over ‘stuff ’
will see consumers shopping from
their own wardrobes this year.”
Halifax reports a steep
drop in house prices
Larry Elliott and Julia Kollewe
Britain’s biggest mortgage lender yesterday revealed the biggest monthly
drop in house prices since shortly after
David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 – but dismissed fears of a
housing market crash.
Reporting on a month that traditionally marks the start of the spring
house-buying season, the Halifax said
prices were down 3.1%, the steepest
fall since September 2010.
The decline – which followed a
1.6% rise in March – meant the cost of
the average home in Britain was cut
by £7,140 to £220,962. Over the latest
quarter – considered a better guide
to the underlying trend – prices were
0.1% lower than in the previous three
months.
Russell Galley, Halifax’s managing
director, said demand for property had
been weak in recent months. However, he still expects annual house
price inflation to be between zero and
3% this year. In the three months to
April, prices were up 2.2% on the same
House prices fell 3.1% in April,
their biggest monthly drop since
September 2010
Average house price, £ thousand
230
210
190
170
150
2010
2012
2014
Source: IHS Markit, Halifax
2016
2018
period last year, down from 2.7% in the
three months to March.
Previous sustained falls in house
prices have tended to occur only when
rising unemployment forces people to
sell their homes, but Galley said the
British job market remained strong.
Unemployment is currently at its
lowest level since 1975 and real wage
growth has resumed.
Values dipped across Britain for
the third quarter in a row, falling 0.1%
between February and April, compared with declines of 0.1% and 0.7%
in the two previous three-month periods, according to Halifax, which is part
of Lloyds Banking Group.
Halifax said that the quarterly and
annual rates had fallen since reaching
a peak last autumn, with these measures providing a better indication of
the underlying trend than the monthly
change. City analysts said the monthly
Halifax figures tend to be more volatile than other surveys.
House prices have been falling in
London for some time, especially in
wealthier areas, while values in some
areas outside the capital are still rising.
Recent regional figures from Halifax showed the price of a typical house
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SSE merger
with npower
will face full
investigation
Branson eyeing big profit in
CYBG-Virgin Money deal
Patrick Collinson
Richard Branson could bag a large
profit on the sale of Virgin Money
after receiving a £1.6bn bid for the
bank seven years after he led a controversial £747m buyout of Northern
Rock – later rebranded Virgin – following its taxpayer rescue.
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank
Group (CYBG), which has proposed
the deal, said it would create “a genuine alternative to the large incumbent
banks”. The enlarged group would
have 6 million customers.
Virgin Money shares climbed nearly
10% to 345p after the CYBG approach,
but a rise in the shares over recent
days could interest City watchdogs.
The shares climbed 15% from 270p to
312p last week.
Banking analysts said the deal
would present “compelling industrial logic”. It would bring together the
more traditional bank of CYBG, with its
169 branches (mostly in Scotland and
Yorkshire) and 2.8m commercial and
personal customers, and Virgin Money’s strong mortgages and credit cards
business, which has 3.3 m customers.
Virgin Money has not yet agreed to
Adam Vaughan
in London was £430,749 between January and March, the lowest since the
end of 2015.
Jeremy Leaf, a north London estate
agent, said the latest figures were
disappointing.
“We are entering what is supposed
to be the busy spring buying season,
which tends to set the tone for the rest
of the year,” he said.
“More recently, activity and listings
have picked up but we are finding the
market still quite sensitive and only
those prepared to negotiate hard are
moving on.”
Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics,
said: “Looking ahead, consumers’ low
confidence and modest rises in mortgage rates suggest that demand will
continue to weaken.
“Prices will fall rapidly, though,
only when a large proportion of homeowners are forced to sell up. With
unemployment and borrowing costs
low and credit freely available, few
people are being forced to sell their
homes quickly.
“A period of broadly flat house
prices, therefore, remains the most
likely outcome.”
▲ Houses in
Bristol. Halifax
is still predicting
a modest
increase in
prices nationally
over the course
of the year
PHOTOGRAPH:
MATT CARDY/GETTY
‘Few are
being forced
to sell, so a
period of flat
house prices
remains the
most likely
outcome’
Samuel Tombs
Economist
The UK’s competition watchdog has
opened a full-scale investigation
into the proposed merger of “big six”
energy firms npower and SSE.
The announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority of a full
investigation comes after it warned
last month that the proposed merger
could lead to higher energy bills for
UK households.
The CMA said the two companies did not put forward evidence to
address its concerns, meaning they
now face a more detailed investigation, which could take about six
months to complete.
UK-listed SSE is the second largest
of the big six by customer numbers,
and Germany’s npower is the smallest, but together they would be nearly
the same size as British Gas, the market leader.
The merger of the companies was
announced last year, in the face of
increasingly stiff competition from
new challengers. There are now about
60 energy suppliers in the UK.
Npower and SSE believe the new
company, in which SSE would hive
off its supply business but remain
in energy networks and power generation, will be more focused, more
agile and have the economies of scale
to offer competitive deals.
The new firm is to be headed by
the former Dixons Carphone UK chief
executive Katie Bickerstaffe, who has
promised a more innovative and efficient energy supplier.
Consumer groups welcomed the
CMA’s scrutiny of the deal and its
potential impact on consumers,
noting that both firms scored badly
in customer service rankings.
Alex Neill, the managing director of home products and services at
Which?, said: “Mergers of big players
in essential markets such as energy
risk reducing competition and harming consumers.”
The companies appear to have factored in the likelihood of a deeper,
six-month investigation, as they have
always said the merger would likely
complete in the final three months of
2018, or at the start of 2019.
An npower spokesperson said:
“We look forward to helping the CMA
in its in-depth investigation of our
merger with SSE’s retail and energy
services business throughout the
phase two process.
“We did not put forward measures
to address the CMA’s concerns because
we firmly believe this merger will be
good for competition as it stands,” the
spokesperson added.
Richard
Branson led
the buyout of
Northern Rock,
later rebranded
as Virgin, in 2011
the deal, which it described as a preliminary proposal. Its shareholders
would have 36.5% of the combined
group.
Virgin Money traces its origins back
to the 1995 launch of Virgin Direct, an
investment business, but it was the
takeover of Northern Rock in 2011 that
turned it into a large-scale operation.
As chancellor, George Osborne
agreed to sell Northern Rock to Virgin
Money nearly four years after nationalising it at the height of the financial
crisis. The price paid by a consortium
of investors, led by Branson, was
half the amount the UK taxpayer had
injected into the bank. Osborne said
at the time that the deal represented
value for money for UK taxpayers.
Branson’s consortium included the
US billionaire Wilbur Ross, now Donald Trump’s commerce secretary. It
bought the “good” half of the bank,
including its branch network, funded
by retail deposits.
The “bad” part of Northern Rock
– which included its fabled 125% mortgages – remained in public hands,
although defaults and losses have
been much lower than anticipated.
The coalition government brushed
off calls by MPs, led by Chuka Umunna,
to remutualise the bank.
Virgin Money said its board was in
the process of reviewing the proposal.
It added: “There can be no certainty
either that an offer will be made nor
as to the terms of any offer, if made.”
Analysts said the initial offer was too
low and would probably be rejected.
“We think Virgin shareholders will
be lukewarm on the proposal,” said
John Cronin of the broker Goodbody,
adding that he expected a protracted
takeover battle.
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Financial
Business view
Nils Pratley
Challenger banks have proved
a threat to the big beasts only
in politicians’ imaginations
S
o much for the postcrisis idea that the UK’s
big four banks would
be knocked off their
comfortable perches
by a combination of
new technology and “challenger”
banks. A decade on, it’s hard to
detect a meaningful shift in market
shares. Lloyds Banking Group, the
undisputed leader in the UK, isn’t
noticeably weaker for being shorn
of TSB and last year got bigger
in credit cards, the only corner
in which it was underweight, by
buying MBNA’s UK operation.
It’s little wonder that challengers
are concluding they won’t get far on
their own. CYBG, which isn’t a true
new-breed challenger anyway since
Clydesdale Bank was born in 1838
and Yorkshire Bank in 1859, wants
to merge with Virgin Money to offer
“a genuine alternative to the large
incumbent banks”.
Top marks for hype but the
proposal looks more defensive than
aggressive. The idea is to create a
full-service bank, which both parties
would struggle to do quickly under
their own steam. CYBG is stronger in
small business banking and current
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accounts, whereas Virgin is focused
on mortgages, savings and credit
cards. Yes, there is commercial logic
here. If Virgin is keen, it may be able
to push CYBG to improve its terms.
Just don’t expect the banking
landscape to quake. With 6 million
customers, the new entity would
overtake TSB but would still be
miles behind banking’s second tier
– Santander UK and Nationwide.
Indeed, compare deal sizes. Virgin
Money is valued at £1.6bn on CYBG’s
proposal but Lloyds paid £1.9bn for
its MBNA purchase and could call
the deal a fill-in. The difference in
scale is enormous.
One of these decades, the
financial technology revolution may
change the rules of engagement.
For now, the benefits of size remain
enormous for the bigger beasts. A
merger between CYBG and Virgin
would be sensible for both – but it
would also confirm that politicians
were selling a false prospectus when
they said “challenger” banks would
change everything.
Take a chill pill?
For most bidding companies, an
18% fall in their own share price
during takeover negotiations would
kill the adventure stone dead. That
is especially so when the bid is
high-risk, cross-border and involves
raising monumental sums of debt.
Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan,
though, is undeterred. It has spent
six weeks tying to get the board of
the FTSE 100 firm Shire to agree
terms and has finally got a thumbsup for a cash-and-shares offer at
£46bn, or a shade over £49 a share.
The fact of a recommendation
was enough to give Takeda’s shares
a small bounce for almost the first
time since this saga started in
March. Yet from the outside this
proposed deal – which is really a
reverse takeover since Takeda is the
smaller company – screams of overaggressive financing.
Takeda is taking on a cool $31bn
(£23bn) of bridging finance and the
new combination would start life
with debt equivalent to between
four and five times its top-line
operating profits. A maximum of
two times is generally deemed
prudent in an industry such as
pharmaceuticals where drugs can
fail in clinical trials.
Don’t worry, says Takeda’s chief
executive, Christophe Weber, the
ratio will fall to two times within
“three to five years” because the
cashflows are strong and because
annual cost savings of $1.4bn can
be found. Well, yes, if everything
runs perfectly. But take a step back:
Takeda is offering a mighty 64%
premium to Shire’s share price in
mid-March. That’s one hell of a punt
to join the pharma big league.
Weber has convinced Shire’s
board. But gaining support from
shareholders will not be easy. Both
sets of investors have reasons to
worry: this deal looks ambitious in
the sense of being top-of-the-market
and a lot can happen before the
intended completion next year.
Sorrell starts again
Sir Martin Sorrell didn’t explain his
departure from WPP (no surprise
there) but he did say yesterday
that he wants to “start again” and
has an idea for what a 21st-century
agency should look like – “more
agile, more responsive, less layered,
less bureaucratic, less heavy”. One
assumes those comparisons are
with WPP itself. If so, why didn’t he
change it when he had the chance?
Shire agrees to
takeover by
Japanese firm
Julia Kollewe
▲ People walk among Antony Gormley sculpures on Crosby beach, Merseyside, with Burbo Bank windfarm on the horizon PHOTOGRAPH: WILLIAM IAN MORAN/FLICKRVISION
Hydrogen is solution to excess
electricity puzzle, say engineers
Adam Vaughan
Energy correspondent
Excess electricity produced by windfarms and solar arrays should be
diverted to create hydrogen for use in
heating, according to engineers.
Renewables were the UK’s second
biggest source of electricity in the last
three months of 2017, at times providing a third of the country’s power.
