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Thursday 17 May 2018
telegraph.co.uk
No 50,695 £ 1.80
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& brutal
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Sport
Telegraph writers’ verdict
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Cup squad since 1958
B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
May ‘outguns’ Brexiteers with
plan for customs ties after 2021
NEWS BRIEFING
news
UK considers backing
out of US fighters deal
The Government is reconsidering a
multibillion-pound deal to buy the
latest US fighter jets in a row being
likened to the Westland helicopters
affair. Despite having purchased 48
F-35 aircraft at a cost of £9.1 billion, the
MoD is reconsidering its pledge to buy
a further 90, and examining the much
cheaper Eurofighter jets made by a
consortium which includes the UK,
The Daily Telegraph understands.
Page 5
By Steven Swinford and Peter Foster
THERESA MAY’S Government will tell
Brussels it is prepared to stay tied to the
customs union beyond 2021, as ministers remain deadlocked over a future
deal with the EU, The Daily Telegraph
has learnt.
The Brexit war cabinet this week
agreed on the “backstop” as a last resort to avoid a hard Irish border, having
rejected earlier proposals from the EU.
Ministers approved the plans on
Tuesday, despite objections from Boris
Johnson and Michael Gove. A pro-European Cabinet source said that the
news
Bercow avoids
bullying inquiry
John Bercow has been saved from an
official bullying inquiry after a handful
of MPs ignored calls from the Prime
Minister that the allegations made
against him be “properly investigated”.
Last night three MPs rejected an
application by the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards to
investigate the Commons Speaker
over claims he had breached the
members’ code of conduct.
Page 2
Foreign Secretary and Environment
Secretary were “outgunned” during
the meeting and reluctantly accepted
the plans.
The Brexit sub-committee agreed
that Britain would stay aligned to the
customs union if highly complex technology needed to operate the borders
was not ready. Officials have warned it
may not be in place until 2023.
Government sources said that the
Irish “backstop” would be strictly
“time-limited” and would allow Britain
to implement non-EU trade deals.
However, Eurosceptics raised concerns that it could lead to Britain being
tied to the customs union indefinitely.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “The risk of the
Government using all its mental energy on the fallback position is that it
creates a position that is more attractive than a permanent deal.
“We have gone from a clear end
point, to an extension, to a proposed
further extension with no end point.
The horizon seems to be unreachable.
“The bottom of the rainbow seems
to be unattainable. People voted to
leave, they did not vote for purgatory.”
Earlier this year, the EU tabled a
backstop option that said that Britain
must maintain “full alignment” with
the single market and the customs union to avoid a hard border. On Tuesday,
the Brexit war cabinet agreed to put
forward a new version of the backstop,
which would remove the reference to
the single market but keep Britain
aligned to customs union rules.
The Cabinet source said that Mr
Johnson, Mr Gove and David Davis had
made clear their objections. However,
the Brexit Secretary was reassured
after securing improvements, while
other Eurosceptics eventually decided
to “swallow” the proposal. Senior EU
sources said that Britain would have to
agree to remain temporarily in a cus-
toms union to secure progress in talks.
This would keep the whole of the UK
within the EU “customs territory” for a
temporary period, avoiding Northern
Ireland being under a separate regime.
“Arguably, the only thing that she
[Mrs May] needs is a political declaration which is convincing enough that it
means that the backstop is not likely to
be used,” said an EU source.
Last night, peers were accused of
causing “irreparable damage” to the
House of Lords after they defeated the
Government for the 15th time and attempted to bind Britain to EU rules on
the environment.
Dress rehearsal
‘Could we give the
East Coast franchise to
Harry and Meghan as
a wedding present?’
news
The Government is to renationalise
the East Coast main line following the
“failures” of the private operators
Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, which
admitted they could not afford to keep
running it but will still be able to bid
for new franchises. It will become the
London and North Eastern Railway.
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Windsor schoolchildren enact their own royal wedding procession on the Long Walk, with the ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’ leading the way. Yesterday Meghan Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys were revealed Reports: Page 3
University chief in scientific fraud scandal ‘Defence needs NHS budget’
By Camilla Turner education editor
A LEADING university has become
embroiled in a research scandal after
an inquiry found that scientific papers
published over 11 years had been doctored.
Prof David Latchman, Master of
Birkbeck, and one of the country’s
prominent geneticists, is accused of
“recklessness” by allowing research
fraud on his watch at University Col-
lege London’s Institute of Child Health.
UCL undertook a formal investigation
after a whistleblower alleged fraudulent research in dozens of papers published by scientists at the institute.
A panel of experts was set up to investigate the claims and their findings
were reported earlier this year, but had
not been made public.
The panel found that two scientists
– Dr Anastasis Stephanou and Dr Tiziano Scarabelli – were guilty of miscon-
duct by manipulating images in seven
published research papers. Prof Latchman, former dean of the Institute, is
cited as an author on all seven papers.
In one, published in the Journal of
the American College of Cardiology, the
panel said there was “clear evidence” of
cloning, where parts of an image were
copied and pasted over the same image. Elsewhere in the research, an image from a paper published a decade
Continued on Page 2
By Anna Mikhailova
Political corresPondent
BRITAIN should spend as much on the
Armed Forces as it does on the NHS, the
defence minister has said, warning that
the UK is taking “security for granted”.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Tobias Ellwood said Britain’s
military capability was more important
than ever at such a “dangerous” time,
with Russia and China “rewriting the
rule book” – and that once it was reduced, “you never get it back”. The
minister said that during the Cold War
the government gave equal weight to
both budgets. However, health spending now makes up 9.8 per cent of national income, while defence spending
accounts for just 2 per cent.
He said: “You go back to the Seventies and Eighties and there was a parity
between defence spending compared
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Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Bercow spared inquiry into bullying
By Harry Yorke
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
JOHN BERCOW has avoided an official
bullying inquiry after a handful of MPs
ignored calls from the Prime Minister
that the allegations made against him
be “properly investigated”.
Last night parliamentarians expressed their anger after three MPs rejected
an
application
by
the
Parliamentary
Commissioner
for
Standards to investigate the Speaker
over claims he had breached the members’ code of conduct.
Kathryn Stone, the Commissioner,
had formally requested that she be allowed to delve into the allegations after
receiving a written letter of complaint
from Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire.
Mr Bridgen’s letter, seen by The
Daily Telegraph, called on Ms Stone to
investigate the allegations made by former employees and a colleague.
She had previously come under
pressure to act when Downing Street
officials revealed that Theresa May was
concerned by the reports and expected
to see efforts taken to investigate.
But in a move that has provoked outcry in Westminster, a committee of just
five MPs was able to reject her request,
meaning there will be no further action
taken against Mr Bercow. While two of
the MPs on the Committee on Stand-
ards – Bridget Phillipson and Gary
Streeter – agreed to sanction a probe,
Sir Christopher Chope, John Stevenson
and Kate Green rejected it.
The decision marks the second occasion that Mr Bercow has swerved an
investigation into his conduct.
Last month, an independent inquiry
into bullying in Westminster, established in the wake of claims against the
Speaker, was limited so as not to include allegations against individuals.
It comes two weeks after Angus Sinclair, Mr Bercow’s former private secretary, broke his silence and the terms
of an £86,000 settlement to accuse the
Speaker of bullying behaviour.
He was joined by David Leakey, the
former Black Rod, who said that Mr
Bercow had frequently flown into “intemperate outbursts”.
Separately, friends of Kate Emms, Mr
Sinclair’s successor, alleged that the
Speaker’s alleged behaviour towards
her had resulted in her signing off
work sick and later being moved from
his office.
The Speaker strenuously denies all
allegations levelled against him.
Speaking to The Telegraph last night,
James Duddridge MP claimed that the
committee’s actions meant that Mr Bercow was now “beyond reproach”, adding that it was “untenable” that they
had been unwilling to permit Ms Stone
to probe “the veracity of the claims”.
Commission to
investigate four
big employers
over sex abuse
Welcome back
Owen Paterson
returned to the
House of Commons
yesterday after a
riding accident in
January left him in
hospital. The
Conservative
former
environment
secretary broke
three vertebrae
when he fell from
his horse and
previously said he
felt “lucky to be
alive”. He thanked
the Midland Centre
for Spinal Injuries
for helping him
recover.
FIONA HANSON FOR THE TELEGRAPH
By Olivia Rudgard
SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
FOUR major employers face a landmark legal action over the sexual harassment of staff, the Equality and
Human Rights Commission has said.
Organisations in the legal and education sectors could be subject to an official investigation after staff complaints.
The announcement comes after the
commission’s report this year that
found “corrosive” working cultures
had silenced victims and normalised
harassment. The identity of the employers is not yet known but The Daily
Telegraph understands they are highprofile within their sectors.
The EHRC has launched only one
other investigation in the past few
years, reporting on unlawful harassment, discrimination and victimisation
of black, female and gay police officers
in the Metropolitan Police. Enforcement action could end in a court case
and fine if employers fail to comply
with commission recommendations.
One of the current cases came to
light after a woman handed the commission a dossier, while three other
cases were raised by solicitors who notified the EHRC of the sexual harassment of victims they were representing.
Elizabeth Prochaska, the commission’s legal director, said: “It’s hard for
us to get our hands on evidence. Victims of harassment are not coming to
us in significant numbers.”
Speaking to MPs on the Women and
Equalities committee yesterday, she argued that women should not have to
“endure a protracted legal process in
order to get access to justice in order to
remedy a terrible situation at work”.
She said policymakers needed to lift
the “crushing burden” of whistle-blowing off individual women.
The revelation follows the “Me Too”
movement, which prompted women
and men to speak up about sexual harassment. Sue Coe, a colleague on the
commission, added that employers had
been unprepared for “Me Too”, which
had caught them “flat-footed”.
Another MP, who wished to remain
anonymous, said: “The committee for
double standards – that’s what this
looks like. Their actions have diminished the reputation of Parliament and
I have no doubt that we are all diminished in the eyes of the public.”
Meanwhile, others expressed their
frustration that nine “lay members” of
the committee – who engage in discussions but lack any voting rights – were
not able to influence the outcome of
the vote.
Sir Kevin Barron, the chairman of
the committee, said: “My own personal
view is that it would be highly desirable for Parliament to confer full voting
rights on lay members.”
Air passengers warned
against bringing food
Passengers have been advised by the
Government not to take their own
food on to planes, in a move likely to
delight high-charging airlines and
retailers.
Transport department guidance
states “food or powders should be
packed into hold baggage where
possible” as they “obstruct images at
X-ray or may be mistaken for
suspicious items”.
People will not be stopped from
taking food on board in hand luggage,
but the guidance says those who do
should “allow extra time at security”.
14 British tourists hurt
in Algarve lorry crash
Fourteen British holidaymakers have
been injured, including a nine-yearold girl, after their coach smashed into
the back of a concrete mixer lorry on a
motorway in Portugal’s Algarve region
yesterday morning.
Three are understood to be badly
hurt, with the other 11 suffering less
serious injuries amid reports the truck
spilt concrete into the bus. The ages of
the injured ranged from nine to 67.
The tourists were on their way from
a hotel in the resort of Praia da Rocha
to Faro Airport to catch flights home,
said police.
Carers being ‘penalised’
by loss of allowance
The ‘‘sandwich generation’’, who look
after elderly parents and young
children, are being penalised by a “cliff
edge” carers’ allowance, MPs have said.
Carers who look after a partner,
parent or disabled child currently lose
their full weekly carer’s allowance of
£64.40 if their earnings rise above
£120 a week, potentially creating a
disincentive to work.
Frank Field, the Commons Work
and Pensions Committee chairman,
said: “Ensuring work pays and that
employers adapt to accommodate
caring is not just good for the carers: it
is necessary for the whole economy.”
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Pensioner to face trial for
‘offensive’ emails to MPs
Head of Oxfam finally resigns in wake of ‘sex for aid’ in Haiti
By Harry Yorke
OXFAM’S chief executive has announced he will resign months after
refusing to step down over the Haiti
“sex for aid” scandal.
Mark Goldring last night confirmed
he would be stepping down at the end
of the year in order to make way for
fresh leadership capable of restoring
public trust in Oxfam in the wake of the
revelations.
His resignation comes after months
of intense pressure on the charity,
which has been banned from working
in Haiti after it emerged that aid workers had engaged in “sex parties” with
prostitutes in the aftermath of the 2010
earthquake.
Mr Goldring has faced fierce criti-
cism over his handling of the crisis,
which saw thousands of Oxfam’s supporters cancel their donations and the
Department for International Development threaten to pull state funding.
He was also forced to apologise to
MPs when, days before being summoned before the Commons international development committee, he said
the backlash against the charity was as
bad as if it had “murdered babies in
their cots”.
Despite facing calls to resign, he had
until yesterday refused to do so. Instead, Penny Lawrence, the charity’s
deputy chief executive, admitted “full
responsibility” for the failure to act
over reports of misconduct by its workers. She resigned from the £99,000 a
year role in February.
‘Doctored papers’ embroil University College London in fraud scandal
Continued from Page 1
earlier was also used. In another paper,
an image was “cropped and flipped”
before being used again in the same research. Images were found to have
been “intentionally” manipulated in
several other papers.
The report found that Prof Latchman was “insufficiently attentive” in
his oversight of the institute which “allowed” the conduct to continue.
The panel concluded that while Prof
Latchman had “no intention” to commit fraud, his “failure” to manage the
laboratory appropriately, as well as his
involvement as an author on the publications, amounted to “recklessness”.
They went on to say that his behaviour “facilitated” the research misconduct identified in the investigation. Prof
NEWS BULLETIN
Prof David
Latchman was said
to be guilty of failing
to manage the
laboratory
‘appropriately’
Latchman was institute dean before becoming master of Birkbeck, in London,
in January 2003, but continued to hold
a full-time position at the institute.
The Institute, along with its clinical
partner Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children, is responsible for the largest concentration of children’s health
research in Europe. Allegations of possible research fraud at the Institute first
surfaced in 2013. An initial 20-month
inquiry found in 2015 that Prof Latchman had “no case to answer”. But UCL
ordered a fresh investigation after a
whistleblower made a series of allegations of misconduct by scientists.
Researchers are under intense pressure to publish research papers that
raise the status of their department and
secure funding or research grants.
A panel of three professors was set
up in May last year to investigate allegations in respect of 32 papers published between 1990 and 2013 by
scientists at the Institute.
In 25 cases, the inquiry found there
had not been research misconduct, but
in the seven others, it said there was
evidence of fraud. Prof Latchman said
he had “no idea” that images were being manipulated and “regret[s] that an-
yone at the relevant time would do
such a thing”. He added: “I am pleased
that the UCL investigation has confirmed that I had no knowledge of the
image manipulation, let alone any improper intent, although I do take issue
with its conclusions in relation to the
supervision of research.”
A UCL spokesman said the university
was “committed to maintaining and safeguarding the highest standards of integrity” and “take[s] any allegations of
research impropriety very seriously”.
He added: “We have rigorous systems in place to ensure all allegations
are investigated thoroughly. UCL’s internal processes in relation to the matter are ongoing and certain papers
related to investigations in this area
have recently been the subject of retrac-
tion notices. We do not intend to comment further on the matter at this time.”
Sir Harvey McGrath, the chairman of
Birkbeck governors said: “This matter
does not relate to Professor David
Latchman’s leadership of Birkbeck,
which has been excellent.
“Furthermore, UCL’s investigation
confirmed that in his research role at
UCL, Professor Latchman was not involved in, and had no knowledge of,
the image manipulation identified.”
Dr Stephanou said he “disagreed”
with the findings and was not responsible for any research misconduct. He
said although he was cited as a co-author, he “did not produce or prepare
any of the images the panel flagged.
Dr Scarabelli did not respond to requests for comment.
A 72-year-old has been charged with
sending offensive emails to six proRemain MPs in December last year.
David William Hall, of
Wolverhampton, is accused of sending
offensive messages to MPs including
former attorney general Dominic
Grieve and Labour MP David Lammy.
He is set to appear at Walsall
Magistrates’ Court for trial in June.
Hunt for owners of horse
left bleeding on roadside
Hit-and-run carriage riders who left a
horse bleeding on the side of the road
are being hunted by the RSPCA.
The horse had been pulling a trap
and was part of a procession of other
carriages in the West Midlands on
Sunday. Members of the public were
left to help the animal, which was
“bleeding profusely”.
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Jessica Mulroney,
right, a fashion
stylist and close
friend of Ms Markle,
with her daughter
Ivy and sons Brian
and John; and the
Duke of Cambridge
with Prince George
and Princess
Charlotte. Each of
the children are part
of the bridal party
Overawed? Not the
young social media
stars in bridal party
Harry and Meghan to walk
down aisle accompanied by
clutch of children already
used to the limelight
By Hannah Furness
ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH; INSTAGRAM
WHEN the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge married, one
little
bridesmaid
stole the show,
moodily covering
her ears from the
noise of the crowd.
When
Prince
Harry and Meghan
Markle tie the knot on
Saturday, they are unlikely to see a repeat
of such scene-stealing
antics
after
choosing children
who are more than
used to the limelight.
The 10 girls and boys
who will take a starring
role in the royal wedding include Prince
George and Princess
Charlotte and a host of
Americans who are already social media stars.
Jessica Mulroney
and Benita Litt, Ms
Markle’s friends,
will watch proudly
as five of their children take
roles in the bridal party, join-
Bride’s outspoken
half-sister still
seeks own role
Samantha Grant hasn’t
been invited ... but hasn’t
given up hope of an
audience with newly-weds
By Hannah Furness
SHE has orchestrated a string of critical interviews, refused a Palace plea for
her discretion, and claimed responsibility for the photoshoot that brought
the royal wedding into the headlines
for all the wrong reasons.
But Meghan Markle’s estranged halfsister has not yet given up hope of seeing the bride in person for her wedding.
Samantha Grant, whose father is yet
to confirm whether or not he will be at
Ms Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry,
has said she would still like to give a
“sentimental” wedding present to the
couple in person, despite not being invited to Windsor Castle.
Thomas Markle, her father, is allegedly undergoing medical treatment for
a heart condition which, in the most
recent of many pronouncements, he
has said will leave him unable to travel
to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Kensington Palace has not commented on the claims, with observers
left mystified over this week’s rapidly
developing events.
Yesterday, Doria Ragland, Ms Markle’s mother, flew into London to be by
her daughter’s side, in a planned trip
that now takes on extra resonance.
Ms Ragland will provide welcome
support for the bride-to-be, whose
paternal family have caused major disruption this week. She will meet the
Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of
Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge ahead of the
wedding, and is expected to go alone
instead of with her ex-husband.
Ms Grant, meanwhile, undertook
another round of media interviews, in
which she appeared on Australian television and spoke directly to TMZ.
Asked whether the Palace had ever
requested her discretion during an
appearance on Sunrise television, Ms
Grant disclosed: “Early in the year, we
were asked not to speak to the public,
but I’m pretty adamant about it.”
Referring to Ms Markle, she told
TMZ: “There’s something in this country called freedom of speech. She
doesn’t have a copyright on that and
she’s not going to tell me that I can’t
speak about my own life and my
‘This is not Great Britain
and I am a US citizen and
she’s way out of her league
by telling me I can’t speak’
father’s when it’s a matter of public
self-defence.
“This is not Great Britain and I am a
United States citizen and she’s way out
of her league by telling me I can’t
speak.” Ms Grant, along with her
brother, Thomas Markle Jr, have not
been invited to the wedding on Saturday and no longer have any relationship with Ms Markle.
Last night, the Markle family offered
a further flurry of updates. TMZ reported that Mr Markle had been in
touch to say his heart surgery had been
completed, while Ms Grant accused
Kensington Palace of abandoning him.
TMZ also claimed Ms Grant had suffered a broken ankle and fractured
knee in what her boyfriend called a
“paparazzi confrontation” in Florida.
Prince expected to wear Corbyn blanks wedding
‘Blues’ of Royal Marines but chats to Charles
Prince Harry will wear the ceremonial
uniform of the Royal Marines on
Saturday, the regiment believes.
He will wear it as a mark of respect
to the regiment he took over as
Captain General from the Duke of
Edinburgh, his grandfather.
Palace officials will not confirm
what the Prince is to wear, but soldiers
of the Royal Marines who have
volunteered to provide a ceremonial
guard of honour understand he will be
wearing the same regalia, or ‘‘Blues’’,
as them on the day.
Jeremy Corbyn will not watch the
royal wedding, his spokesman has
said, as it emerged he met Prince
Charles yesterday for the first time.
It is understood that the Prince of
Wales scheduled the discussion as part
of his regular talks with politicians.
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said the
Labour leader would not watch the
royal wedding live on Saturday
because he is attending a conference
on economics.
But the spokesman added: “There’s
catch-up, isn’t there?”
Windsor homeless ‘can’t Mothers-to-be warned
afford to stay off streets’ to consult their midwife
Many homeless people in Windsor will
not take up charity accommodation
because they need to make money on
the streets, it has been claimed.
Michael Longsmith, 42, of The Ark
Project, said the charity had a bus with
10 beds and a kitchen ready for those
who need it but he added: “They can
come on board, but a lot of them won’t
because they need to make money.”
A spokesman for the Royal Borough
said all those who were homeless and
had a local connection had been
offered safe places to stay.
Pregnant women in Windsor have
been warned the wedding may disrupt
their plans for giving birth.
Officials have said the crowds
expected to descend on the Berkshire
town will make getting to hospital
difficult and told expectant mothers
close to their due dates to contact their
midwife. They also advised residents
to stock up on essential medicines as
the crowds will make reaching a
pharmacy impossible. More than
60,000 people are expected to travel
to Windsor by train alone.
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Pride and sadness in remembering Dambusters
Anniversary symbolised at
Bomber memorial by 53
pairs of gloves for those
who died, writes Joe Shute
T
“The extraordinary achievement of
what they did and the ingenuity of the
bouncing bomb somewhat swamped
the fact 53 young lads died on the raid,”
says Steve Darlow, a Bomber
Command historian and ambassador
for the RAF Benevolent Fund that
arranged yesterday’s event. “The raid
was a huge morale boost for Britain.”