National Grid has warned that at
times this summer, more electricity
will be generated than is needed –
because demand will be low and
solar output high, and some inflexible power stations are hard to turn off.
With several large new offshore
windfarms due to open in the next few
years, the challenge of balancing supply and demand will continue to grow.
The Institution of Mechanical
Engineers (iMechE) said the answer
could be to use the power to generate
hydrogen. The spare electricity would
be used to split water into hydrogen
and oxygen. The gas would later be
blended with normal gas supplies for
heating supplies, sent to fuel cells to
generate electricity, or used to top up
hydrogen vehicles, iMechE said in a
report backed by the gas industry.
Dr Jenifer Baxter, the report’s lead
author, said: “We are seeing continued expansion of renewables. If we’ve
got a lot of low-carbon power, we want
to make sure we’re using all of that.”
The engineering group urged the
government to bring the renewables,
nuclear and gas industries together to
work on the idea. The nuclear trade
association welcomed the report.
The iMechE also urged a government study into the environmental
impact of lithium batteries, which
offer an alternative way to store
energy. Last year the government
gave far more backing to batteries,
with £246m for battery research and
development, compared with £25m to
explore using hydrogen for heating.
Jim Watson, director of the UK
Energy Research Centre, said the
report was good but cautioned it was
pushing a very pro-gas agenda when
there was still much to be debated.
Separately, a report today says there
are “major technical challenges” to
decarbonising heating by switching
to hydrogen. The Oxford Institute for
Energy Studies says there are not yet
any obvious ways for the technologies
to achieve major reductions in cost.
Shire, the London-listed maker of
treatments for ADHD and rare diseases, has finally agreed to a takeover
by Japan’s Takeda, after its offer was
raised to £46bn in the biggest deal in
the pharmaceutical sector since 2000.
After being rebuffed four times,
Japan’s biggest drugmaker secured a
recommendation from the Shire board
by raising the amount of cash in its
offer to $30.33 (£22.43) a share. Shire
shareholders will also receive 0.839
new Takeda shares for each share. That
makes the offer worth £49.01 a share,
about £5 more than Takeda’s initial bid
in late March.
Shares in the FTSE 100-listed company rose by almost 5% to £40.34 but
remained well below the offer price,
indicating that Shire shareholders
have reservations about the deal.
There are also concerns that the move
will overstretch Takeda’s finances. Its
shares have lost nearly a fifth of their
value since it revealed interest in Shire.
Takeda’s chief executive, Christophe Weber, is heading to London
next week to explain the deal to shareholders. It needs support from 75% of
Shire shareholders and two-thirds of
Takeda investors to succeed.
Takeda has set aside $9.1m for
retention bonuses, which will double
the pay and bonuses for Shire’s chief
executive, Flemming Ørnskov, and its
finance chief, Thomas Dittrich, who
are staying on until the deal completes,
expected to be by mid-2019.
It will be the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company, giving
Takeda access to Shire’s lucrative rare
diseases portfolio and a larger presence in the US.
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Society
Scotland special
Interview: Fiona Duncan
‘Everything should be
focused around the child’
Children in care need
to be loved, says the
woman leading a review
into the Scottish system
Libby Brooks
P
erhaps it should be,
but “love” is not a
word automatically
associated with politics
or policy-making. And
so it felt significant
when Scotland’s first minister Nicola
Sturgeon, announcing a “root and
branch” independent review of
Scotland’s care system in October
2016, said: “Every young person
deserves to be loved”.
Eighteen months later, the chair
of that review, Fiona Duncan, has
just completed the “discovery
phase” of her inquiry, asking more
than 800 children with experience of
the care system, alongside another
800 paid and unpaid individuals
who work with them, about the
word “love”.
“In conversations with children
and young people about love, we’ve
been trying to figure out what
that feels like and if the system
was a loving system what would
be different. We’ve been having
conversations with the people
responsible for delivering the
system about how they would see
themselves loving the children that
they care for.”
Ultimately, says Duncan, how can
you ensure that “those travelling
through what is a really complicated
system come out the other end with
a capacity to love”?
Duncan, 50, who is chief
executive of the philanthropic
grant-giving foundation Corra,
(formerly called the Lloyds TSB
Foundation for Scotland) has been
visiting residential homes and
secure care settings across Scotland
as part of the review and insists that
she wants these conversations to
build throughout the sector. “The
thing that will make this [review]
stick,” she argues, is that it will be a
“consensus of thousands”.
The review takes places at a time
when only 4% of children who
grow up in care in Scotland go to
university, almost half will have
mental health problems, and close
on a third will become homeless.
Sturgeon described these statistics
as “simply unacceptable” when
she appointed Duncan to the job.
At the same time, horrors are being
revealed at the ongoing Scottish
public inquiry into historical abuse
of children in residential care in the
country including at the notorious
Smyllum Park orphanage.
Duncan says brilliant practice
is going on across Scotland, but
“there’s also practice that isn’t
making a positive different to
children and young people’s lives,
that could stop”. Examples include
multiple placements, or brothers
and sisters being separated.
The next stage of the review
will explore the issues that have
been identified as requiring more
in-depth study, including how to
prevent children on the edges of care
from entering it.
Duncan herself has experienced
the care system, a fact that she is
happy to acknowledge but unwilling
to expand on. “The place that I’ve
settled on is that my job is to listen
and to understand, and possibly
I’m more able to do that in an
empathetic way because of my own
life,” she explains. “But this review is
not about my life, it’s about figuring
out what should happen for the next
generation. If I talked about myself
there’s a risk that that would be what
the story would be about, so it’s a
very deliberate decision.”
One professional admirer, of
whom there are many, describes
how Duncan “fills the room with
positivity and humour”. But her
seriousness and drive are also
evident. “This is the most important
thing I have ever been asked to do
and the conversations I have had
with children and young people are
a huge privilege. They are trusting
me and the review to listen properly.
There’s learning in every single
story. I intend to honour them all.”
So what does a good outcome
for this inquiry look like in five or
10 years’ time? “At the moment the
system works in silos, rubbing up
against one another and creating
delays, barriers, stigma, and the
child is often ricocheted around
this operating structure,” says
Duncan. She is unequivocal about
the solution: “Everything should
be focused around the child, and
the system should be supportive
and loving towards the child. So a
total and utter reversal of where the
focus is now.”
To take part in the review go to
carereview.scot/get-involved/
Scotland’s social provision
Will Holyrood lead the way
for cradle-to-grave care in UK?
With more devolved
powers and a modest
tax increase, the state is
playing a bigger role
Peter Hetherington
S
cotland is refashioning
social provision in the UK.
Already the state provides
free personal homecare
for older people alongside
free NHS prescriptions for
all. With local councils and housing
associations, it has begun building
30,000 social homes over a five-year
period and has abolished the sale
of council houses to tenants. Under
new legislation, it is moving to align
health and social care through 31
integration authorities charged
with delivering a £8.5bn budget
tailored to local areas. And last week
Scotland became the first country in
the world to introduce a minimum
price per unit of alcohol in a tough
drive against problem drinking and
its attendant ills.
Over the next two years, Scotland
will move to set its own social
security agenda with around £2.8bn
annually of a Department of Work
and Pensions budget devolved to a
new Scottish agency. All that is before
the impact of a new devolved income
tax system, with an extremely
modest income tax rise for the better
off, is factored in to fill a gap left by a
falling block grant from Westminster.
It hit pay packets last month.
But whether Scotland is ready
for Nordic-style cradle-to-grave
provision – and the impact of
substantially higher taxes to sustain
it – is an open question. While the
SNP government is gambling that
Scots will display more enthusiasm
for a bigger, interventionist state
than the English, some senior
Scottish economists aren’t so sure.
At long last, it has the means
to become at least partially selfsufficient thanks to the Scotland
Act of 2016, which transferred
control over the rates and the bands
of income tax to Holyrood. UK
government spending per head in
Scotland, through the annual block
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grant from Westminster, is already
higher than the English average.
How far will ambition take the
SNP minority government, which
relies on the Scottish Greens to get
key legislation through? Nicola
Sturgeon’s keynote speech to the
SNP’s last annual conference gave
a clue. It headlined a commitment
to create a publicly owned Scottish
energy company by 2021. It will buy
electricity and gas either wholesale
or generated directly from national
sources to give choice to people,
“particularly those on low incomes”,
according to the first minister.
All this came alongside a pledge
to double spending on early years
education to £840m annually by
2020 as well as doubling free nursery
provision for under-fives. At last
she had a chance to underpin her
self-proclaimed social democratic
credentials with hard policy, if not
cash – after 10 years of SNP power.
You might wonder why the SNP
has been so cautious up to now.
After all, in a 1997 referendum that
endorsed Scottish self-government,
the electorate also approved new
legislature powers to vary tax by 3p
in the pound. The SNP’s heartland
was then largely in north-east
Scotland and other former rural Tory
bastions, where higher taxation does
not always play well on the doorstep.
‘We are waiting
to find out whether
the Scottish
government does
anything more
dramatic’
David Bell
Stirling University
The tax-varying powers were
never used by either the LabourLiberal Democrat coalition Scottish
government from 1999 or by its
SNP successors. Fast-forward to
last month. Twenty years after that
devolution referendum, 1p in the
pound was finally added to higher
tax rates. The tax is projected to raise
several hundred million pounds.
What has changed? Ironically,
losing 21 Westminster seats last
year, largely to the Tories, might
have helped. The SNP power base
is now the old Labour heartland
of west-central Scotland, rather
than the conservative north-east.
In truth, the modest tax hike will
buy the SNP government just a little
time. The Institute for Public Policy
Research Scotland thinktank has
warned that the rise will simply
protect key departments from
spending cuts in 2018-19. “We do
not know what is happening to
spending beyond this,” says its
director, Russell Gunson. “But it has
set a precedent. The option after this
year is either government cuts or tax
increases again.”
The IPPR notes that Sturgeon’s
administration is committed
to increasing NHS spending
and protecting the budget of a
beleaguered Police Scotland – a
national force created in 2013
– whose record of achieving
economies of scale has fallen well
below expectations.
Then it has to plug a hole in
health service finances. Scotland’s
NHS is distinctly different from
its English counterpart, having
eschewed foundation trusts and an
internal market. Operating mainly
through 14 regional boards, with a
central procurement and services
board, it was hailed last year by the
Nuffield Trust health thinktank as
a system that has benefited from
trusting clinical staff to deliver and
from continuity rather than – as in
England – “constant change and
reorientation”.
Yet it faces “serious financial
problems” because savings more
than 4% higher than England
and Wales are needed to balance
the books of struggling boards.
Integration between health and
social care aims primarily to deliver
better services, rather than to save
money. Those financial problems
are compounded by the continuing
public health challenges in greater
Glasgow, where life expectancy
generally is the lowest in the UK.
With so many funding pressures,
the Sturgeon government faces
its toughest test: throwing
political caution to the wind by
going beyond its tentative “tartan
tax” for the better off to fund its
many commitments. A Scottish
government has at least some power
to deliver – if it has the political
courage to take new fiscal and social
security freedoms into uncharted
tax-raising territory.
David Bell, professor of
economics at the University of
Stirling, a former adviser to the
Scottish parliament’s finance
committee with a long record in
social policy, says the Holyrood
government has at last dipped its toe
into the water “and we are waiting
to find out whether it does anything
more dramatic”.