The heroism of the men of 617
Squadron was seized on by wartime
propagandists and immortalised in the
1955 film The Dam Busters. Yet official
recognition of their sacrifice has been
difficult. The memorial to the 55,573
airmen of Bomber Command killed in
the war was only opened by the Queen
in 2012 after years of campaigning and
a nationwide fundraising effort.
Squadron Leader George “Johnny”
Johnson, 96, the sole surviving British
Dambuster, continues to petition for
the men of Bomber Command to be
awarded a medal, rather than the
bronze clasp they received in 2012. But
according to Mr Darlow, recent years
have witnessed a “swell of public
recognition” for their bravery.
The service in London yesterday
was meant to have coincided with a
fly-past by a Lancaster through the
Derwent Valley, where the bombs
designed by Sir Barnes Wallis were
tested before the raid. Sadly a thick
bank of cloud over the Peak District
forced its cancellation.
In a separate event last night at RAF
Cosford in the West Midlands, 19
groups of seven people, representing
the Lancaster bombers and their
crews, marched around the airfield
between 9.28pm and 6.30am to mark
the duration of the Dambusters raid.
A minute’s silence was held eight
times – at the moment each of the lost
bombers had been downed.
Among those marching was Chris
Henderson, 73, whose father Bob was a
History in the making Squadron’s dog to keep its name
The name of the
dog featured in
The Dam Busters
will not be
altered when a
restored version
of the 1955 film is
screened in
cinemas across
the country, to
preserve
“historical
accuracy”, the
distributor has
confirmed.
The film
features a black
Labrador, the
mascot for RAF
617 squadron,
called N-----.
The war film by
director Michael
Anderson will
play unedited in
400 cinemas
tonight to mark
the anniversary
of the 1943
Dambuster
mission. A
statement from
Studiocanal
noted: “While
we acknowledge
some of the
language used in
The Dam Busters
reflects some
historical
attitudes which
audiences may
find offensive,
for reasons of
historical
accuracy we
have opted to
present the film
as it was
originally
screened.”
The screening
is accompanied
with a talk by
Dan Snow, the
historian, who
recounts the
history of the
attack on the
Ruhr dams.
LEON NEAL/GETTY IMAGES; CHARLOTTE GRAHAM FOR THE TELEGRAPH; JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE TELEGRAPH
he Bomber Command
Memorial in Green Park
is designed so the sky
always appears open
above the bronze
sculpture of a seven-man
aircrew which forms its centrepiece.
At 8am yesterday, as a lone RAF bugler
signalled a minute’s silence by
sounding Last Post, shafts of weak
sunlight picked out something else
amid the memorial’s Portland stone
columns: 53 pairs of pale kid leather
flying gloves laid out on the floor.
Each pair represented one of the lost
men of 617 Squadron who 75 years ago
set off on what was widely considered
the most audacious and dangerous raid
in RAF history and who never made it
home.
On the evening of May 16, 1943,
19 Lancaster bombers took off from
RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire with
133 men on board. Their mission,
code-named Operation Chastise, was
to breach three of the largest dams in
the Ruhr region of north-west
Germany: the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe.
Their strategic importance meant
the Germans swaddled them in
torpedo nets and built steel and
concrete reinforcements. To attack
them was a desperate throw of the dice
at a time when the war hung in the
balance. But the pilots of 617 Squadron
were equipped with a secret weapon
– the bouncing bomb. The pilots flew
in three waves, the first led by Wing
Commander Guy Gibson; they
breached the Möhne and Eder dams
and badly damaged the Sorpe.
Mind your PMQs Jeremy ... just occasionally they’re worth reading out
h
Sketch
By Michael Deacon
P
ut Jeremy Corbyn in front of his
cheering fans, and he can talk
without notes until the cows
come home. Put him in front of the
Prime Minister, however, and it’s a
different story. His eyes almost never
leave his script. He ploddingly reads
out a question from the piece of paper
in his hand – and then, irrespective of
what Theresa May has said in reply, he
ploddingly reads out the next.
Some weeks he sounds so bored
that I wonder whether he’s even
listening to himself, let alone to Mrs
May.
Perhaps the Labour leader thinks
that, in the grand scheme of things,
PMQs just isn’t very important. Fair
enough. But his strategy is not without
risk. What if he reaches into his
pocket, produces the wrong piece of
paper – and reads out that, instead?
“Mr Speaker! Two pints almond
milk. One loaf sourdough. Two
packets Linda McCartney sausages.
One bag cat litter.”
(Mr Corbyn sits down to await Mrs
May’s answer. Diane Abbott prods him
in the ribs and hisses that he’s read out
the wrong piece of paper. Mr Corbyn
sighs, rummages in his pocket, and
produces another piece of paper.)
“Mr Speaker! TO DO. Ring grandson
re computer not working again. Order
organic fertiliser for marrows. Attend
rally in support of Peruvian butterfly
farmers. Tell Seumas to print out
list of questions for PMQs.” (Mr Corbyn
sits down to await Mrs May’s answer.
Diane Abbott kicks him on the ankle
and hisses that he’s read out the wrong
piece of paper again. Mr Corbyn sighs,
rummages in his pocket, and produces
yet another piece of paper.)
“Mr Speaker! Corbyn Attacked by
MPs Over Brexit. A group of moderate
Labour MPs last night accused Jeremy
Corbyn of secretly supporting a
so-called ‘hard Brexit’.
One backbencher said: ‘Surely by
now it’s obvious that the gibbering old
fraud is as big a Brexiteer as Jacob
Rees-Mogg. It beggars belief that
Remainers voted Labour last year
because they imagined Corbyn had
some cunning plan to stop Brexit. And
no, don’t print my name, or the
vindictive old goat will order his cult
to get me deselected.’”
Yesterday’s PMQs followed the
usual pattern. Still, Mr Corbyn did at
least read from the correct piece of
paper. Which was good, because for
once his team had supplied him with a
decent line.
“Mr Speaker!” read Mr Corbyn.
“When the Prime Minister said she
‘UK must spend as much on
Armed Forces as it does on NHS’
ments.” Mr Ellwood also spoke in support of Woody Johnson, the US
ambassador, who this week said Britain
should be ready to increase defence
spending to ensure its security – even
at the expense of other departments.
Tobias Ellwood, the
defence minister,
warns that once a
defence capability
is reduced, ‘you
never get it back’
Boosting the defence budget will bring
economic growth, which will “create
more money for other departments”,
Mr Ellwood argued.
He today unveils a memorial for victims of terrorism overseas. The Prince
of Wales will join him in opening the
tribute, called Still Water, in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffs.
The minister, who was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in
2005, hopes the memorial will help
counter the “twisted and barbaric”
message spread by extremists and to
create a “place of reflection” for the
families of victims.
He first proposed the memorial to
David Cameron following the death of
David Haines, the aid worker who was
beheaded by Islamic State in 2014. “I
realised his family will have no grave to
mourn him, there will be no place to
put flowers on, there will be nowhere
to reflect on his life,” Mr Ellwood said.
Each year, he takes his sons to place
flowers on his brother’s grave each
year on his birthday. Jonathan Ellwood
was killed in the Bali bombing in 2002.
Last year, Mr Ellwood was praised
for his heroism during the terrorist attack on Westminster, when he tried in
vain to save the life of PC Keith Palmer
after he was stabbed on duty at the
gates of the Palace of Westminster.
Government to pay
£400m to replace
‘Grenfell cladding’
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with health and education – and today
we have dropped back to 2 per cent.
“The Government often does what
people call for. If people call for more
money for schools and hospitals, that is
often where the money flows. It is important we raise the profile of the dangers of reducing our defence posture.
Once you lose it, you will never get it
back. I am deeply concerned we have a
nation which is fully appreciative of
our Armed Forces but which takes our
security for granted.
“The world is getting more dangerous. Britain must be able to step forward – we will only do that if we invest
in the full spectrum of capabilities.
That is why we must increase our defence spending.”
He did not specify what the budget
should be, jockingly saying: “the civil
servants would kill me”, but he added:
“We cannot continue with our defence
posture under the current arrange-
wanted ‘as little friction as possible’,
was she talking about EU trade – or the
next Cabinet meeting?”
Mrs May smiled tartly, then hit back
with a scripted joke of her own. It was
about Mr Corbyn’s call to trigger
Article 50 the day after the
referendum – before a plan had been
drawn up for the talks.
“He wouldn’t even have had a white
page,” she cawed, “let alone a White
Paper!”
Triggering Article 50 without
adequate preparation. Imagine that,
Mrs May.
In the bag Vince Cable shops in Catford Market at the
launch of the Lib Dem Lewisham East by-election campaign.
THE Government will fully fund the
removal and replacement of dangerous
cladding materials from tower blocks
by councils and housing associations,
Theresa May has said.
Mrs May told MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions that the work would
cost an estimated £400 million.
The Prime Minister said that since
the Grenfell Tower blaze last year, the
fire and rescue services had visited
more than 1,250 high-rise buildings
and immediate action had been taken
to ensure the safety of every resident.
Of the 210 households in need of a new
home in the wake of the fire, 201 had
accepted an offer of either temporary
or permanent accommodation.
The announcement came as Labour
prepared to use a Commons opposition
day debate to press ministers on
detailed demands on building safety.
John Healey, the shadow housing
secretary, said: “More than 11 months
on, the time for warm words is long
past, and people are rightly asking why
so little has changed since the fire.”
**
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5
75 years on New Westland affair for May as Defence
‘The
ingenuity of
the bouncing
bomb
somewhat
swamped the
fact that 53
young lads
died on the
raid’
flight engineer in 617 Squadron and in
the first wave of bombers, in an aircraft
piloted by Dave Shannon.
Bob was 22 at the time. He survived
the raid and the war and died in 1961.
“He never spoke about the
Dambusters,” recalls Mr Henderson.
“So many of them never did.”
Commemorations culminate tonight
with a gala screening at the Royal
Albert Hall of The Dam Busters, which
will be screened simultaneously in
400 cinemas nationwide.
Among the guests will be Elisabeth
Gaunt, daughter of Wallis. The
85-year-old, from Dorking, Surrey, still
has the toy marbles that provided her
father with the inspiration for the
bouncing bomb. Despite the triumph of
his invention, she says her father
remained haunted by the raid.
“He thought of it with a great
sadness,” she says. “Because of the men
who didn’t return.”
Clockwise from left,
Squadron Leader
George ‘Johnny’
Johnson, Britain’s
last surviving
Dambuster; an RAF
Typhoon flies over
the Derwent dam in
Derbyshire after a
Lancaster fly-past
was cancelled; gloves
laid out at the
Bomber Command
Memorial; the
breached Eder Dam
Use your home to pay
care costs, elderly told
By Steven Swinford
DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR
PENSIONERS who own
homes without mortgages
should be made to draw
money from their property
to invest in a new national
care fund, Theresa May’s
former deputy says today.
Damian Green, the former
first secretary of state, will
say that the key to tackling
the social care crisis lies in
unlocking “housing equity”
worth £1.7 trillion.
He will propose that over65s should use equity release schemes to pay a
compulsory “care insurance
fee” of around £30,000.
National Insurance contributions of those aged over
40 would also go into the
fund.
Those who are unem-
ployed or still have substantial mortgages on their
properties would have their
fee met by the taxpayer.