Opinion
Ruth Patrick
How to treat people on
benefits with respect –
a lesson from the Scots
A
s we witness the destitution caused by
welfare reform, it can be hard to believe
in the possibility of a better future, one
where the original promise and intent
of social security is reclaimed. And yet
that is exactly what is happening in
Scotland, which is making historic use of powers under
devolution to set out a distinctive agenda. Last month,
the social security (Scotland) bill was unanimously
passed into law. It sets out a rights-based approach to
the administration of 11 benefits, including disability
living allowance and personal independence payments,
that will affect 1.4 million people. It is underpinned
by seven principles, above all the recognition that
social security is a human right and has a role to play in
reducing poverty. Such principles have been notably
missing from Westminster.
In research I conducted with
people directly affected by changes
‘I have often heard
to their benefits, I have heard again
how the UK system
and again how the UK system is
characterised by disrespectful and
is characterised by
undignified treatment. Individuals,
undignified treatment’
such as young jobseeker James,
pick up on the dehumanising
nature of claiming benefits: “You’re
just another number, you’re not
a person.” Susan, a single-parent jobseeker, simply
wanted an adviser to say: “would you like to” rather
than “you must”. Small asks that hint at what is absent.
The Scottish principles seem to recognise the
experiences of social security claimants and this is
in part because of the Scottish government’s active
involvement of those people in the bill’s development.
More and more, your experiences of social security
will vary depending on where in the UK you live,
something which is already notable with universal
credit. In England and Wales, the monthly payment of
the benefit has increased financial pressures on affected
households, while rises in rent arrears, evictions and
homelessness have been linked to the housing element
being paid direct to the tenant. In Scotland, individuals
can choose to receive fortnightly payments and can opt
to have their housing benefit paid to their landlord.
Although the new social security powers in Scotland
will account for only 15% of its total benefits bill, they
are radical in their recognition that social security
doesn’t need to start from the degradation of the lives
of those who receive it. It can be a force for good. This is
hugely important not just for Scotland, but for all of the
UK to learn from; that another way is possible.
Ruth Patrick researches law and social justice at the
University of Liverpool and is author of For Whose Benefit?
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The forget-me-nots, the colour of the far
blue yonder, remember the limestone
grassland and woods that went before
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Weather
Wednesday 9 May 2018
UK and Ireland Noon today
Forecast
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17
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996
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55%
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ca
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snow
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1000
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11
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25%
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55%
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rpoo
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will send a front
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today and
tonight.
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Few British birds have enjoyed such
mixed fortunes as the cirl bunting,
Emberiza cirlus. Discovered by my
ornithological hero George Montagu
in 1800, near his Devon home, it
extended its range across much of
southern Britain, before going into
sharp retreat in the 1970s.
By 1989 there were only 120 pairs
– all but two in south Devon. Then,
thanks to the RSPB, and especially
project officer Cath Jeffs, it bounced
back. Jeffs persuaded local farmers
to create the right habitat for the
buntings, and today there are more
than 1,000 breeding pairs.
Even so, I wasn’t expecting to
see them so soon after we arrived at
Labrador Bay RSPB reserve, just west
of Teignmouth. Cirl buntings (the
name comes from an Italian verb
meaning “to chirp”) are subtle yet
stunning: the males sport a fetching
combination of moss-green, yellow
and rusty orange, with a black mask
and throat, quite unlike any other
British songbird.
Cirl buntings are also a sign of
hope: that with effort we can turn
around the fortunes of our farmland
species – provided conservationists
and farmers work together, as they
have for this handsome bird.
Stephen Moss @stephenmoss_tv
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Page 45 the bottom 10%, and that almost a third of the children
in the town live in poverty. Those problems date back
to the 1960s but Hartlepool has new difficulties, too.
Its makeup is predominantly white but the number of
nationalities living there has doubled in recent years,
and there are now 46 altogether.
In 2015, when Wicketz launched in Hartlepool, the
council published a special report on hate crime in the
region. It showed that reported incidents had risen by
33% in the previous year and that just under 90% of
those crimes were to do with religion, race, or faith.
At the same time, a council survey found that fewer
residents believed that “people from different ethnic
backgrounds get along together” and that “fewer people
felt part of their community”. Hate crime has continued
to rise, especially in the central wards that surround
Lynnfield school.
The Wicketz classes are free and open to everyone
between eight and 16. When Pearce started them he
had to run separate sessions for the kids from south
Asian backgrounds and everyone else. But over time he
brought the two groups together.
“It took a few weeks,” he says. “The kids wanted to
stay in their own groups, they’d say: ‘Why do we have to
mix?’ and: ‘We don’t want to.’ I kept telling them we were
trying to build a team.” They had a few drop out, but
not as many as they had join in when the sessions were
finally integrated.
▲ In the early days of
the programme there
were tensions but they
have dissipated as the
classes have progressed
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Wicketz winner
Lord’s Taverners
take pastoral
initiative to a fertile
space in Hartlepool
Andy Bull
T
he first time Cole Pearce came to
Lynnfield school in Hartlepool, the
children didn’t know who he was or
what he wanted. Pearce was carrying
a bag crammed with plastic stumps
and bats, and when the kids saw it
one asked if Pearce was going to teach
them tennis.
Lynnfield is close by Victoria Park, home of the town’s
football team, and if the kids there played anything at all
then that was the sport. Pearce is a wicketkeeper himself,
and a good one. He played for Durham’s second XI, came
through their academy with Ben Stokes. But he didn’t
mention it. There was no point. Most of the children
didn’t even recognise a cricket bat, let alone know who
used them.
Pearce works for the Lord’s Taverners Wicketz
programme, which is designed to bring the game to
young children in deprived urban areas. There are
16 Wicketz projects running around the country.
Hartlepool is Pearce’s beat. He has all the trappings of a
coach, the tracksuit, kit, and plastic cones, but watching
him work on a Tuesday afternoon he seems more like a
big brother than another teacher. He treats them with
affectionate exasperation, and has a jocular, joshing
authority. Which works, because Wicketz is not about
teaching kids to keep their elbows high when they play
a cover drive.
The Taverners have been running Wicketz in London
since 2012. Hartlepool was one of the first places it
moved to when they decided to expand beyond the
capital. The statistics show six of Hartlepool’s 11 wards
are among the most deprived areas in the country, in
T
here was tension. In those early mixed
classes, Pearce had to walk some of the
children home afterwards because the
rows between the two groups were so
bad. He does a lot of pastoral work like
this. At Wicketz they often fit in classes
around cricket. They try to target them
to the needs of the regions they are
working in. Early on, Pearce found that some of his kids
were binge drinking, after a 14-year-old boy told him that
he’d had to have his stomach pumped, so they have been
doing work on alcohol awareness.
They’ve had talks on diet, nutrition and social media,
too. Just little five-minute lectures, short and sharp,
before the kids get back to whacking the soft balls
around. In Hartlepool there’s a real problem with youth
unemployment, and the Wicketz national manager, Dan
Wilson, wants to tailor the programme towards that. He
is one of the great enthusiasts. As soon
as it has occurred to him that some of
‘This is
the older kids might want to help out
my kind
with the coaching, he’s over talking
to them, telling them that if they
of charity
want to participate they can earn new
because
qualifications for their CVs.
On the day I’m there, they are
it’s run by
already at it. Some of the older
people who Asian kids are helping the younger
are invested white ones with their grips. There
must be 35 children altogether, a
in our
real mix, boys and girls, all ages and
community backgrounds. Lynnfield’s playing
area is the only green space in the
– every
district, so the school keeps it open
week’
to everyone during daylight hours. A
lot of people, many of them former
pupils, pop along to watch. The deputy head, Kate
McIntyre, is one of them. “This is my kind of charity,”
she says, “because it’s run by people who are invested
in our community. They’re here every week, making
an impact.”
These days, McIntyre says, cricket is as popular as
football at the school. “Every day now they’re playing
cricket up against the wall, and they’re always pestering
us: ‘When’s Cole coming, when can we play again?’”
Wicketz is not going to fix Hartlepool’s problems with
stumps and plastic bats but Pearce is here three times a
week, every week, trying to help. Building a community
takes time and patience and, like any partnership, it
comes little by little, run by run. “We have 30 different
languages spoken at our school,” McIntyre says, “but
sport is a universal language.”
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Time is
right for
Smith
but fresh
faces are
not easy
to find
Vic Marks
L
ike the cuckoo, the new
chief selector has been
spotted this spring. He
has been migrating north
and west (it’s the only
way to go from where
he lives) to soak up some county
cricket, to chat to the coaches, the
umpires and the odd senior player
as he reacquaints himself with the
domestic circuit.
Ed Smith knows that the easiest
time to make an impact as a selector,
heralding a vibrant new regime, is
at the start of a season. After that, as
Harold Macmillan probably didn’t
say, “stuff happens”. The borderline
selection, whom you don’t really
rate, scores a lucky century; the one
you really hold in high esteem bags
a pair and the course is set. But for
the first Test of a summer a selector
is not so restricted. There is scope to
trust one’s instincts.
Andrew Strauss has pointed out
that “Ed comes with fresh ideas”,
which is clearly true. When I have
sat alongside him in a commentary
box interesting theories come to
light as frequently as pigeons used
to when Henry Blofeld was at the
microphone. Upon announcing
Smith as his chief selector, Strauss
added: “There is real depth to his
talent identification knowledge.”
I will try to interpret as best I can.
Strauss may have meant “he knows a
good cricketer when he sees one” or
he may have been hinting at a highly
sophisticated, innovative scientific/
mathematical/psychological system
of assessing players who might excel
for England. We’ll see.
The impetus for some sort
of change to the Test team is
considerable. This winter England
played seven Tests, losing five and
drawing two. In these circumstances
it would seem odd for a new selector
– or an old one for that matter – to
pick all the familiar names. However,
it is not obvious which way Smith
can go to invigorate the side.
At the start of the season the data
often seems skewed. In the first few
rounds of this year’s championship
wickets have usually tumbled on
damp, green pitches, so that runs
count double, while the value of
a pile of wickets, mostly taken by
80mph seamers, can be halved.
In the last round of matches on
drier, sun-drenched surfaces the
▲ Ed Smith is
now the national
selector, not a
broadcaster
▼ Alastair Cook
passed 37 only
once on England’s
winter tour
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batsmen started to enjoy themselves
a bit. But have the right men
prospered for Smith?
With the Lord’s Test just over a
fortnight away, there are, I think,
only five absolute certainties
assuming all are fit (Joe Root, Jonny
Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad
and Jimmy Anderson). You may
notice a glaring absentee, an opener
of unprecedented experience, and
that is where we start.
Openers
All the candidates are left-handed
and I acknowledge that the senior
one, Alastair Cook, is a very strong
probable. But it is good to keep him
guessing. Over the years the great
players demonstrate a highly tuned
survival instinct. They manage to
conjure something whenever their
career is jeopardised. So it may
be helpful to put Cook on notice
(moreover, in the winter in 15 Test
innings he managed to exceed 37
only once – when he scored 244 not
out in Melbourne). Mark Stoneman,
by his own candid admission, has
not done enough to nail down a
place, though his last Test innings
was a career-best 60. Rory Burns, his
partner at Surrey, where batsmen
tend to prosper, has scored some
runs, while Keaton Jennings, after
a poor start at Lancashire, has
just hit a century at Old Trafford,
where Haseeb Hameed has just
been dropped. Another fancied
left-hander, Middlesex’s Nick
Gubbins, posted a century at Hove.
Middle order
In Christchurch it was James Vince,
Root and Dawid Malan. Of these
Vince is the most vulnerable despite
scoring 76 in his last innings. One
of Vince’s attractions is that he
is used to batting at No 3, which
Root is reluctant to do. But how he
exasperates. Other contenders, such
as Liam Livingstone of Lancashire
and Dan Lawrence of Essex, rarely
bat so high for their counties.
Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke has
just struck 157 batting at No 4 at the
powder-puff Oval after a poor start
to the summer.
We can now proceed more quickly:
All-rounder
Barring accidents we fall back on
Stokes with a caveat over whether he
is capable of bowling 15 overs a day
with a red ball. This spring he has not
been able to take the IPL by storm.
Wicketkeeper
More certainty, I think. There is
Jonny Bairstow, unless Smith
suggests sending him up the order
as a specialist batsman. However,
Bairstow is adamant he should keep
the gloves – and it was somehow
uplifting to see him standing up
at Chelmsford not only to Steve
Patterson but also Ben Coad.
Pacemen
Who joins Anderson and
Broad? They tried Mark Wood
at Christchurch instead of Chris
Woakes with little success. Both
have been languishing on the
sidelines in the IPL in the past
fortnight. Craig Overton has been
doing his duty for Somerset but the
fast ones tend to be off-target. Olly
Stone of Warwickshire flickered
when taking eight for 80 against
Sussex but then injury concerns
resurfaced. Jake Ball with 25 and
Coad (23) are the leading wickettakers in Division One. The selectors
may just hope that Woakes is
rejuvenated by the presence of a
devilish, dark Duke in his hand.
Spinners
Until recently Moeen Ali has
been hiding in India, Jack Leach
in Taunton, though England’s
latest Test player was in action
for Somerset this week on an
Old Trafford featherbed. He is an
improving cricketer (he top-scored
to save the game against Lancashire)
and a competent left-arm spinner.
Leach’s cause is helped considerably
if Stokes is fit to bowl. And look out
for Surrey’s Amar Virdi, patiently.
Verdict
They could easily pick the same
crew. That might be Trevor Bayliss’s
preference, but not Smith’s. This will
be an interesting meeting of minds.
ECB told it must have players on
Goodwood hand
board for Hundred to go ahead police footage of
Racing
Ali Martin
The Professional Cricketers’
Association has warned that The
Hundred will not go ahead without
players’ support as concerns over its
quirky format, the move away from
Twenty20 and the impact on women’s
cricket rumble on.
Representatives from the players’
union met the England and Wales
Cricket Board at Edgbaston yesterday to discuss the quickfire 100-ball
format. It will start in 2020 and feature
two-and-a-half-hour matches played
by eight city teams.
Daryl Mitchell, the PCA chairman,
left the meeting with Tom Harrison,
the ECB chief executive, and Sanjay
Patel, the tournament’s managing
director, assured that the views of the
country’s 420 professional players will
be central to its creation.
“[The ECB] are very keen to stress
that it is still a concept,” said Mitchell,
who was one of only three players
consulted before The Hundred was
announced last month. “It is not set
in stone, it is still a concept and an idea
– but one they are very keen on.”
Asked what it would take for the 100ball format not to go ahead, Mitchell
said: “Judging by the information
about other stakeholders, probably the
players saying they don’t want it. We
have the power to do that but whether
it does happen or not, I’m not sure.
“There is no competition without
any players, is there? As a union, we
would have to feel very strongly to go
completely against it.”
Though Mitchell insisted the PCA
would remain “open-minded”, he outlined issues regarding a lack of detail
over the playing regulations – chiefly
the 10-ball over – and disappointment
that despite the continuation of the
18-county Blast, the new tournament
will not be Twenty20.
The ECB told the meeting the move
to a 100-ball innings was not down
to broadcast demands but market
research that, despite not being shared
on the day, shows the desired “new
audience” want a shorter game that
is more family-friendly.
“Another concern is the Test players
like Joe Root and Ben Stokes. They’ll
be allocated to a team for marketing purposes but won’t be playing,”
Mitchell said. “The point was made
[by the ECB] that this new audience
won’t necessarily know who Stokes
and Root are anyway.”
The PCA representatives, who
included players from all 18 counties,
plus Tammy Beaumont and Jonny
Bairstow from the England women
and men’s teams, told the ECB they
do not want the County Championship
to be played at the same time as the
new tournament. Mitchell said the
championship remains “the pinnacle”
of the domestic game for the players.
The women’s version of The
Hundred will, unlike the men’s game,
result in the Kia Super League being
replaced and thus not mirror the international game. Mitchell said: “There’s
no getting away from that, they need
to be playing T20 cricket.”
An ECB spokesperson said: “Players
are the core of the game and we look
forward to further discussions as we
continue to develop the competition.”
Tom Harrison spelled
out ECB thinking behind
the new 100-ball game
Paine to captain Australia
for ODI series in England
Tim Paine will captain Australia in
the one-day international series in
England but it appears likely to be a
temporary role.
The 33-year-old wicketkeeper, who
took over as Australia’s Test captain
after the ball-tampering scandal in
South Africa, will lead a 15-man squad
for five ODIs next month. Aaron Finch
has been named as the vice-captain for
the first assignment under their new
coach, Justin Langer.
The off-spinner Nathan Lyon has
earned a long-awaited ODI recall, having last represented Australia in whiteball cricket in August 2016.
Paine will take no part in Australia’s
Twenty20 matches and is not certain
to retain the ODI captaincy for the 2019
World Cup.
“Tim is a strong leader and will
captain the ODI side, supported by
Aaron,” the chairman of selectors,
Trevor Hohns, said. “A decision on a
permanent one-day captain will be
made in due course.”
Australia will play one T20 game in
England followed by a T20 tri-series in
July in Zimbabwe, which also involves
Pakistan. Finch will captain the T20
side with Alex Carey as his deputy in
a major endorsement for the young
wicketkeeper.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins
have been ruled out of both tours in
the hope they will be available for
the Test series against Pakistan later
this year. Both fast bowlers sustained
injuries during the Test series against
South Africa. AAP
AUSTRALIA ODI SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND: Tim Paine
(capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh
Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell,
Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy
Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.
T20 SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND, ZIMBABWE AND
PAKISTAN: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar,
Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye
Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake,
Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye,
Jack Wildermuth.
50-person brawl
Chris Cook
Senior officials at Goodwood are
hopeful of arrests in relation to the
shocking fight that took place there on
Saturday, having handed evidence to
Sussex police. Alex Eade, the course’s
manager, said his staff were “heartbroken” by events that resulted in four
people requiring hospital treatment
and made racecourse behaviour a hot
topic once more, footage of the fight
having circulated on the internet.
“Some of my team were in tears,”
Eade said, “because we spend so much
time making Goodwood the sort of
tranquil, special, beautiful place
that it is, and then it gets punctured
by a few idiots in what was a nasty,
vicious fight.”
Sussex police have put out an
appeal for witnesses, indicating that
“around 50” people were involved and
confirmed there have been no arrests
so far. But Eade hopes that will change,
after his staff spent hours poring over
CCTV images.
“Every one of their actions for the
entire day, we have clearly documented and we’ve handed it all over
to the police,” he said. “We’ve got a
number of very clear face shots of
them actually in the act of fighting.”
Eade said a group of 10 men
appeared to be responsible for the
fighting. While they had been served
alcohol during the afternoon, they
were eventually refused further service. “One of their group had been
removed from site and it was in the
process of that that the whole thing
kicked off. Now, it’s not that our security staff started it, they were fighting
amongst themselves, they weren’t
fighting with our security staff.
“Should the police investigation
identify them, we can ban them from
Goodwood, which we would certainly do. And the British Horseracing
Authority have indicated they would
ban them from all racecourses
immediately.”
Chris Cook’s tips
Chester
1.50 No Lippy 2.25 Award Winning
3.00 Showmethedough 3.35 Family Tree (nb)
4.05 Baritone (nap) 4.35 Gabrial The Saint
5.05 The Feathered Nest
Kelso
2.00 Calix Delafayette 2.35 Always Tipsy
3.10 Shepherd’s Bight 3.45 Achill Road Boy
4.15 Double W’s 4.45 Dance Of Time
5.15 Enzo Barbieri
Newton Abbot
2.10 Desirable Court 2.45 Overland Flyer
3.20 Blu Cavalier 3.55 Play The Ace
4.25 Pointed And Sharp 4.55 Lamb Or Cod
5.25 Come On Charlie
Fontwell
5.10 Project Mars 5.45 In The Hold
6.15 Don Lami 6.45 Holryale 7.15 Bennys Girl
7.45 Ramore Will 8.15 Go Forrit
Wolverhampton
5.55 Full Suit 6.25 Stay In The Light
6.55 Sunshineandbubbles 7.25 Verandah
7.55 Viola Park 8.25 Critical Thinking
8.55 Revenge
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Tennis
Results
Fears Murray
could miss
Wimbledon
Football
PREMIER LEAGUE
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Man Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Everton
Leicester
Newcastle
Crystal Palace
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
West Ham
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Swansea
West Brom R
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30
24
20
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11
11
10
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9
7
9
8
6
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12
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11
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15
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102
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80
68
61
72
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36
43
43
44
33
45
37
27
27
31
33
Swansea
(0) 0 Southampton
Gabbiadini 72
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
P W D
L
F
Celtic C
36 24
9
3 73
Aberdeen
37 21
7
9 55
Rangers
37 21
6 10 71
Hibernian
36 18 12
6 56
Kilmarnock
36 15 10 11 48
Hearts
36 11 13 12 37
Motherwell
37 12
9 16 40
St Johnstone
37 12
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Dundee
37 11
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Hamilton
37
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Partick
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69
66
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Aberdeen
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Rangers
McCrorie 63
(0) 1
Hamilton
Imrie 82
2,367
(0) 1
St Johnstone
McMillan 65pen
Wotherspoon 80
(0) 2
Partick Thistle
3,320
(0) 0
Motherwell
Bowman 60
(0) 1
Ross County
(0) 0 Dundee
(0) 1
3,976
Murray 51
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Liverpool Ladies FC 1 Manchester City Women 0
FRENCH COUPE DE FRANCE FINAL
Les Herbiers 0 Paris Saint-Germain 2
Rugby union
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY WELSH PREMIERSHIP
Bargoed 24 Llandovery 47; Cross Keys 22 Llanelli 30;
Newport 16 Pontypridd 27.
Tennis
ATP & WTA MUTUA MADRID OPEN (Spain)
Men: First round: R Haase (Neth) bt Chung H (Kor)
6-2 6-0; L Mayer (Arg) bt F Fognini (It) 6-3 6-4;
P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Y Sugita (Jpn) 6-4 6-3;
R Bautista Agut (Sp) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4
6-4; E Donskoy (Rus) bt S Tsitsipas (Gre) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3);
J-L Struff (Ger) bt M Copil (Rom) 6-4 6-4; B Coric (Cro) bt
P Carreño Busta (Sp) 6-4 6-2; P Cuevas (Uru) bt J Sock (US)
6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-0; F Verdasco (Sp) bt P Lorenzi (It) 7-5 6-4;
A Ramos Viñolas (Sp) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 5-7 6-2 7-5;
R Harrison (US) bt G García López (Sp) 6-4 7-6 (9-7);
K Edmund (GB) bt D Medvedev (Rus) 6-4 6-0.
Second round: D Shapovalov (Can) bt B Paire (Fr)
7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4; D Lajovic (Ser) bt R Gasquet (Fr)
7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1); JM Del Potro (Arg) bt D Dzumhur (Bih)
6-3 6-3; M Raonic (Can) bt G Dimitrov (Bul) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Women: Second round: P Kvitova (Cz) bt M Puig (Pur)
6-3 7-6 (10-8); K Pliskova (Cz) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Sp)
7-5 6-2; S Halep (Rom) bt E Mertens (Bel) 6-0 6-3;
D Kasatkina (Rus) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 6-3 6-1; C Suárez
Navarro (Sp) bt E Svitolina (Ukr) 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4;
B Pera (US) bt J Konta (GB) 6-4 6-3.