Mr Green will say that the
approach will lead to a
“fairer” care system that will
stop people’s care costs from
wiping out their inheritance.
He will say in a speech
hosted by the Reform think
tank and Age UK: “We all believe that the care system
needs more money and that
contributions should be
fairly distributed.
“The idea of compulsory
insurance is one we all accept as fair. But different
generations can pay their insurance premium in different ways.
“This is a long-term solution which would ensure
fairness between the generations.”
Labour say they would
close detention centres
By Sophie Jamieson
LABOUR has announced
plans to close two major
detention centres and axe
migration targets to stop the
Government’s “hostile environment” policy for illegal
immigrants.
Diane Abbott, the shadow
home secretary, said Labour
would shut Yarl’s Wood in
Bedford and Brook House
near Gatwick Airport, and
ban private companies from
taking on future contracts to
run immigration centres.
Speaking at the IPPR
think-tank in London, Ms
Abbott said Labour would
end indefinite detention.
Labour would also make
immigration officials prove
people were in the country
without permission before
they could be removed. Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, said powers of
detention were a “vital tool”
against illegal immigration.
Secretary favours European jets over US
By Dominic Nicholls
DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT and
Robert Mendick CHIEF REPORTER
THERESA MAY is under pressure to
row back on a multibillion-pound deal
to buy new generation US fighter jets in
a row likened to the Westland affair.
The Government is committed to
buying 138 F-35 fighter aircraft from US
manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The
Ministry of Defence (MoD) has so far
bought 48 aircraft at a cost of £9.1 billion but is now reconsidering its pledge
to buy a further 90.
Instead it is looking at purchasing
Eurofighter jets, made by a European
consortium that includes the UK, The
Daily Telegraph understands.
The European-manufactured jets
are currently, on best estimates, about
the half the price of an F-35.
Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is publishing a defence review
in July, which may cast doubt on the affordability of the further 90 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the most expensive but
technically advanced fighter jet in history. He has also launched a Combat
Aircraft Industrial Strategy, due in the
summer, which is set to decide the balance of future spending on jet fighters
– and whether the UK goes for a pre-
dominantly European fighter, despite
Brexit, or a US-developed jet.
The simmering row has been likened
to the Westland affair that blighted Margaret Thatcher’s government and
forced the resignation of Michael Heseltine, the then defence secretary, who
insisted the UK should pick the Britishmade helicopter over a US model.
The purchase of the extra F-35s is expected to be raised by Donald Trump
when the US president meets Mrs May
next month. But Mr Williamson is understood to favour a European option
Performance comparison
Eurofighter Typhoon II
£87m
51,809lbs
Above 55,000ft
that would ensure the viability of a
joint European jet fighter business until 2050 at least.
The Prime Minister will come under
pressure to pick a side.
In the past week, Woody Johnson,
the US ambassador, has briefed on the
“amazing” US aircraft while pointing
out that some components are manufactured in Britain by BAE Systems, providing thousands of jobs and an estimated
£13 billion to the UK economy.
The MoD made the commitment to
buy 138 F-35s in its Strategic Defence
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Cost of each aircraft
£190m
Maximum takeoff weight
70,107lbs
Maximum altitude
60,000ft
Mach 2.0 (1,535mph)
Speed
Mach 1.6 (1,200mph)
750 nautical miles (863miles)
Range
1,200 nautical miles (1,380miles)
27mm cannon, 16,535lbs payload
Armament
25mm cannon, 17,990lbs payload
‘We are
sceptical
about the
viability of
all 138
aircraft.
Unless the
cost [comes]
down, the
F-35 will
suck up
funds’
and Security review of 2015 but it is negotiating with the Joint Programme Office, the US department in charge of
contracts, over the cost of the aircraft.
Mark Francois, a Conservative MP,
former defence minister and member of
the defence select committee, said: “We
are sceptical about the viability of all 138
aircraft. Unless Lockheed Martin can
bring the cost down, the F-35 will suck
up funds for other programmes.”
Mr Williamson announced yesterday that the first batch of four F-35s will
be delivered early by the US and will arrive next month. The stealth jets will be
based at RAF Marham in Norfolk but
made available for duty on HMS Queen
Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier.
The Eurofighter Typhoon, jointly
built by the UK, Germany, Italy and
Spain, is already in service with the
RAF but will require a mid-life upgrade
to compete with the F-35.
An MoD spokesman said it was too
soon to speculate on the review, adding: “The F-35 programme remains on
track and within budget, providing a
game-changing capability for our
Armed Forces. We continue to drive
down costs and remain committed to
purchasing 138 F-35 aircraft while British industry benefits from an order
book of more than 3,000 jets.”
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**
Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Cup hero Wilson
dies of dementia,
health scourge
of the 1966 team
RAY WILSON, who was one of four
players from England’s 1966 World
Cup-winning football team suffering
with Alzheimer’s or memory problems,
died yesterday at the age of 83.
Wilson was 69 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a disease that
Nobby Stiles and Martin Peters also
have. Jack Charlton is another of the
team now experiencing memory problems.
Following a Telegraph campaign
calling for research into the potential
link between football and neurological
disease, the Football Association and
the Professional Footballers’ Association agreed to fund a new study that
began earlier this year.
News of Wilson’s death emerged as
Gareth Southgate named his England
squad for this summer’s World Cup in
Russia. The FA said yesterday that it
was “shocked and saddened” at the loss
of another member of England’s most
iconic and successful team.
Bobby Moore, captain of the team,
had died of cancer in 1993 and Alan
Ball, the youngest player, died after a
heart attack in 2007.
Wilson was capped 63 times by England and played every match during
the 1966 World Cup finals. The leftback and oldest member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s England team, Wilson was still
living with Pat, his wife, in Yorkshire
and was a regular supporter of Huddersfield Town, the Premier League
club. He played more than 250 games
for Huddersfield before joining Everton, where he also won the 1966 FA
Cup. “In many people’s eyes, the best
English left-back ever,” said Jimmy
Greaves, his England team-mate.
“Goodbye, old friend.”
Sir Bobby Charlton, another England team-mate, said that he was
“deeply saddened by the awful news”
and described Wilson as “a great man,
an excellent team-mate and a close
friend”. Huddersfield Town said that it
was “devastated” by the news.
Wilson worked as an undertaker following his retirement as a player and
only received an MBE in 2000, 34 years
after the World Cup win.
Many other former professional
footballers have also been diagnosed
with neurological problems. George
Cohen, who played alongside Wilson in
the 1966 team, told The Telegraph that
the old leather balls would make him
feel sick when he headed them and
John Stiles, the son of Nobby, said that
the problem appeared almost “epidemic” among former players.
It is 16 years since Jeff Astle, another
former England international, died
from a type of dementia subsequently
proved to be caused by head trauma.
The Jeff Astle Foundation, which
was set up by the family after an inquest delivered a verdict of death by
“industrial
disease”,
has
been
approached by more than 350 families
of former footballers.
Obituary: Page 27
Sport: Pages 8&9
By Henry Bodkin
A PIONEERING cancer treatment
hailed as the future of oncology is significantly less effective for women than
for men, new research has revealed,
prompting accusations of sexism in
drug development.
A major review published in The
Lancet found immunotherapy to be, on
average, half as beneficial for female
cancer sufferers.
The family of drugs stimulates the
body’s immune system to destroy cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells
intact.
NHS patients with some lung, neck
and head cancers already have access
to the treatment and it is expected to
become available to many more categories of patient over the next few
years.
The analysis – the first of its kind –
found consistently better outcomes for
men taking the drugs than women,
possibly due to immune system and
hormonal differences.
‘Despite available evidence
on how drugs work, trials
testing new therapies rarely
take sex into account’
POPPERFOTO/GETTY IMAGES
By Jeremy Wilson
Cancer drugs
less effective in
women due to
‘sexist’ trial data
Ray Wilson, right, and Geoff Hurst lift England captain Bobby Moore as they celebrate victory in the 1966 World Cup final
Social care ‘broken’ Rise in needless hospital visits by dementia sufferers
‘Surprising’ findings Trips to the gym may be bad for declining faculties
Needless
hospital
admissions for
dementia
patients have
risen by more
than 73 per cent
over the last five
years because
social care is
“broken”, the
Oxford
University
researchers have
found that those
with mild to
moderate
dementia who
went to the gym
twice a week for
up to 90 minutes
went downhill
Alzheimer’s
Society has
warned.
The charity
sent Freedom of
Information
requests to 65
major English
hospitals to ask
about
emergency
admissions for
dementia
patients due to
potentially
avoidable issues
– including
dehydration,
delirium, falls,
urinary tract
and chest
infections – and
found that
admissions for
over-65s with
dementia rose
from 31,000 in
2011-12 to 54,000
in 2016-17.
It said that in
a similar period,
there has been a
40 per cent
budget cut to
councils, which
are responsible
for social care.
The society said
too many people
were left
“battling a
broken care
system”.
Laura Donnelly
slightly faster
than those who
abstained,
leading them to
conclude that
exercise should
not be
recommended
for people with
dementia. They
called for future
trials to
“consider the
possibility that
some types of
exercise might
worsen
cognitive
impairment”.
Commenting
on the study,
published in the
BMJ, Rob
Howard, of
University
College London,
said: “On this
basis, I don’t
think we should
ignore the
possibility that
exercise might
actually be
slightly harmful
to people with
dementia.”
Dr James
Pickett, of the
Alzheimer’s
Society, said:
“The results are
somewhat
surprising.”
Sarah Knapton
The authors found that key drug trials were more likely to have been populated by male than female participants,
but that doctors then applied the results equally across the sexes.
It means oncologists have been prescribing immunotherapy to women
based on safety and efficacy data gathered predominantly from men.
However, immunotherapy was still
found to be more effective for women
than traditional cancer drugs.
The researchers last night called for
front-line doctors to pay greater heed
to their patients’ gender when weighing up the risks and benefits of prescribing immunotherapy.
They also said future trials should include more women, to make the results
relevant to the whole population.
“Despite the available evidence on
the potential role played by sex in influencing how drugs work, trials testing
new therapies rarely take sex into account,” said Dr Fabio Conforti, from the
European Institute of Oncology.
On average, women mount stronger
immune responses than do men, which
results in more rapid clearance of pathogens.
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News
Laurel or
yanny? It
sounds like
an age-old
argument
By Sarah Knapton
SCIENCE EDITOR
NOT since the dress colour
illusion have we called into
question our own sanity and
judgment to such a degree.
A simple audio entry for
“laurel” on Vocabulary.com
left millions bewildered this
week because half of listeners insisted they could only
hear the sound “yanny”.
The global bafflement was
similar to that sparked by the
Roman
Originals
dress
posted on Twitter in 2015,
which many swore was
white and gold while the rest
said was black and blue.
But, unlike the dress illusion, scientists say the foursecond audio clip may reveal
far more about how people
perceive the world than they
realise. It might even signal a
generational divide.
“Stuff going on at a highfrequency range you would
get young people hearing,
and being influenced by
that, but not oldies,” said
Charles Spence, professor of
experimental psychology at
Oxford University.
Dr Hannah Critchlow, a
neuroscientist from Cambridge University, said: “The
brain is trying to make sense
of the world all the time and
everyone has a unique perception of what is going on
around them, and what they
see and hear.