Cycling
GIRO D’ITALIA
Stage 4 (Catania - Caltagirone; 202km): 1 T Wellens (Bel)
Lotto Fix All 5hr 17min 34sec; 2 M Woods (Can) EF
Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at same time; 3 E
Battaglin (It) LottoNL-Jumbo; 4 S Yates (GB) MitcheltonScott; 5 D Formolo (It) Bora-Hansgrohe all at same time.
Selected others: 30 C Froome (GB) Team Sky at 21sec.
General classification: 1 R Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing 14hr
23min 08sec; 2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Sunweb at 01sec;
3 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 17sec; 4 T Wellens (Bel)
Lotto Fix All at 19sec; 5 P Bilbao (Sp) Astana Pro at 25sec.
Selected Other: 20 C Froome (GB) Team Sky at 55sec.
Fixtures
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Chelsea v Huddersfield; Leicester v Arsenal;
Man City v Brighton (8pm); Tottenham v Newcastle (8pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Kilmarnock; Hearts v Hibernian
Scottish Championship play-off final
Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton
Scottish League One play-off final
Stenhousemuir v Peterhead
La Liga
Barcelona v Villarreal; Sevilla v Real Madrid
Coppa Italia Final
Juventus v Milan (8pm)
FA Women’s Super League
Chelsea v Birmingham (7pm); Everton v Yeovil (7pm)
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Feeling the heat Johanna Konta suffered a repeat of her Australian Open
defeat by Bernarda Pera as she crashed out of the Madrid Open at the hands of
the American. Pera saved all five break points she faced on her way to a 6-4, 6-3
victory over the British No 1 in the Spanish capital last night. PA
Snooker
Williams reveals naked
truth to young tyros
Paul MacInnes
Tuesday morning and in the cafes of
Sheffield’s Millennium Square talk
was still of snooker. “I caught the
end, quite exciting wasn’t it!” went
one conversation starter, which was
quite effusive for Yorkshire.
The previous night, at about 9.50,
Mark Williams had channelled calm
in the most pressured of moments
at the Crucible to win his 18th frame
against John Higgins. In the process
the Welshman won his third world
championship, 15 years after his second, the longest gap in the tournament’s history.
It was quite a final, an unexpectedly tense, competitive and thrilling match that put to bed any talk of
an underwhelming championship.
Barry Hearn would never hint at any
such anxiety but the way the impresario stormed into the press area to
announce Williams – “Cameras at the
back! Naked world champion at the
front!” – suggested he knew he had a
story on his hands.
Williams was an outside bet
throughout the 17 days of the tourna-
ment, he was a champion so unlikely he
jokingly promised early in the competition that he would turn up naked to the
post-final press conference should he
win – and then delivered on the pledge.
When his semi-final against Barry
Hawkins finished at midnight on
Saturday it was expected the 43-yearold, suddenly bouncing back after so
long in obscurity, would fade horribly against the perennial competitor
Higgins. Instead Williams’s languid,
almost sleepy demeanour proved to
be an asset.
He stayed calm throughout the
final, riding his moments of good form,
not dwelling on the bad. He also played
some outstanding shots, especially in
the closing frames, with the red that
opened his final break likely to haunt
▲ Mark Williams stripped as he had
promised after his third world title
Higgins for some time. From the other
side the Scot was indefatigable, coming back from 4-0 down to 7-7, and
from 14-7 to 15-15.
So the story is the class of 92 rolled
back the clock. Williams, who became
the oldest world champion since Ray
Reardon won in 1978 as a 45-year-old,
certainly celebrated like a man two
decades younger. Throughout the
early hours his Twitter feed declared
his determination to keep drinking
(though he has also changed his biography to include three trophy emojis).
But as his body will no doubt tell him
on sobering up, this cannot go on for
ever.
With Mark Selby knocked out in the
opening round and Ronnie O’Sullivan
defenestrated in the second, the championship provided a chance for snooker’s 20-somethings to step up. Kyren
Wilson made the semi-finals but was
kept at arm’s length by the 42-year-old
Higgins, who also took care of Judd
Trump in the previous round.
Hearn used the occasion of the final
to criticise the younger generation,
saying: “Kids today are soft and getting softer. If I was a player who hadn’t
won the world title I’d be spending a
long time looking in the mirror and
saying: ‘Why?’”
How long can a middle-aged resurgence hold off the millennials? “The
younger players will look at this and
think they have another 15 years of
coming back here, trying to win it,”
Higgins said. That may be true. Unfortunately, next year Williams and
Higgins have promised they will still
be there waiting for them.
Fears Andy Murray could miss
Wimbledon because of concerns
that his recovery from hip surgery
has stalled sent a shiver of dismay
through the game last night. However, a spokesperson for Queens, the
grasscourt tournament that starts on
18 June, two weeks before Wimbledon,
said their six-times champion is still
on the entry list and they have had no
indication he plans to pull out.
“Wimbledon is such a long way off,”
a source close to the Fever-Tree championships at the Queens Club in west
London said, “nearly two months, in
fact, it seems premature to be writing
him off.
“We certainly have had no news
to that effect. He is still on our entry
list [posted yesterday], which is the
strongest in the history of the tournament, with six of the world’s top 10
and 17 of the top 30 featured, along
with former champions and finalists.”
He added: “It could happen, but
there has been no word from his camp.
We expect to be working with him in
promoting the event at some point in
the coming weeks.”
Reports varied in their level of gloom
over Murray’s prospects of being ready
to return after an operation on his hip
in Melbourne in January.
In brief
Cycling
Wellens wins Giro stage
while Froome cracks
Belgium’s Tim Wellens lived up
to expectations when he won the
fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, a
gruelling 202km ride from Catania
to Caltagirone in Sicily with a steep
finish that led to Chris Froome
losing time. The Team Sky rider,
who is under investigation for an
adverse doping test in last year’s
Vuelta, struggled and lost 23
seconds. Rohan Dennis retained
the overall leader’s pink jersey
with a one-second advantage over
the defending champion, Tom
Dumoulin. Guardian sport
Baseball
London Stadium to host
Major League games
West Ham’s London Stadium
will stage two Major League
Baseball games next year. The
former Olympic Stadium will need
re-configuring as a baseball field
for the first MLB regular season
games to be played in Europe. New
York Yankees will face Boston Red
Sox on 29 and 30 June in front of an
estimated crowd of 55,000. PA
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Jones needs fresh minds
and willing legs for
South Africa challenge
Several established names are
unavailable for the summer
tour and weary squad may get
a much-needed makeover
Robert Kitson
W
hen Eddie Jones
was asked
the other day
about England’s
disappointing
Six Nations
campaign he admitted that, in
retrospect, he might have handled
things differently. “I think I should
have refreshed the side,” he told
Sky Sports, reflecting on the lowly
fifth-place finish. “I should have
probably brought some fresh blood
in, sharpened things up.”
It is every head coach’s recurring
dilemma, particularly in a postLions season. Stick with the tried
and tested, the players who in this
case had barely lost for the two
p
gy
preceding
years,, or cast the net
Gloucester’s Jason
Woodward is a
full-back option
for the tour
slightly wider? Sometimes there is
little other option, particularly with
a World Cup year looming. Which is
basically the scenario facing Jones
as he prepares tomorrow to unveil
a rejigged England squad for next
month’s tour to South Africa.
Already a clutch of established
figures – the captain, Dylan Hartley,
the No8 Nathan Hughes, the locks
George Kruis and Courtney Lawes,
the centre Jonathan Joseph and
the wing Anthony Watson – have
been ruled out through injury.
Manu Tuilagi is also a probable
nonrunner, having publicly said he
does not think he is fit enough. If
Billy Vunipola goes it will be with
everyone’s fingers tightly crossed
after such an injury-strewn year.
Then there are several other
forwards – Mako Vunipola, Maro
Itoje, Jamie George, Dan Cole –
who toured New Zealand with
the Lions last summer and would
probably be better served having
a rest than running head-first
into a resurgent Springboks team.
Jones would appear to be leaning
towards omitting some or all of
them, judging by the number of
absentees he is contemplating. “We
have the opportunity to do that in
South Africa because we have up
to 20 players unavailable through
injury,” he suggested. England,
either way, are going to need some
reinforcements.
It makes this week’s selection less
than straightforward. Even some
players who did not make the Lions
squad were looking leaden-footed
by the end of the Six Nations. One
squad member, upon returning to
his club, told the director of rugby he
would give up the sport if it entailed
being flogged to the same degree he
had recently endured. Jones has to
unearth some fresh minds as well as
fresh legs.
It might also be a chance to
Gatland rests Wales’ Lions but
considers central role for North
Paul Rees
Wales have rested all but two of their
12 players who toured New Zealand
with the Lions last year for next
month’s game against South Africa in
Washington and two Tests in Argentina.
The Gloucester flanker Ross
Moriarty and the Northampton wing
George North, who are joining Dragons
and Ospreys respectively in the summer, have had injury-disrupted seasons and have been selected but the
Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, the
No 8 Taulupe Faletau, the fly-half Dan
Biggar, the wing Liam Williams, the
full-back Leigh Halfpenny and the
hooker Ken Owens are among those
remaining in Wales to rest in readiness
for a busy season that culminates with
the World Cup in Japan.
Warren Gatland has named cocaptains for the tour. Cory Hill,
the Dragons’ second-row, featured
throughout the Six Nations campaign
but the choice of the flanker Ellis
Jenkins, who recovered from injury
to spearhead Cardiff Blues’ progress
Danny
Cipriani helped
steer Wasps to
third place in
the Premiership
and a play-off
semi-final
against Saracens
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find what he is really looking for:
dynamic newcomers capable of
making a difference not just on the
high veld but also under the intense
pressure of a World Cup knockout
game. High-energy, no-nonsense
forwards would probably top that
list. If his squad does not include
Luke Cowan-Dickie, Nick Schonert,
Alec Hepburn, Nick Isiekwe, Tom
Curry, Don Armand, Jono Ross, Zach
Mercer and Gary Graham it will be
fascinating to see who he chooses.
S
Perhaps now is
the moment to
give Wasps’ Danny
g
y
Cipriani one last
chance to shine
to the European Challenge Cup final
against Gloucester in Bilbao on Friday,
was a surprise.
There is only one uncapped player
in the 31-strong squad, the scrum-half
Tomos Williams, as Wales prepare for
life without Rhys Webb. He is joining
Toulon and will be unavailable under
a new rule because he turned down a
regional contract, having played fewer
than 60 Tests.
Gatland has recalled Bath’s secondrow Luke Charteris to add experience.
He is one of four players, North, Scott
Williams and Bradley Davies are the
others, who have more than 50 caps.
Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Patchell
will vie for the fly-half jersey.
Gatland is considering deploying
North in the centre. “I have spoken to
him about covering the midfield,” he
said. “ I have told him about following
the likes of Tana Umaga and Ma’a Nonu,
who ended up moving into midfield,
and he gives us a different option.”
Gregor Townsend has named six
new faces in Scotland’s squad for their
tour of the US, Canada and Argentina.
The Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally
will captain a squad including Adam
Hastings, the Glasgow fly-half and son
of the former Scotland captain Gavin.
▲ Wing George North is one of Wales’
two Lions picked for summer Tests
urely, with an eye on
the bigger picture, it
would make sense to
give someone like Mako
Vunipola a much-needed
rest and instead examine
the all-round loosehead qualities of
Hepburn, Joe Marler or Beno Obano?
And if he is really going to take
young Marcus Smith of Harlequins
to Japan as his third No 10 then he
has to blood him in South Africa.
If he is remotely unsure, now is
the moment to give Danny Cipriani
one last chance to shine. Elliot Daly
or Jason Woodward at full-back,
Henry Slade in midfield, Dan Robson
or Ben Vellacott at scrum-half; Jones
is planning to bring a backs coach on
tour and there should still be plenty
of decent talent to work with.
The flip side, however, is that
even the world’s most exciting
backline would struggle if their
pack is constantly being marched
backwards. With Hartley missing
can George be given the summer
off as well? Ditto Itoje, with
Lawes and Kruis missing and
Joe Launchbury having already
played a lot of rugby? Then again,
if Launchbury stays behind that
removes another potential captaincy
candidate should anything nasty
befall Owen Farrell in the domestic
season’s final weeks. In the Sky
interview, Jones raised doubts
over Hartley’s international future
– “you never know – nature decides
when the player can come back”
as he continues to recover from
concussion.
In the end Jones appears to have
little alternative but to take Farrell
as his captain in Hartley’s absence.
England cannot afford to tiptoe out
at Ellis Park for the first Test with
an entirely experimental lineup,
and a 3-0 Springbok series triumph
– extending England’s losing
sequence to six in a row – would pile
further pressure on all concerned.
Short-term pain for longer-term
gain? Old stagers or fresh blood?
Getting the balance right will be
vital, particularly if the Boks under
Rassie Erasmus do prove a sharply
improved force.
Tomorrow’s squad will be among
the more revealing of Jones’s
tenure.
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▼ Yaya Touré’s City spell has
been marked by a mosaic
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MANCHESTER CITY FC
Wenger weighs up PSG offer
to become general manager
David Hytner
Manchester City
Touré treasures role in
putting United in shade
Departing City midfielder
identifies Matic as hardest
opponent he played against
Jamie Jackson
Y
aya Touré believes his
greatest achievement
at Manchester City
was helping the club
replace Manchester
United as the preeminent domestic force, pointing to
his 2011 FA Cup semi-final winner
against their great rivals as a pivotal
moment.
The Ivorian will be handed a rare
start by Pep Guardiola for tonight’s
visit of Brighton, Touré’s last home
game for City before he departs the
club. Since joining from Barcelona in
2010 for £24m, the 34-year-old has
won three Premier League titles, the
FA Cup and two League Cups. In all
City have won seven major trophies
during Touré’s eight years, replacing
United as the most successful team
in the country.
Asked if being a major factor in
the role reversal was his greatest
success, Touré said: “To be honest,
yes. That’s true, when I came to
City, for them to be a big club, we
had to put them in the shadow.
We cannot compare – they have so
many trophies, so many Champions
League finals. But that was the
purpose. To come to City, to put
United in the shadow, although that
was always going to be difficult.”
Touré pointed to his semi-final
goal as key in the power shift from
United to City. “The semi-final was
a big part of it. I’d been in touch with
Rio [Ferdinand, then at United], one
of my big brothers – as a player and
as a person. When I scored that goal,
of course he was angry but it was a
message – they knew City was going
to come. United was in our way – we
had to remove them, they were such
a force, they won the league that
year. To come to the game, they had
such confidence, they thought they
were going to beat us.
“I’ll never forget it, they missed
big chances. At half-time we were
nearly fighting in the dressing room.
It was that we had to go out and play
like men – or we go home again and
say to Khaldoon [al-Mubarak, the
City chairman]: ‘Thank you, we’ve
eaten the money but we move on,
this club will never achieve.’ We had
that chat and you saw a different City
in the second half.”
Touré vowed to play like a
gladiator should he face City in
future, though he will not celebrate
should he score against the club. In
▲ Yaya Touré lifts the Premier League
trophy with City for the final time
a mark of respect to the midfielder, a
pitch at the training facility has been
named after him, with a mosaic of
Touré also placed alongside.
“That’s my view, if you let me
go, I [may] have to face you. I’m a
big fan of the Gladiator movie – I’d
have to win,” he said. “I would never
celebrate a goal against them. I don’t
want to face them but if I want to
stay in the Premier League I will
have to.”
But having claimed in 2015 that
his achievements in England have
not been properly recognised, the
four-times African player of the
year reiterated his opinion and said
United’s Paul Pogba often suffers
from the same perception. “Maybe
when I am retired from football
I will have more respect,” Touré
said. “What I have achieved and
what I have done, I don’t think I get
enough.
“That is why I am a little bit sad
because people put a lot of pressure
on Paul Pogba. We are different.
When you see the type of run [I do],
how many times you can do it, box
to box, and be able to start the ball
from defence and be able to finish
as well. And in how many games
in the Premier League, Champions
League, national team, the
travelling, and not have an injury
for many years [you can see what I
did].”
Touré also claimed his fierce
dedication at City once even raised
his wife’s suspicions. He said:
“People don’t how dedicated I was.
This football club was my first wife
to be honest. Even my wife knew it.
She sometimes thought I was seeing
different girls – of course I’ve been
seeing different girls [City]. She was
thinking that because I was going
home and I had my computer on and
I watch games.”
Nemanja Matic, formerly at
Chelsea but now one of Pogba’s
United team-mates, was the player
Touré identified when asked to
name his hardest opponent. “Matic,
I hate him, this bastard,” he said,
jokingly. “He’s such a difficult player
to play against.”
Arsène Wenger faces a decision
between whether to continue as a
manager after departure from Arsenal
or accept an executive position at a
club, with Paris Saint-Germain considering him for a general manager role.
Wenger said that, if he listened to
his heart, he would remain in management, which has been his stance
since it was confirmed he would leave
Arsenal at the end of the season, 12
months before his contract finishes.
But he was sufficiently vague to suggest something had changed.
The 68-year-old has long been linked
to PSG, partly because of his friendship with the club’s president, Nasser
al-Khelaifi. The French champions are
expected to replace their manager, Unai
Emery, with Thomas Tuchel but they
would have the scope to accommodate
Wenger within their structure.
“A general manager role? That’s
what I have to decide,” Wenger said.
“I have not made the decision [about
whether to continue as a manager]. At
the moment, spontaneously, I would
say: ‘Yes.’ But maybe with a distance,
I will think: ‘No. Maybe it’s a time to
change a little bit of direction.’”
Wenger has worked as a pundit
for Khelaifi’s beIN Sports network,
previously al-Jazeera Sport, for more
than 10 years. “My relationship with
Nasser is more based on media,”
Wenger said. “When he was a young
boy and he started in his job, I was his
first contract, his first signing, so that’s
why we have a good relationship. But
that doesn’t influence any decisions.”
Football
In brief
Tottenham
Pochettino optimistic
over top-four finale
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted
that Tottenham Hotspur would have
settled for their current situation at
the start of the season, as he rallied
his players ahead of a make-or-break
finale. Tottenham face home
fixtures against Newcastle United
tonight and Leicester City on Sunday
and they are fourth in the Premier
League table, a point and a place
behind Liverpool, who have played
one more game. However, Chelsea
lurk on their shoulder, two points
back in fifth, also with two matches
to play, and there is a measure of
anxiety among the Tottenham
support. “Everyone would have
signed to be in this situation at
the beginning of the season,”
Pochettino said. “It would have been
a dream. In five days, we have the
opportunity to be third and it is an
ideal situation. It’s in our own hands
[to qualify] and we need to die to try
to achieve that.” David Hytner
Wenger said he had received various job offers – “more than I expected”
– and he added the pull of the training ground remained strong. “I like
green grass and I like to walk on it
every morning,” he said. “You know
I didn’t miss a training session in 22
years, I never stayed in my office. That
is something I will miss.”
Wenger described Laurent
Koscielny as “devastated” after the
defender had surgery to repair his
ruptured achilles tendon, which will
keep him out for six months.
The manager said Mesut Özil would
most likely miss the final two matches
of the season – at Leicester tomorrow
night and Huddersfield on Sunday –
with a back problem.
He sought to defend the midfielder
against the criticism he picks and
chooses his games. “Football players
are not like that,” he said. “When he’s
injured, he’s injured.”
Wenger suggested there had been
progress on contract talks with Jack
Wilshere, whose deal expires next
month. “The latest conversation I had
with Jack looks positive for the club,”
the manager said. “I’m convinced, like
I always was, that his future is here. I
think it will happen, yes.”
▲ Arsène Wenger said he had not
missed a training session in 22 years
Liverpool
Gomez out of World Cup
after ankle surgery
Joe Gomez is “gutted” after an
ankle operation ruled him out of the
Champions League final and this
summer’s World Cup with England.
The 20-year-old has had surgery to
correct a problem sustained during
his third appearance for the England
senior side in March’s friendly with
Holland. “Gutted to confirm my
season for both club and country is
over having undergone successful
ankle surgery,” Gomez wrote on
Instagram. “Been a tough few weeks
trying everything possible to be
available to help the team.” PA
Football League play-offs
Hawk-Eye brought in for
end-of-season matches
Goalline technology will be used
in the forthcoming play-offs, the
Football League has announced. The
Hawk-Eye technology will be used
in all games in the Championship,
League One and League Two
end-of-season showpieces, having
been deployed in the regular
Championship campaign that has
just ended. PA
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Chelsea racism scandal
‘They didn’t
get support
then – they
need it now’
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it was. It wasn’t right, and that is clear
now. We probably didn’t realise back
then how wrong it was.
“It’s why I have come forward to
support these players now. It has taken
them so long to speak out because of
the impact it has had on their lives.
Some of these lads were excellent
players who I think could have made
it. They didn’t get support back then,
but it is only right they have it now.”
Baker, who was on Chelsea’s books
from 1981-86, said: “When I read the
articles in March I was surprised how it
all came flooding back and how it made
me feel. It was the outright denial from
Williams that made me want to come
forward. I have no axe to grind with
him personally, as I was never targeted
in any way by him, but I was annoyed
and angered to read his denial.
“I thought: ‘How on earth can he
say that?’ as I know he racially abused
players, one in particular in my time,
regularly. I don’t think that back then,
as a kid, I ever thought about it being
wrong, and I wasn’t one to speak out
anyway. Nobody spoke out. It wasn’t
like today where there are at least four
or five members of the coaching team.
Williams was in charge of the entire
youth setup and if you were going to
make it in football it was on his say-so.”
The legal papers served to Chelsea
allege one player was so traumatised
he abandoned his career aged 19,
despite signing as a professional, and
has deliberately avoided going anywhere near Stamford Bridge in more
than 30 years since he was at the club.
That follows the previous Guardian
story in January about three former
youth-team footballers from the 90s
▲ The former Chelsea coach Gwyn
Williams denies all the allegations
issuing legal claims against Chelsea
because of what one, now in his late
30s, described as a “feral environment” for some of the black players
in the youth team, alleging they were
treated “like a race of fucking dogs”.
That player’s allegations include
that Rix or Williams called him a
“darkie”, a “nignog”, a “black bastard”, a “wog”, “midnight”, “jigaboo”
and various other insults. The player
also alleges he was told by Williams
to “fuck off back to Africa” and “sell
drugs or rob old grannies”. Williams, it
is alleged, would punish the player by
telling him to “go and clean my office,
Richard Pryor – shine my shoes like
a good wog” or “pick up your lip, it’s
dragging on the floor”.
In one incident, Chelsea played a
youth-team fixture in Spain and Rix
is said to have humiliated one of the
black outfield players by substituting
him with the reserve goalkeeper. As
the player was showering afterwards,
it is alleged Rix shouted: “If his heart
was as big as his cock, he would be a
great player that ran more.” According
to the evidence presented to Chelsea,
Rix followed it up by saying the player
should have been “the only person in
the whole stadium to be able to enjoy
the 40-degree heat” on the basis that
“blacks were always winning the longdistance Olympic events in the heat, if
they weren’t chucking spears”.