“I have just been sent
flowers for my birthday and I
hear ‘laurel’ because my
mind is focused on those
flowers. Younger people can
also hear higher frequencies
so there could be something
in that too. There are probably several things going on.”
Scientifically, it is not actually an illusion at all, but
rather an “ambiguous figure”, in which the mind is
forced to choose between
two different states. It is the
auditory equivalent of Joseph Jastrow’s well-known
rabbit/duck illustration, or
Rubin’s vase, where the
brain interprets either a single vase or two faces.
In the word “laurel”, the
noises made by the throat
and mouth to produce the
sound are at two different
frequencies, creating the
ambiguity. A high frequency
is needed for ‘‘l’’ but a low
frequency is required for ‘‘r.’’
A spectrogram of the clip
shows that the sounds “laurel” and “yanny” are both
present, but at different ends
of the sound spectrum.
Young people find higher
frequencies easier to hear,
while people suffering agerelated hearing loss start to
lose the ability to hear
sounds around 4000HZ, exactly the frequency of the
“yanny” noise. So if you can’t
hear “laurel”, it could be a
sign of increasing years or
even hearing damage.
Likewise, because the
original audio clip is slightly
muffled it leaves room for individual interpretation.
The way people make
sense of sound is influenced
by what they hear regularly,
so people who have friends
called Danny or Annie would
likely pick up “yanny”.
Trevor Cox, professor of
acoustic engineering at Salford University, said: “If you
look at the spectrogram, you
can see both sounds are
there, on top of each other.
“So the sound that an individual picks up could be
based on sounds they hear
often, or how words are pronounced in their language
or dialect. Also if you have
noise-induced hearing loss,
you will struggle to hear
sounds in the middle of that
range so would only hear
‘laurel’. So if you struggle to
hear ‘yanny’, maybe you are
getting into that region of
hearing loss.”
Editorial Comment: Page 17
‘Sat nav for thieves’
switched off by eBay
EBAY has scrapped its locator map after customers
complained it was a “sat nav
service for thieves”.
Sellers of collection-only
items such as motorbikes
were surprised when they
discovered that the mobile
app allowed buyers to zoom
in to their homes.
Within hours of eBay being warned that the feature
would act as a guide for potential thieves, the company
announced that it was fixing
the function to stop buyers
pinpointing the location of
valuable items for sale.
A spokesman for eBay
said: “We are listening to
customers and investigating
a change so that full postcodes are not visible.”
These are thought to already be taking effect, with
some of the locations on motorbikes and cars having already been changed.
The adjustment will mean
the locator now only goes to
a random point in a broader
area, rather than a specific
postcode and house.
The function came to light
when Piston Addictz, an internet group for vehicle
fans, issued a warning on Facebook. They wrote: “Sellers
on eBay beware! eBay are
now giving out full postcodes and pin dropping your
location when listing a vehicle for sale!”
Dozens of followers left
comments, shocked at the
discovery. Phil Shaw said:
“Well done eBay, show all
the car thieves where our
cars will be!”
A search of a Suzuki motorcycle, priced at £850,
listed the “collection in person” area as Ipswich. However, when the location was
clicked on, the postcode and
quiet street where the item
was being sold was shown.
Last year, statistics from
the Office for National Statistics showed that car and motorcycle theft was on the
rise. There were almost
358,000 reported instances
of thefts from or of a motor
vehicle in 2014 alone. Since
then, the number of cars being stolen has risen by a staggering 30 per cent.
The Home Office predicted a total of 30,000 motorbikes would go missing
last year.
Zuckerberg to talk to
Brussels after UK snub
FACEBOOK founder Mark
Zuckerberg has agreed to
give evidence to the European Parliament, despite
turning down repeated requests from the UK to give
evidence to British MPs.
Antonio Tajani, the European Parliament’s president,
said Mr Zuckerberg would
meet political group leaders
and the chairman of the parliament’s civil liberties committee in Brussels to discuss
the use of personal data –
maybe as early as next week.
The billionaire social me-
dia tycoon has resisted repeated requests to answer
UK MPs’ questions in person, despite Damian Collins,
the chairman of the Commons culture committee,
warning that he could issue
a summons requiring Zuckerberg’s attendance next
time he is in the UK.
Both parliaments want to
question Mr Zuckerberg
about the alleged use of Facebook users’ personal information to target political
adverts in campaigns including the EU referendum.
BBC
Audio clip sends the
internet into a spin
as generations argue
over what they hear
Breaking news
Tracey Ullman,
pictured as Michael
Gove, will be
returning to BBC
screens for three
new episodes of
Tracey Breaks The
News next month.
With her distinctive
comic spin on the
headlines,
including her
impressions of
politicians and
celebrities, Ullman
will bring a new
take to the likes of
Jeremy Corbyn,
Angela Merkel and
Brigitte Macron.
She will also
introduce a new
double act
featuring Jacob
Rees-Mogg (Liam
Hourican) and his
long-suffering
Nanny.
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News
East Coast line to be renationalised for third time
By Jack Maidment
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
THE Government is to renationalise
one of Britain’s busiest railway lines for
the third time in just over a decade, and
the private operators who admitted they
could not afford to keep running it will
still be able to bid for new franchises.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, yesterday announced he was pulling the plug on the East Coast rail
franchise after a string of failures by
Stagecoach and Virgin Trains. But Mr
Grayling said they would not be barred
from bidding for new contracts because
he was “not in favour of punishing people for making a mistake”.
He also announced that East Coast
will be rebranded as the London North
Eastern Railway as part of a bid to rehabilitate the public image of a line that
suffered repeated failures over 10 years.
The decision to temporarily bring
the line back into public ownership is
politically embarrassing for the Govern-
Off track East Coast woes
1996 Great
North Eastern
Railway is
awarded the line
but later goes
bankrupt.
2007 National
Express East
Coast wins the
franchise but
also fails.
2009 East Coast
takes over, makes
a modest profit.
2015 Stagecoach
and Virgin
Group joint
contract begins.
June 2018 To be
renationalised.
ment, which has repeatedly defended
the private franchise model for the railways. It comes amid concern from Tory
MPs that Jeremy Corbyn’s call to renationalise the railways is getting through
to the electorate.
Mr Grayling said the current East
Coast contract would be terminated on
June 24 this year and the state would
temporarily take on responsibility for
running services. After 2020, the expectation is for the line to be operated on a
new public-private partnership model
which will involve “working with Network Rail to bring together the teams
operating the track and trains on the
LNER network”.
He defended the merits of the franchising model and rejected calls to punish Stagecoach and Virgin Trains. “The
railway has been well run, it has been
and continues to make more money for
the taxpayer and gets higher satisfaction
from customers. But there has to be a
consequence for failing to fulfil a contract and that is why they have lost this
contract.” Andy McDonald, the shadow
transport secretary, accused the Government of giving Stagecoach and Virgin Trains a £2 billion “bail-out”.
He said: “The Government’s incompetence has been disastrous for passengers and led to misery for millions.”
u A government funding row broke out
yesterday over a new “millennial railcard” for 26 to 30-year-olds, sparking
fears that it could be rejected.
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Vintage car racers
gassed and then
robbed in their
campervan
New timetable for
UK’s busiest train
network may ‘cut
services by a third’
u A trio of vintage car racers from
Britain have described being gassed
and robbed while camping near
Monaco.
Jim Timms, 81, had taken his
grandsons, Ben Wardle and Ricky
Tavis, both 30, to Monaco to race
their 1961 Formula One Cooper.
On their journey home, they had
camped overnight near Montpellier
when they were robbed. Mr Timms
had his watch taken from under his
pillow while a wallet, cards and
money were also stolen.
“We were all gassed,” said Mr
Timms, from Whitminster, Glos.
“Ben raised the alarm at about 4am.
He had to really shout to wake us up.
Ben was sick straight away and we all
had a dry mouth and a nasty taste in
our mouth when we woke up.
“Other people need to be aware
that this sort of thing is happening.”
Mr Timms said he called the
French police, but “they didn’t
understand us and they never came
out”.
“When we came home, we
researched what had happened and
it is not as rare as you may think,” he
added. “We believe that they
released the gas through the vent in
the camper to knock us out.”
uRail commuters face losing up to a
third of scheduled services under a
mass timetable shake-up, campaigners
have claimed.
More than four million trains will be
rescheduled from Sunday, in an
overhaul designed to increase overall
frequencies and reliability, but some
passengers will find their regular
journeys are no longer possible.
Departure times will change for
every train run by the UK’s busiest
franchise – Govia Thameslink Railway
(GTR) – which consists of Southern,
Thameslink, Great Northern and
Gatwick Express. There will be almost
400 additional GTR trains every day.
However, some passengers from
counties surrounding London say they
are about to be hit with fewer or
slower services. Emily Ketchin,
Harpenden Thameslink Commuters
group founder, claims the operator is
“slashing key Harpenden services by a
third”. She said: “This is going to have
a real impact on people’s ability to get
to work, especially working parents.”
GTR said: “We are introducing the
biggest ever change to rail timetables
to significantly boost capacity on the
UK’s most congested network. We
strongly advise passengers to look up
train times from May 20.”
H&H CLASSICS
Stirling service A 1965
Jaguar E-type once raced by
Sir Stirling Moss is expected
to sell for up to £130,000
when it goes under the
hammer at RAC Woodcote
Park, Surrey, on June 5.
Auctioneers H&H Classics
say the car was the first
E-type Moss drove
competitively, in the Manx
Mountain Challenge in
1991. Although he started
his career as a Jaguar works
driver, Moss had never
previously competed in
an E-type.
Dehydration may have led to scuba death Coffee voucher ‘bribes’ for flu jab nurses ‘Postnatal depression killed my husband’
u A British Transport Police officer
who died while scuba diving in Gran
Canaria might have lost her life
through being dehydrated after going
for a run, an inquest heard.
Justine Barringer, 44, from
Sittingbourne, Kent, had gone for a
40-minute jog the night before her
dive last September and possible
dehydration might have triggered
rhabdomyolysis, a form of muscle
damage, affecting organs such as the
heart and kidneys, the inquest heard.
She died after losing consciousness
while resurfacing. The UK inquest
concluded her death was accidental.
u Nurses have been given free Costa
Coffee vouchers as “bribes” to have
the flu jab, a conference heard.
One delegate at the Royal College of
Nursing said they felt “coerced” to
have the jab as NHS trusts sought to
boost uptake. At some organisations,
just one in three staff had the jab, with
one third of front-line health workers
failing to get the vaccination overall.
Jeanette Jones, a pandemic flu lead
from Bristol, said her hospital trust
had “managed to con Costa into giving
us vouchers for free coffee and tea” for
staff who had the jab. But she said it
“didn’t necessarily make a difference”.
u A scientist who killed himself was
suffering from postnatal depression,
his former wife has claimed – because
she suffered from it too when their son
was born five years ago.
Researcher John Clayton took his
own life at the age of 41 in November
2016 while studying for a PhD at
Cardiff University. Vicky Clayton, his
former wife, is now trying to raise
awareness, claiming that he had
struggled to get the help he needed.
Ms Clayton, 38, said: “Everything is
very much focused on mothers, as
you’d expect, but I wish there were
more pointers for men to access help.”