The allegations were so serious
Chelsea felt compelled to notify the
Football Association and the police
were brought in. The police decided
after a seven-month investigation
there was insufficient evidence to take
any action but Chelsea have launched
their own investigation and the FA’s
safeguarding team has interviewed at
least two of the players. Chelsea have
also offered counselling to the players. Rix and Williams have declined
a number of interview requests from
this newspaper.
The club have responded to the
latest developments by saying:
“We take allegations of this nature
extremely seriously and they will be
fully investigated. We are absolutely
determined to do the right thing, to
assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully
support those affected, which would
include counselling for any former
player that may need it.”
The players who allege they were
racially abused have asked to remain
anonymous. “I came forward because I
couldn’t stand back and see the people
responsible denying it had happened,”
one said. “Young players, including
▼ Gwyn Williams (centre) at youth-team training in 1985
HUGH HASTINGS/CHELSEA FC VIA GETTY IMAGES
myself, were racially abused each and
every day. I think many of us at the
time just thought we had to accept it
to make a career. It was as if you had
to show you could handle it before you
could be considered for progression to
the first team.”
Another player added: “I can
remember that one of our lads was of
mixed race, and the coach would be
taking training and would organise a
game by saying it was ‘whites against
blacks’. He’d then look at this lad in
front of everybody and say: ‘Oh, which
side are we going to put you on?’ It was
all about isolation and humiliation.”
Renu Daly, the solicitor representing four of the players, said the
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Grant Lunn
(far left), Gary
Baker and other
former Chelsea
youth players
who do not wish
to be identified
BEN LISTER
‘I felt like punching them’
Anonymous
‘They made it clear to a
lot of black players they
didn’t stand a chance’
W
hen I was at the club, racial abuse
was happening on the training
ground regularly. I thought that it
was something which must have
been happening for a number of
years because Gwyn Williams
seemed so comfortable with it, like he didn’t give it a
second’s thought.
I can remember as a 16-year-old thinking it wasn’t
right and “what’s going on here?” both when I was
subjected to the abuse and seeing others subjected
to it. But there was no way of challenging it. We were
young players chasing professional contracts and I felt I
couldn’t speak out.
Williams would often say stuff such as “if you
weren’t here you’d be mugging people” or that we’d
be holding people up with guns, just because we were
black, as well as the racist comments like “lazy black
cunts”.
I think if something like that had been said to me by
other youth-team players I would have retaliated, but
this was an adult doing it to a kid. It was also the man
who was making the decisions on your career – and
a man, you knew, whose say would impact on your
future in the game. We were chasing the pot of gold so
you felt you had to keep quiet. If you spoke out you’d be
dismissed as having a chip on your shoulder.
Graham Rix was different in how he made you
feel. He’d bully psychologically. He’d play you out of
position for his own fun and to see you struggle. He’d
chip away at a player’s self-confidence every day. The
way he did it was more powerful than words. He made
you feel completely uneasy and uncomfortable.
The pair of them made it plainly clear in how they
behaved to lots of black players that they didn’t stand a
chance of progressing – no matter how good they were.
It created a lot of tension in the squad and some
division between the black players
and white players. I used to get
very angry and I would get into
arguments. Many times I felt like
punching both Williams and Rix.
Chelsea was seen as a great place
but it was a horrible environment.
It was a bad place, and not a place
you wanted to be, and despite all
my ambition I just stopped turning
up a few months into the second
year of my apprenticeship.
I went on play professional
football in Division Three, as it
was then, but it took me a number of years to get that
offer. For a long time afterwards, clubs wouldn’t touch
me. I was told a few times that they’d had reports I was
“trouble” and a “problem”.
I had dropped a number of leagues, but it was a
different world. No racism, just a nice place to play
football with better characters and personnel.
‘Despite all my
ambition I just
stopped turning up
a few months into
the second year of
my apprenticeship’
Chelsea case had also led to her firm,
Hudgell Solicitors, being contacted
about similar issues at other clubs.
“These men feared they had nobody
to turn to when they were young children hoping for a football career,” she
said. “They have each come forward
individually now, having never spoken
to one another about it over the years.
Collectively now, they have found the
voice to speak about what happened.
We are very grateful that people who
were part of these youth teams, and
not subjected to abuse, have also come
forward to speak in support of their
former colleagues. Their only motivation for doing so is the fact they simply
feel it is the right thing to do.”
Williams joined Chelsea in 1979
and went on to have a spell as assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri, as
well as being involved in the scouting
department for José Mourinho, before
leaving the club in 2006. He is credited
with discovering John Terry but has
been accused in the past of making
homophobic comments to Graeme
Le Saux, when the former England
defender was at Chelsea.
Williams later joined Ken Bates, formerly Chelsea’s chairman, at Leeds
United but was dismissed for gross
misconduct in 2013 after emailing
pornographic images of women to
a number of colleagues, including a
female receptionist.
Rix, who won 17 England caps and
played in the 1982 World Cup, also has
a chequered past, having admitted in
March 1999 two charges of unlawful
sex with a 15-year-old girl and indecent assault and being sentenced to
12 months in prison – serving six of
them – as well as being put on the sex
offenders’ register for 10 years.
He was reinstated by Chelsea
immediately after his release from
Wandsworth prison and was the firstteam coach when Gianluca Vialli’s
team won the FA Cup in 2000. Rix
had previously been the assistant
manager to Ruud Gullit and had a brief
spell as the caretaker manager after
Vialli’s departure.
The writer, who asked to remain anonymous, is a former
Chelsea youth player
▲ Graham Rix, pictured in 1998, denies the allegations
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Manolo
seizes the
moment
for Saints
Manolo
Gabbiadini
gives
Southampton
a lead, which
unlike on
Saturday,
they did not
surrender
STU FORSTER/
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Gabbiadini lifts Southampton out of
the mire and sends West Brom down
Swansea
0
Southampton
1
Gabbiadini 73
Possession
Swansea
54%
Shots on target
3
Fouls
7
Stuart James
Liberty Stadium
Southampton
46%
8
15
A night of high drama and tension
ended with Southampton all but
securing their Premier League status
for another season, Swansea staring
relegation in the face and West Brom
joining Stoke in the Championship.
Manolo Gabbiadini was the player
who delivered the killer blow for Mark
Hughes’s team, the Italian coming
off the bench to score a scrappy and
untidy goal that was worth its weight
in gold to Saints.
Swansea are three points adrift of
safety with only one game remaining and they will need to beat Stoke
at home on Sunday and hope that
Huddersfield lose their final two fixtures, against Chelsea and Arsenal,
to have any chance of staying up.
Southampton can breathe more eas-
▲ Swansea’s André Ayew is caught by Wesley Hoedt (left) and Jan Bednarek
NICK POTTS/PA
ily. Hughes’s team are up to 16th in
the table, above Huddersfield on goal
difference, and realistically can start
to plan for another season in the top
flight.
This was never going to be an evening for the faint-hearted. Even before
a ball had been kicked there were
stories surfacing that added layers of
intrigue to a fixture that needed no
extra buildup in terms of its significance. After complaining their hotel in
Swansea was cancelled at short notice,
Southampton were caught up in rushhour traffic on the way to the stadium
after their police escort failed to turn
up, and then told on arrival they would
have to wait on the bus for 25 minutes
while the Swansea coach unloaded.
That episode rather set the scene for
a game that was played in a pressurecooker atmosphere. Hughes, looking
like he had come straight from the
office in his shirt and tie, growled at
the officials for every little decision,
furious that a throw-in on the halfway
line had gone against his team.
Carlos Carvalhal, hands stuffed
into the pockets of his overcoat as
he paced up and down the touch-
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line, appeared only marginally more
comfortable.
On the pitch it was Swansea who
took the game to Southampton for
much of the opening 45 minutes,
controlling possession for long periods
and trying to dictate the tempo. Yet the
better opportunities fell to the visitors,
Carlos Carvalhal
shows the tension
who looked dangerous on the counterattack and forced Lukasz Fabianski
into a couple of crucial saves.
Charlie Austin, leading the line
for Southampton, had both of those
chances, the first after he sprinted
onto a perfectly weighted pass by
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg that picked out
the striker’s intelligent run between
Federico Fernández and Alfie Mawson.
The angle was against Austin, however, and his low drive towards the
far corner was comfortably held by
Fabianski. The Swansea goalkeeper’s
second stop was two minutes before
the interval and a collective sigh of
relief swept around three quarters of
the stadium when Austin’s ferocious
volley flew straight into his arms.
Although Swansea were seeing
plenty of the ball, the problem – and
it has been the story of their season
in many ways – was how to carve out
clear chances. Sitting deep and content to defend in numbers, Southampton were effectively asking Swansea
to break them down and coming up
with an answer was always likely to be
a problem for Carvalhal’s team.
Andy King snapped into tackles in
midfield and Jordan Ayew showed
some nice footwork further forward,
but that killer pass to prise Southampton open was missing. When André
Ayew did manage to dart into the area
Jan Bednarek made a superbly timed
challenge. King tested Alex McCarthy
early on with a low drive from the edge
of the area and Sam Clucas’s glancing header from the Welshman’s
cross drifted narrowly wide of the far
upright later in the first half, but that
was the sum total of Swansea’s attacking threat before the interval.
There was an immediate improvement from Swansea in that respect at
the start of the second half. Twisting
and turning about 25 yards from goal,
Jordan Ayew wriggled clear of a couple
of players and created the space for a
dipping shot that appeared to be arcing over the head of McCarthy until
the Southampton goalkeeper superbly
tipped the ball over the bar.
There was now more of an ebb
and flow to the game as it started
to become stretched. Austin was
denied by Fabianski for a third time as
Southampton, playing with a bit more
attacking conviction, began to commit more players forward. Remarkably another chance fell to Austin in
the area moments later; Hughes was
left holding his hand in his hands after
the forward nodded the ball straight
at Fabianski.
Chasing a goal, Carvalhal introduced Tammy Abraham to give
Swansea more of a presence up front,
but the breakthrough arrived at the
b
opposite end courtesy of another subo
sstitute. From Swansea’s point of view
iit was a desperately poor goal to concede from a corner. Shane Long kept
c
tthe ball alive with a far-post header, it
was flicked on again by Oriol Romeu
w
and although Fabianski managed to
a
keep out Austin’s shot, Gabbiadini was
k
perfectly positioned to sweep home.
p
Swansea
5-4-1
Fabianski; Roberts,
Naughton (Narsingh
75), Fernández•,
Mawson, Olsson
(Abraham 62); A Ayew,
King (Carroll 82), Ki•,
Clucas; J Ayew
Subs not used
Nordfeldt, Van der
Hoorn, Dyer, Sanches
Referee Michael Oliver
Southampton
3-4-3
McCarthy; Bednarek
(Gabbiadini 68), Stephens,
Hoedt; Soares, Romeu•,
Højbjerg, Bertrand; Tadic
(McQueen 83), Austin,
Redmond (Long 64)
Subs not used
Forster, Carrillo, WardProwse, Sims
Analysis
Nick Miller Liberty Stadium
Hughes throws caution to the
wind and leads Saints through
chaotic relegation tussle
I
t is a league of billions, of
the most famous coaches
in the world, which prides
itself on being the shiniest
show in town, that moneyed
owners seeking a splash of
reflected glory flock to. Who knew
that the biggest game of the season
would be between Swansea and
Southampton?
It was not so much a game of
football, more a 90-minute test of
collective constitutions. The top
division of English football hasn’t
seen a relegation play-off match in
30 years, but purely on the basis
of this chaotic affair, it might be an
issue to reconsider. Because this
was essentially a relegation playoff, and panned out like one. The
volume inside the ground was that
sort of loud you get when a stadium
of people are too nervous to do
anything but scream unintelligibly.
The atmosphere was almost
unbearable. In the corner where
the noisiest Swansea fans sang,
a steward tried to get them to sit
down. He didn’t keep trying for long.
Before the game, the whiff of dirty
tricks was in the air, after firstly the
Southampton team were told they
could no longer stay in their chosen
hotel, and then the police escort they
expected from their new lodgings
in Cardiff failed to materialise.
“Actually, they’ve done us a favour,”
pouted Mark Hughes before the
game. “The Swansea Marriott is one
of the poorest hotels we stay in.” You
assume TripAdvisor is going to take a
hammering in the next few days.
Of course nobody suggested
Swansea City themselves were the
dark hand behind it all, but even the
inference of subterfuge indicated
what a colossal match this was.
Carlos Carvalhal, despite the
extremely clement weather, still
had on the winter coat that’s as
crucial to his personal brand as those
wacky analogies, done up right to his
chin, hands thrust into the pockets.
Hughes’s hands were clamped to his
hips, carrying the miffed look of a
man who had arrived home to find a
stranger’s car blocking his drive.
The two managers seemed
entirely vexed throughout,
perhaps because of their respective
teams’ inability to produce much
competent football. It was an
accurate representation of their
seasons. Stoke and West Brom must
have watched on and wondered how
on earth they had managed to be
worse than these two.
This match was also a good
example to show anyone who
necessarily equates quality with
entertainment. Aside from a terrible
film you might like ‘ironically’, sport
is probably the only form of public
▲ Mark Hughes shows his delight
after Manolo Gabbiadini’s winner
entertainment that can hold your
attention despite the performers not
actually being any good.
The visceral thrill of games like
these is at least on a par with, if not
preferable to a display of technical
excellence. Chaos is more fun than
order, even if most managers will
heartily disagree with you.
The two teams seemed to take
it in turns to go hell for leather, as
if they had come to some sort of
unspoken accord that they couldn’t
both keep up the pace so it was best
to share the workload. Swansea
raced out of the traps, piling on
pressure and throwing cross after
cross into the box. But, as on many
occasions this season, they couldn’t
break through, their anaemic total
of 27 goals before this game as big a
reason as any for their plight.
In the second half Southampton
took up the baton. Hughes is not a
man one usually casts caution to the
wind, but as the clock ticked over to
the hour mark he had three centreforwards on the pitch. A draw was
not any use to anyone, so it had to be
full throttle.
Ultimately it worked, Manolo
Gabbiadini scrambling home a goal
that seemed entirely fitting, chaotic
and uncoordinated, a scene that
then moved into the away ends, the
few thousand Saints fans briefly
ceasing to be people and becoming a
single, undulating mass of limbs and
uncomplicated joy.
Far from spurring Swansea on,
their own doom staring them in
the face seemed to paralyse them.
Tammy Abraham came on to cause
a little havoc, but he couldn’t cause
enough. Swansea are 3-1 on to
drop to the Championship after
seven seasons in the top flight,
and in honesty it is what their
performances over the season
deserve. Still, if it’s any consolation
to them, the neutrals among us
thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Results
Football
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City C
Man Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Everton
Leicester
Newcastle
Crystal Palace
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
West Ham
Southampton
Huddersfield
Swansea
West Brom R
Stoke R
P
36
36
37
36
36
36
37
37
36
36
37
37
37
36
36
37
36
37
37
37
W
30
24
20
21
21
18
14
13
11
11
10
10
11
9
9
7
9
8
6
6
D
4
5
12
8
6
6
12
10
11
8
11
11
8
13
11
15
9
9
13
12
L
2
7
5
7
9
12
11
14
14
17
16
16
18
14
16
15
18
20
18
19
F
102
67
80
68
61
72
35
43
49
36
43
43
44
33
45
37
27
27
31
33
Swansea
(0) 0 Southampton
Gabbiadini 72
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
P W D
L
F
Celtic C
36 24
9
3 73
Aberdeen
37 21
7
9 55
Rangers
37 21
6 10 71
Hibernian
36 18 12
6 56
Kilmarnock
36 15 10 11 48
Hearts
36 11 13 12 37
Motherwell
37 12
9 16 40
St Johnstone
37 12
9 16 41
Dundee
37 11
6 20 36
Hamilton
37
9
6 22 47
Partick
37
7
9 21 30
Ross County
37
6 10 21 39
A
26
28
38
32
34
48
37
55
54
46
55
60
63
47
67
55
56
54
54
67
GD
+76
+39
+42
+36
+27
+24
-2
-12
-5
-10
-12
-17
-19
-14
-22
-18
-29
-27
-23
-34
Pts
94
77
72
71
69
60
54
49
44
41
41
41
41
40
38
36
36
33
31
30
(0) 1
A
24
37
45
39
47
37
49
52
56
65
62
63
GD
+49
+18
+26
+17
+1
0
-9
-11
-20
-18
-32
-24
Pts
81
70
69
66
55
46
45
45
39
33
30
28
Aberdeen
McLean 14pen
17,745
(1) 1
Rangers
McCrorie 63
(0) 1
Hamilton
Imrie 82
2,367
(0) 1
St Johnstone
McMillan 65pen
Wotherspoon 80
(0) 2
Partick Thistle
3,320
(0) 0
Motherwell
Bowman 60
(0) 1
Ross County
(0) 0 Dundee
(0) 1
3,976
Murray 51
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
Selkirk 4 Edinburgh University 3
EA SPORTS LEAGUE OF IRELAND CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Cobh Ramblers 2 Longford Town 0; Dundalk 3 Bohemians 0;
Sligo 1 Waterford 0.
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 1
Liverpool Ladies FC 1 Manchester City Women 0
FRENCH COUPE DE FRANCE FINAL
Les Herbiers L Paris Saint-Germain L
Rugby union
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY WELSH PREMIERSHIP
Bargoed 24 Llandovery 47; Cross Keys 22 Llanelli 30;
Newport 16 Pontypridd 27.
Tennis
ATP & WTA MUTUA MADRID OPEN (Spain)
Men: First round: R Haase (Neth) bt Chung H (Kor)
6-2 6-0; L Mayer (Arg) bt F Fognini (It) 6-3 6-4;
P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Y Sugita (Jpn) 6-4 6-3;
R Bautista Agut (Sp) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4
6-4; E Donskoy (Rus) bt S Tsitsipas (Gre) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3);
J-L Struff (Ger) bt M Copil (Rom) 6-4 6-4; B Coric (Cro) bt
P Carreño Busta (Sp) 6-4 6-2; P Cuevas (Uru) bt J Sock (US)
6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-0; F Verdasco (Sp) bt P Lorenzi (It) 7-5 6-4;
A Ramos Viñolas (Sp) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 5-7 6-2 7-5;
R Harrison (US) bt G García López (Sp) 6-4 7-6 (9-7);
K Edmund (GB) bt D Medvedev (Rus) 6-4 6-0.
Second round: D Shapovalov (Can) bt B Paire (Fr)
7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4; D Lajovic (Ser) bt R Gasquet (Fr)
7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1); JM Del Potro (Arg) bt D Dzumhur (Bih)
6-3 6-3; M Raonic (Can) bt G Dimitrov (Bul) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Women: Second round: P Kvitova (Cz) bt M Puig (Pur)
6-3 7-6 (10-8); K Pliskova (Cz) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Sp)
7-5 6-2; S Halep (Rom) bt E Mertens (Bel) 6-0 6-3;
D Kasatkina (Rus) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 6-3 6-1; C Suárez
Navarro (Sp) bt E Svitolina (Ukr) 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4;
A Kontaveit (Est) bt A Sasnovich (Blr) 6-2 4-6 6-2.
Cycling
GIRO D’ITALIA
Stage 4 (Catania - Caltagirone; 202km): 1 T Wellens (Bel)
Lotto Fix All 5hr 17min 34sec; 2 M Woods (Can) EF
Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at same time; 3 E
Battaglin (It) LottoNL-Jumbo; 4 S Yates (GB) MitcheltonScott; 5 D Formolo (It) Bora-Hansgrohe all at same time.
Selected others: 30 C Froome (GB) Team Sky at 21sec.
General classification: 1 R Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing 14hr
23min 08sec; 2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Sunweb at 01sec;
3 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 17sec; 4 T Wellens (Bel)
Lotto Fix All at 19sec; 5 P Bilbao (Sp) Astana Pro at 25sec.
Selected Other: 20 C Froome (GB) Team Sky at 55sec.
Fixtures
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Chelsea v Huddersfield; Leicester v Arsenal;
Man City v Brighton (8pm); Tottenham v Newcastle (8pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Kilmarnock; Hearts v Hibernian
Scottish Championship play-off final
Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton
Scottish League One play-off final
Stenhousemuir v Peterhead
La Liga
Barcelona v Villarreal; Sevilla v Real Madrid
Coppa Italia Final
Juventus v Milan (8pm)
FA Women’s Super League
Chelsea v Birmingham (7pm); Everton v Yeovil (7pm)
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Swans are left
gasping for air
Gabbiadini’s
priceless
goal takes
Southampton
to the verge
of safety and
finally relegates
West Brom
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Former Chelsea players come
forward to back racism claim
Two white members of the
club’s 1980s youth setup
have spoken out in support
of allegations that the coach
Gwyn Williams was guilty
of horrific racial abuse
Daniel Taylor
Chelsea are facing more allegations
about a racism scandal involving
Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix after
the former youth-team footballers
who claim they were subjected to
horrific abuse received public backing from two of the white players who
were on the club’s books.
Grant Lunn and Gary Baker, who
both played in Chelsea’s youth setup in
the early 1980s, said they had decided
to come forward to speak about
Williams after reading the statement
the club’s former youth-team coach
released to the Guardian in March to
“deny all and any allegations of racial
or other abuse”.
Amid new evidence of “whitesagainst-blacks” training matches
and with Lunn remembering racism
as “the norm”, this newspaper can
also reveal that Chelsea are facing the
possibility of more widespread legal
action about the culture of “continued
racist bullying and abuse” that allegedly existed behind the scenes when
Williams, a key figure at Stamford
Bridge for 25 years, was prominently
involved in the youth system.
Four players have submitted legal
claims and a number of others have
contacted solicitors, with at least three
more cases pending. All the claims
relate to Williams but Graham Rix, a
former England international, is also
implicated in relation to his coaching
period with Chelsea’s youngsters in
the 1990s. As the Guardian reported
in January, one allegation is that Rix
threw a cup of hot coffee in the face
of one young black player, who claims
his confidence was shattered by the
racial abuse he encountered from his
coaches. Rix and Williams, who use
the same lawyer, have repeatedly
denied all the allegations.
At the weekend Lunn and Baker
met four of the players – among them,
two of their former team-mates – who
claim they were racially abused by Williams, including one who says he was
so traumatised by his experiences as a
teenager at Chelsea, from 1979-85, he
cannot even watch them on television
because of the flashbacks he suffers.
Lunn, a former goalkeeper, spent
four years at Chelsea before being
released at the age of 18 and moving
into non-league football, including
spells at Woking and Aldershot. “As
a group of kids, we probably became
used to hearing racist terms and insults
when we were at the club,” he said.
“One week there would be only one
or two, another day it may happen 10
times. It was the norm.
“I can remember how it affected
some of the lads. One of my teammates was repeatedly called racist
names by Williams and when we were
alone together he would confide in me
and say how he hated the way he was
being treated, the names he was called
and the way he was singled out time
and again because of his colour.
“Those boys had no support or
no way of challenging it. There was
nobody else to go to. They had to deal
with it and accept it. There was no
way anybody else would challenge
it on their behalf as their card would
have been marked. It was just the way
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