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9
News
‘Cowardly’ killer on run
after beating 85-year-old
widow to death in home
A forensics officer at the crime scene
She used to be a seamstress and to this
day she still made all her own clothes.
She used to press my clothes as well.
“My wife died a few years ago and
her husband died 11 years ago. We
helped each other through it.”
Freda Bridges, a pensioner who lives
on the same street as Ms Coleman, said:
“She was a very nice lady. She has a
very nice family, but they live a long
way away. The police have been here
Village bobbies
could be armed
in terror fight
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
RURAL police officers may
routinely carry guns amid
fears terrorists could strike
outside major cities, police
chiefs have announced.
Officers in isolated towns
and villages in areas such as
Devon, Cornwall and Cumbria could soon be issued
with guns, amid fears that
counter-terrorism officers
could take too long to arrive.
Each force can call on a
number of armed response
vehicles (ARVs) which patrol
24 hours a day and carry at
least two highly trained firearms specialists. But while
ARVs would be expected to
respond to a terror attack in
an urban area within 10 minutes, there is concern about
how quickly they could
reach an outlying area.
In addition, police chiefs
admit they have not recruited all of the extra 1,500
armed officers announced in
the wake of the Paris attacks
in 2015. The latest figures
show they are about 130
short of the target, with another 100 elite counter terrorist specialist firearms
officers (CTSFOs) needed.
Dept Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, the National Police Chiefs Council
lead on armed policing, said
routine arming of officers
was a possibility. He explained: “If there are gaps in
the amount of protection we
are able to deliver … then we
have to think of innovative
ways of filling those gaps.
Ideally it will be an ARV but
for a range of reasons the
ARV might not be the answer, so routine arming has
to be a consideration.”
u The number of county
130
The number of armed officers
required across the country to
bring forces up to full strength
lines drugs gangs operating
in the UK has risen fourfold
in four years, figures show.
BBC researchers found
there are more than 1,000
so-called county lines gangs,
which use children and
young people to run drugs
all over the UK via a network
of telephone numbers.
Chief Constable Mike Barton of Durham police said
10-year-olds were “the criminals of today” and warned a
fall in youth services had led
to increased violence on
British streets.
Manslaughter trial
halted as juror dozed
A MANSLAUGHTER trial
was delayed after an elderly
juror was caught snoozing
through proceedings.
Izabela Dauti, 39, went on
trial this week accused of
killing Malcolm Cox, 84, a
former sergeant major.
However, just seven hours
into the trial at Winchester
Crown Court, Hampshire, it
was brought to a halt after
barristers and the judge discovered a member of the
jury had dozed off.
It also emerged that the
male juror had asked his
neighbouring members to
keep an eye on him over
fears he might drift off.
Judge Jane Miller discharged the jury on the trial’s second day after she said
the juror spent “the majority
of the opening day asleep”.
Speaking to the juror,
Judge Miller said: “Not only
the fact that you were apparently asleep for the majority
of yesterday, we are concerned that you are not able
to give this case the attention
it deserved.”
However, the elderly
member refuted the claims
and told Judge Miller he was
not asleep but had in fact just
been closing his eyes.
He claimed he could give
the court a summary of the
case from what he had heard
so far. However, Judge Miller
rejected these claims. She
discharged the juror from
not only sitting on Ms Dauti’s
case but from any other jury
in the future.
The trial began again on
Tuesday after a new jury was
sworn in. Ms Dauti, of Andover, denies killing Mr Cox in
November 2016.
Man watched burglar
at work on live stream
A CAT burglar was seen raiding a home on a live stream
being watched by the homeowner who was abroad
while his children and their
nanny were hiding in the
property upstairs.
The raider left emptyhanded, but has stolen vintage
Rolex
watches,
jewellery, designer handbags and cash worth
£270,000 from four other
homes in west London.
In three of the burglaries,
the culprit entered the
properties by climbing to
The mystery
burglar,
pictured
here on CCTV,
struck in
March and April
windows up to four storeys
high. “This man certainly
isn’t scared of heights and is
fit and agile,” said Det Con
Eve Kelly.
“Could he be a scaffolder
or a builder, someone used
to working at height?”
all night and forensics, and the road is
closed. We used to get on the bus together and go into London. She was
still very active and used to clean her
windows and everything.”
Detectives appealed for any information about the incident after launching a murder inquiry yesterday. They
were called by paramedics at around
11.30am on Tuesday.
Ms Coleman, who had suffered serious injuries, was pronounced dead at
the scene. A post-mortem was expected
to take place today.
Det Insp Paul Considine, of the Met’s
Homicide and Major Crime Command,
said: “This is a despicable incident in
which the victim, an elderly lady who
lived alone, had been subjected to a
cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries. She was discovered by a
handyman working at the address.
“I want to ask anyone who saw or
heard anything suspicious to call police
immediately. It is imperative that we
find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”
By Francesca Marshall
METROPOLITAN POLICE/PA WIRE
AN 85-YEAR-OLD retired seamstress
was battered to death in a “despicable”
and “cowardly” attack in the bungalow
she had lived in for more than 40 years.
Rosina Coleman was found dead by a
handyman at her home in Ashmour
Gardens, Romford, east London.
Metropolitan police believe she had
been subjected to a “cowardly assault”
between 7.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday before being left to die alone. She
was found later in the day.
Following the attack, the killer fled
the scene and remains on the run.
Police said formal identification had
not yet been carried out but officers
were confident the body was that of Ms
Coleman, who had lived at the house
alone following the death of her husband a number of years ago.
Yesterday neighbours were shocked
upon hearing the news.
One friend, who did not wish to be
named, said: “Rose was an incredible
person. We were very good friends.
STEVE POSTON/LNP
By Francesca Marshall
Heavy burden
too much for
trekking horses
The body of Rosina Coleman, 85, was found by a handyman at her Romford home
A TREKKING centre on Dartmoor has
been forced to close because the horses
are struggling to carry the burden of
overweight riders, the owners have revealed.
The centre at Babeny Farm, Poundsgate, Devon, will cease trading on Sept
2 after the owner decided it was not fair
to place heavy riders on horses.
The announcement that it will halt
its treks comes just two months after a
British Equestrian Federation and
World Horse Welfare study found that
heavier riders impacted on a horse’s
gait and behaviour.
It suggested that heavier riders
should only mount a horse “of appropriate size and fitness”.
Dee Dee Wilkinson, the farm owner,
said the decision to stop the trekking
was partly due to an increase in heavier
riders, as well as high insurance costs
and other personal reasons.
“The horses are at an age where they
need replacing and getting those good
replacements can be difficult,” she said.
“We are finding increasingly that people are getting heavier, so we are unable to let them ride as it isn’t fair on the
horses.”
The farm, which has been in business for 35 years, has a rider weight
limit of 16st.
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The Daily Telegraph Thursday 17 May 2018
11
News
Comic writers
aren’t funny
enough to win
top prize
By Francesca Marshall
Sell without the stereotypes, advertisers told
By Katie Morley
Consumer AffAirs editor
ADVERTS portraying gender stereotypes such as women being bad drivers
and men not doing housework are to
be banned.
The Committees of Advertising
Practice (CAP), which regulate adverts
in the UK, have today laid out how new
rules designed to tackle harmful gender stereotypes are likely to be interpreted in practice.
Following a year-long inquiry, the
Advertising Standards Authority developed a set of tougher standards on adverts that portray “potentially harmful”
gender stereotypes.
Examples considered to be no longer
acceptable include new mothers having to keep up appearances, people
with certain physiques being rejected
on dates, and men being inept at performing “women’s tasks” like cleaning
or changing nappies.
It means Specsavers’s Lynx effect
parody advert and Asda’s 2012 Christmas advert would also be considered
problematic under the new rules.
Watchdogs insisted that the proposed changes does not mean that gender stereotyping is banned.
However, they appear to have
spurred a slew of politically correct advertising
campaigns,
including
McCain’s “here’s to love” campaign,
which depicts a diverse range of couples, and a Pampers advert that features a “super dad” and his “ninja”
daughter.
From next year, the new rules, which
will now be finalised by the CAP,
will be used to ban inappropriate adverts.
‘We’re proposing to tackle
harmful gender stereotypes
in ads while ensuring that
creative freedom continues’
Falling foul of new rules on adverts would
be Specsavers, top, and Asda, above
Ella Smillie, CAP gender stereotyping project lead, said: “Our review
strongly indicates that particular forms
of gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to harm for adults and children
by limiting how people see themselves
and how others see them and the life
decisions they take.
“The set of standards we’re proposing aims to tackle harmful gender
stereotypes in adverts while ensuring
that creative freedom expressed within
the rules continues to be protected.”
Shahriar Coupal, CAP director, said:
“Certain gender stereotypes have the
potential to cause harm or serious offence.
“That’s why we’re proposing a new
rule and guidance to restrict particular
gender stereotypes in ads where we believe there’s an evidence-based case to
do so.”
Off message Adverts that
send out the wrong signals
Tunnock’s
“Where do you
keep yours?”
Teacake advert
depicts a
revealing image
of a female
tennis player’s
legs.
Specsavers Lynx
effect parody
Shows women
in bikinis
running
towards a pale,
overweight man
spraying himself
with body
deodorant.
When the man
puts on his
unfashionable
glasses, the
women stop in
their tracks and
look at him in
disgust.
Asda’s 2012
Christmas
advert A mother
is depicted as
doing all the
housework
while the family
sit around and
open presents.
A COMIC fiction prize will not be announced for the first time in its 18-year
history as none of the novels made the
judges laugh.
The prize for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2018 is being withheld after the
judges decided that the 62 submissions
for the coveted prize fell short of the
necessary funny-factor.
There will therefore be no one joining the ranks of P G Wodehouse, or the
prize’s previous winners, such as Helen
Fielding, Michael Frayn, Howard
Jacobson, Marina Lewycka and Alexander McCall Smith.
David Campbell, judge and publisher of Everyman’s Library, said: “My
fellow judges and I have decided to
withhold the prize this year to maintain
the extremely high standards of comic
fiction that the prize represents.
“Despite the submitted books producing many a wry smile amongst the
panel during the judging process, we
did not feel than any of the books we
read this year incited the level of unanimous laughter we have come to expect.
“We look forward to awarding a
larger rollover prize next year to a
hilariously funny book.” Victoria Carfantan, director of Champagne Bollinger, said: “We are confident that
2019 will make for an exceptional crop
of hilarious submissions.”
It was announced earlier this month
that the Swedish Academy has postponed the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature in the wake of a scandal over
sexual assault allegations.
The crisis centred on the handling of
allegations
against
Jean-Claude
Aranaut, the husband of an academy
member, and led to her quitting along
with the institution’s head and four
other members. Arnault has repeatedly
denied all the allegations against him;
his lawyer saying he has become “the
victim of a witch hunt” and that the accusations “may have been made with
the sole purpose of harming” him.
Jan Etherington: Page 16
WannaCry hacking hero admitted writing bank malware, says US
By Margi Murphy
THE British computer expert who
helped shut down the WannaCry cyber-attack on the NHS admitted once
writing code that was used to harvest
bank details, according to documents
filed with a US court.
Marcus Hutchins is alleged to have
said in a phone call from prison that he
had written code as a teenager that was
used to create malicious software for
stealing banking details.
The 23-year-old from Ilfracombe,
Devon, has been accused of creating
and distributing malware known as
Kronos. He denies all six charges
brought against him but faces 40 years
in prison if convicted. His lawyers argue that details of the phone call are
inadmissible as evidence because he
had been “coerced” by investigators.
Mr Hutchins was arrested by FBI
agents in a first-class lounge at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
in August last year as he waited to fly
back to the UK after attending a com-
A bitter business – scientists find
inferior coffee in ‘superior’ blends
COFFEE drinkers are being conned by
suppliers fraudulently mixing inferior
beans into products labelled 100 per
cent arabica, scientists claim.
A study by British researchers testing a new and more accurate method of
gauging coffee quality examined coffee
on sale at shops and supermarkets.
They found that a tenth of high-quality products labelled “100 per cent arabica” contained significant levels of
inferior and cheaper robusta beans.
Arabica coffee trades at twice the price
because of its superior taste.
Finding rogue robusta, which has a
more bitter taste, in a sample labelled
arabica is not easy, especially after
grinding and roasting. The standard
technique detects the fingerprint
chemical 16-OMC, which is only found
in robusta coffee, but the process is
costly and takes three days, making
large-scale surveillance impractical.
The new method takes just 30 minutes and is sensitive enough to detect
1 per cent robusta in a blended coffee.
Dr Kate Kemsley, the lead scientist
from the Quadram Institute, formerly
the Institute of Food Research, said:
“This is an important milestone for detecting fraud in coffee, as 1 per cent is
the generally accepted cut-off between
trace contamination, which might be
21.7pc
The proportion of cheaper robusta coffee
beans found in one UK-bought coffee
sample claimed to be 100 per cent arabica
accidental, and more deliberate adulteration for economic gain.”
For the study, 60 different coffee
samples were purchased around the
world, including 22 from the UK. All
were tested for 16-OMC using the new
nuclear magnetic resonance technique, which employs radio waves and
strong magnetic fields to obtain
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head coaches
detailed information about a substance’s molecular composition. “It
was immediately obvious using our
test that there were several suspicious
samples, producing results that were
consistent with the presence of substantial amounts of robusta – far more
than would be expected through unavoidable contamination,” said Dr
Kemsley.
Two of the samples flagged as “suspicious” were bought in the UK. One contained 1.6 per cent robusta and the
other 21.7 per cent. Other UK samples
had notable levels of 16-OMC but fell
below the “suspicious” threshold.
Suspicious samples were also purchased from the US, Italy, France and
Estonia. One US sample was a third
robusta, despite being labelled 100 per
cent arabica.
The research, published in the journal Food Chemistry, was funded by the
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences
Research Council and had no support
from the coffee industry.
Grimshaw’s Radio 1
Breakfast Show hit
by audience slump
THE Radio 1 Breakfast Show has been
defended by BBC management after
figures showed that it had shed hundreds of thousands of listeners since
the start of the year.
The show, presented by Nick Grimshaw, has recorded its second lowest
audience figures since current records
began. The programme lost 600,000
listeners in the first quarter of 2018.
Grimshaw drew 5.1 million listeners
a week in the first three months of the
year, compared with 5.7 million a week
in the last quarter of 2017, according to
the audience research body Rajar.
Last year the show plunged to its
lowest listening figures since Grimshaw took over the slot, dropping below five million in the third quarter, the
first time in his five-year tenure.
Ben Cooper, the controller of BBC
Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, said:
“Radio 1 remains the biggest and most
relevant youth station in the UK, with
over a third of all 15- to 24-year-olds listening each week.”
Chris Evans also saw a drop in his listening figures in the first three months
of 2018, with his Radio 2 breakfast
show drawing 9.1 million a week, down
from 9.4 million.
puter security conference. Documents
lodged by US prosecutors on Tuesday
contain a transcript of a telephone call
made from jail hours after his arrest.
Mr Hutchins is alleged to have said:
“So I wrote code for a guy a while back
who then incorporated it into a banking malware, so they have logs of that,
and essentially they want to know my
part of the banking operation or if I just
sold the code on to some guy... once
they found I sold the code to someone,
they wanted me to give them his name,
and I don’t actually know anything
about him.”
Logs of an online chat also reportedly showed he had given “compiled
binary” to someone to repay a debt of
“about five grand”. It arose from a software glitch that meant Hutchins had
allegedly lost Bitcoins he was holding
on behalf of another person.
It was Hutchins’s quick thinking in
May last year that slowed the effects of
the WannaCry virus that hit more than
300,000 computers in 150 countries,
when he found a “kill-switch”.
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Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Whitney ‘abused as child by female cousin’
Film premiering in Cannes
alleges superstar singer
was sexually molested
by Dee Dee Warwick
By Harriet Alexander
WHITNEY HOUSTON was sexually
abused by her cousin, the late soul
singer Dee Dee Warwick, according to
a new documentary that premiered at
Cannes.
The film by Kevin Macdonald is the
story of the singer’s life, as authorised
by her family. Houston died in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel in February 2012, aged 48.
Gary Garland, Houston’s brother,
speaks of their childhood in the film,
Whitney, and says his greatest trauma
was being molested “by a female relative” between the ages of seven and
nine.
Houston’s aunt Mary Jones, who
found her body, says Houston told her
the same thing.
She recalls Houston saying: “Mary, I
was too. It was a woman.” Ms Jones,
asked if the person was named, replies:
“It was Dee Dee Warwick.”
Houston never told her mother
Cissy, out of fear of the repercussions.
“I think she was ashamed,” says Ms
Jones in the film.
Houston endured a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown from 1992 to
2007, which was notorious for violent
outbursts and abuse. Despite the marriage, Houston’s bisexuality has long
been rumoured in the music industry.
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source close to the Warwick family
said. “Not necessarily in public, but I
don’t think that was a secret within the
music industry. And that was a detriment to her development also, because
she didn’t hide it within the music
industry.”
It also brought her closer to Houston, the insider says. “Whitney felt
closer to Dee Dee by virtue of them
sharing a similar orientation. It is interesting that there is that connection.”
Dee Dee Warwick spent her last
years battling a lengthy narcotics
addiction and died in 2008, aged 63.
Ageism is ‘alive
and well’ in
Hollywood, says
Jane Fonda, 80
Italy’s potential
coalition wants
€250bn debt
written off
By Our Foreign Staff
By Nick Squires in Rome and
James Crisp in Brussels
POPULIST parties on the brink of
forming Italy’s new government discussed demanding a debt write-off of
€250 billion – virtually guaranteeing a
showdown with Brussels.
A leaked draft document drawn up
by the anti-establishment Five Star
Movement, suggested the two parties
try to form a coalition government after
10 weeks of post-election deadlock. It
would ask the European Central Bank
to write off 10 per cent of Italy’s debt.
The document debated scrapping the
euro – but the parties later said the draft
was “out of date” and had been changed.
But as the European Commission
warned Italy over the direction it was
heading, Mr Salvini denounced a Financial Times article claiming Italy was
on the brink. “The barbarians are not
merely massing at the gates of Rome.
They are inside the city walls,” it said.
Mr Salvini retorted: “Better a barbarian
than a slave that sells Italy’s dignity, future, businesses and even its borders.”
He also attacked Dimitris Avramopolous, the EU’s migration commissioner, who warned Italy not to alter its
refugee policy. Mr Salvini said money
spent on migrant centres would instead
pay to expel “thousands of criminals”.
Luigi Di Maio, head of Five Star, warned
that coalition policies would represent
a “bomb” to the political establishment.
Wolfgango Piccoli, an analyst for
Teneo Intelligence, said many proposals were “utterly unrealistic” but
added: “Five Star and The League know
that a public fight with Brussels will
boost their popularity.”
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Hot shots Golfers continue their rounds, apparently oblivious to the plumes of ash spewing from the nearby Kīlauea volcano
on Hawaii’s Big Island. Experts say the lowering of a lava lake ‘has raised the potential for explosive eruptions’ at the volcano.
Venezuela hands over closed
Kellogg factory to its workers
By Virginia Pietromarchi
VENEZUELAN authorities said they
had handed a Kellogg factory to workers and reactivated production yesterday, a day after the US cereal producer
pulled out of the country.
Kellogg joined a host of other multinationals in exiting Venezuela and later
confirmed that Nicolas Maduro’s Leftist
government had taken over its manufacturing plant.
Yesterday, Marco Torres, the Aragua
state governor, criticised Kellogg and
guaranteed that food production
would continue.
“With no notification, this US-based
multinational decided to close its
doors, leaving 570 workers hanging,”
said Mr Torres at the plant in Maracay.
“Yet, we’re here – in less than 24
hours.” Millions of people in Venezuela
suffer food and medicine shortages
amid hyperinflation. Mr Maduro
blames Venezuela’s crisis on an “economic war” that he says is being waged
by Washington, greedy businessmen
and coup-mongers.
He is expected to win Sunday’s presidential election, described by the opposition as a sham – who also put the
blame for the economic crisis squarely
at Mr Maduro’s door, citing corruption
570
The number of workers employed at the
Kellogg plant in Maracay, Venezuela. The
US cereal producer has become the latest
firm to pull out of the troubled country
and mismanagement. Clorox, Kimberly-Clark, General Mills, General
Motors and Harvest Natural Resources
are the most recent big names to pull
out of Venezuela in the face of worsening economic conditions.
Opposition critics scoffed that the
government would quickly plunder
the Kellogg plant and ruin its business.
Kellogg has not given more detailed
information on the difficulties it was
facing, but companies have been struggling to find raw materials and cover
their production expenses, as the government does not allow companies to
raise prices in order to cope with the
country’s hyperinflation.
“The current economic and social
deterioration in the country has now
prompted the company to discontinue
operations,” Kellogg said.
Mr Maduro used a campaign rally to
call the action “absolutely unconstitutional and illegal” and said the workers
would take over so that “they can continue producing for the people”.
During a speech in the state of Carabobo on Tuesday, Mr Maduro also said
that he had begun judicial proceedings
against the company’s business leader.
While the Texas-based company said
it hoped to return to Venezuela in
future, it also warned of legal action if
its product is sold there in the meantime.
France refuses to
create legal age for
sexual consent
By Henry Samuel in Paris
STEPHANE CARDINALE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES
JANE FONDA has branded ageism in
Hollywood “alive and well” after studio
bosses wanted younger stars to front a
movie instead of her and fellow Oscarwinner Diane Keaton.
The women star alongside Mary
Steenburgen and Candice Bergen in
Book Club, a film about four older
friends who reinvigorate their sex lives
after reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
But the film’s creators resorted to
making it independently after they said
executives told them they would only
produce the movie if the characters
were younger.
Speaking in Los Angeles, Steenburgen said it was a “miracle” that it ever
got made, while Fonda, 80, added that
it was an example of age discrimination’s prevalence in Hollywood.
Director Bill Holderman said studios
had applied a “tremendous amount of
pressure” to reduce the ages of the
characters to their late forties, despite
pitching the recognisable stars.
“It’s an industry that’s very much
driven by youth and beauty. Ageism is
alive and well,” said Fonda, who won
Oscars with Coming Home and Klute. “I
think that’s beginning to change,
though.” Keaton, 72, who won an Oscar
for Annie Hall, said it demonstrates the
difficulties faced by older women in the
industry and in other fields.
“It means it’s tough. But it’s tough always for older people. They’re used
less frequently in every field – it’s not
just in the performing arts,” she said.
Steenburgen described Book Club,
out in UK cinemas on June 1, as “quietly
subversive and revolutionary”.
Pair up for Solo John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston at
the screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story at Cannes Film
Festival. He later danced on stage with rapper 50 Cent.
FRANCE’S parliament has passed a Bill
to tighten laws on child rape but also
angered rights groups by not setting
a minimum legal age for sexual consent.
Yesterday’s Bill creates the new offence of “sexual violation of a minor by
penetration”, which is punishable by 10
years in prison.
But, after a heated debate overnight,
MPs decided not to create France’s first
law on the age below which a minor
cannot agree to a sexual relationship
with an adult, proposed to be set at 15.
The new offence instead states that
relations between an adult and a minor
(of 15 or younger) can be classified as
rape if there is “abuse of the victim’s
vulnerability” and if she or he “lacks
the necessary discernment to consent”.
The debate comes after outrage over
recent court cases in which prosecutors refused to try two men for rape of
11-year-old girls because there was no
proof of coercion.
Opposition MPs have criticised the
new law as “ambiguous” and one that
“sends the wrong message to society”.
The Bill must now pass the Senate.
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Kim summit on shaky
ground as Trump
says ‘wait and see’
DONALD TRUMP yesterday conceded
he did not know if his meeting with
Kim Jong-un would go ahead after
North Korean officials openly criticised
his administration’s demands.
The US president repeatedly said
“we’ll see” when asked to confirm if the
June 12 summit in Singapore announced last week would go ahead.
The White House insisted that hardhitting economic sanctions on the
country would remain in place unless
Kim attended the meeting.
And a senior official played down
claims they had been blindsided by
North Korea’s threat to not attend the
meeting, saying they “fully expected”
such developments.
The response came after Kim Kyegwan, North Korea’s deputy foreign
minister, singled out John Bolton, Mr
Trump’s new hard-line national security adviser, for criticism.
Mr Bolton said last month that the
“Libya model” from 2003-04, when
Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up
his nuclear weapons programme,
would be used for North Korean talks.
However, Gaddafi ended up being
killed in the streets by a mob in 2011 after his government was overthrown.
Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, said of Mr Bolton
that “we do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him”, according to
KCNA, the North Korean news agency.
Mr Kim claimed the remarks cast
doubt on America’s sincerity, underlin-
‘We do not
hide our
feelings of
repugnance
towards him
[John
Bolton]’
Most of border
dead were with
us, says Hamas
By Raf Sanchez in Gaza City
A SENIOR Hamas leader has
admitted that 50 of the 62
peopled killed during protests along the Gaza border
on Monday were members
of the Islamist group.
The comments, made on
television by Salah Bardawil,
a political leader in the group
which controls the Gaza
Strip, came as Hamas said it
would continue the protests.
The group hoped that a mass
demonstration on June 5
would rival the size of this
week’s protests, a spokesman said yesterday.
Two days after Israeli
forces killed more than 60
Palestinians and wounded
around 2,000, Hamas said
the demonstrations would
keep going ahead of the June
anniversary of the 1967 war.
“The protests will continue
because they have not
achieved their goals yet,”
said Hazem Qasem, a spokesman. “Our desire here is for
June 5 to be as big as May 14.”
The comments by Mr
Bardawil were immediately
seized upon by Israel’s military as it tried to fend off
widespread
international
criticism over the number of
people killed by live fire on
the border. “The branding of
the riots as ‘peaceful protests’ could not be further
from the truth,” an Israeli
military spokesman said.
Meanwhile,
Guatemala
became the first country to
follow the United States’
lead and move its embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, called
the move “the beginning of
something extraordinary”
and said he hoped others
would do the same.
As Israel and Hamas continued their war of words,
Hamas refused to accept a
medical shipment from the
Israeli military, despite a
shortage of hospital supplies
to treat the wounded. Mr
Qasem dismissed it as a propaganda stunt.
“The occupation is trying
to show that it has a human
face, which is wrong. These
trucks carrying these medical supplies are covered with
Palestinian blood,” he said.
Israel said the Hamas refusal was proof that it did not
care about the residents of
Gaza. Aid shipments from
the UN and the Palestinian
Authority were allowed in.
Rallying cry EU must be united, says Tusk
The president of
the European
Council has
attacked Donald
Trump’s
“capricious
assertiveness”
after the US
leader pulled his
country out of
the Iran nuclear
deal and
threatened the
EU with tariffs
on steel imports.
In a letter to
EU leaders
ahead of their
meeting last
night in Sofia,
Donald Tusk
said “with
friends like
Donald Trump,
the EU could
ask, who needs
enemies?”
He added that
the EU needed
to be united
“economically,
politically and
also militarily
like never
before” or risk
being “a pawn”
in global
politics.
James Crisp
ing that his country was not Libya,
which met a “miserable fate”.
North Korea analysts have cautioned
that the brutal death of Gaddafi may be
foremost on Kim Jong-un’s mind ahead
of talks on denuclearisation.
Several also pointed to Mr Bolton’s
fractious history with North Korea.
In 2003, North Korea refused to participate in multilateral talks if Mr Bolton was present after he labelled then
leader Kim Jong-il a “tyrannical dictator”. His remarks followed an unexpected announcement by KCNA on
Tuesday that planned talks with South
Korea had been postponed just hours
before they were due to start because
of the joint military drills.
America was also warned that “careful deliberations” would need to take
place over whether to go ahead with
Mr Trump’s meeting with Kim.
Asked yesterday if his meeting with
Kim would go ahead, Mr Trump said:
“We’ll have to see, we’ll have to see. No
decision. We haven’t been notified at
all. We’ll have to see.” Mr Trump reportedly said “yes” yesterday when
asked if he would still insist on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
u Donald Trump was also facing domestic pressure yesterday as his financial ethics disclosures for 2018 revealed
the payment he made to porn star
Stormy Daniels. His filing states he repaid Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer, for an expense between $100,001
and $250,000, which Ms Daniels claims
was in exchange for keeping quiet
about her relationship with Mr Trump,
a liaison Mr Trump denies.
KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS
By Ben Riley-Smith in Washington
and Nicola Smith in Taipei
Russian
meeting
President
‘helped’ son
Feeling blue Adrianna Valoy, 90, mother of New York police detective Miosotis Familia,
48, who was shot dead last July in the line of duty, clings to Donald Trump, the president, at
the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the US Capitol in Washington.
Donald Trump
Jnr has admitted
his father may
have helped
draft a
misleading
statement about
his Trump
Tower meeting
with a Russian
lawyer.
The 2016
meeting saw
Trump
campaign
officials,
including
Donald Jnr,
gather with
Kremlin-linked
figures after they
offered political
dirt on the
Democrat
presidential
candidate
Hillary Clinton.
When details
came to light,
Mr Trump’s
office stated the
meeting
“primarily
discussed a
programme
about the
adoption of
Russian
children”.
A Senate panel
has released
documents
suggesting Mr
Trump dictated
the statement,
meaning he may
have been
misleading the
press.
Rozina Sabur
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World news
Syrian forces
attack refugee
camp to flush
out jihadists
SIPA ASIA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
By Josie Ensor in Beirut
400-400-200 formation Looking like a piece of geometric art, this is actually a drone picture of students at football training in Huaying city, central China.
SYRIAN and Russian forces yesterday
attacked a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant, as they closed in on the
last rebel-held territory in Damascus.
Pro-government troops launched air
strikes and fired missiles into Yarmouk
camp to rid the area of the jihadists.
Air strikes have destroyed more than
half the refugee site in the past few
weeks, leaving civilians trapped in uninhabitable conditions.
Before the Syrian civil war started in
2011, Yarmouk was home to around
160,000 Palestinian refugees, displaced from their homes in modernday Israel during the 1948 war. More
than 100,000 Syrians also lived there.
When the Syrian revolution moved
to Yarmouk, many Palestinians were
forced to take sides. Some sought protection from Syria, others turned to rebel groups. It is now home to a few
hundred civilians after the rest fled, according to the United Nations, which
says most were elderly residents.
Yarmouk was the scene of the heaviest fighting in the country since nearby
Eastern Ghouta fell into government
hands a month ago. Dozens of civilians
were killed, including some shot by
snipers as they tried to flee. About 140
fighters from both sides have also been
killed, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Victory in Yarmouk would clear the
capital of all forces opposed to the government and further cement President
Bashar al-Assad’s dominant position.
u The Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons said yesterday
that banned chlorine munitions appear
to have been dropped on a neighbourhood in the northern Idlib province in
February.
Amsterdam calls time on partying tourists
Airbnb, beer bikes and
cruise ships will be among
attractions banned to stop
‘Disneyfication’ of capital
By Senay Boztas in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM, city of red lights and
cannabis cafés, may soon be pulling
the plug on the party.
Following the examples of Barcelona
and Venice, Amsterdam’s main political parties have announced radical
measures to turn down the volume of
tourism and reverse the “Disneyfication” of the Dutch capital.
A coalition of four parties, negotiating to form the new city government,
yesterday issued a pledge of agreed reforms to provide “balance in the city”.
It will ban Airbnb short-term rentals
in busy areas, divert cruise ships from
docking in the centre, and crack down
on “fun rides” like Segways, beer bikes,
and boozy boat trips. The tourist tax will
also rise from between 4 and 6 per cent
to a flat 7 per cent – raising €105 million
(£92 million) a year by 2022.
“We have to ensure that the city
stays liveable for all residents,” said
Yvette Hofman, spokesman for GroenLinks green-Left party. “This is a subject that really matters to residents,
who have felt under attack by increasing crowds, partly due to Airbnb and
illegal hotels. They have complained
that they no longer know their neighbours and of [a tourist] monoculture in
the centre. This is about balance.”
The news comes a month after Eurostar announced a direct train service
from London to Amsterdam, cueing
heavy promotion. It follows measures
such as city permits and turnstiles on
busy streets in Venice, a ban on private
rentals to tourists in Palma, Majorca,
and a bar on new hotels in Barcelona.
Tourism was a central issue in the recent Amsterdam city elections, which
saw the leading D66 liberal democrats
overtaken by GroenLinks, which campaigned to reduce the tourist nuisance
and provide more middle-income
homes – since tourist rental apartments are blamed for exacerbating a
severe shortage of housing.
Amsterdam, one of Airbnb’s top locations, has seen a huge rise in tourist
numbers, with 18 million people expected to visit this year – up from 11
million in 2005, according to the research bureau SEO.
Last year the city announced heavy
fines for exceeding Airbnb limits, and a
ban on new tourist shops. From next
year the number of days permitted for
Airbnb-type hire will be halved to 30.
The new coalition document includes cleaning up the city and controlling advertising. Tour boats will have
to board and unload outside the centre
and tour guides outside the red light
district will need a permit. “Amster-
Jailed Malaysian opposition
leader freed to take power
By Nicola Smith ASIA CORRESPONDENT
ANWAR IBRAHIM, the long-time Malaysian opposition figurehead, walked
free from jail yesterday, paving the way
for him to eventually become prime
minister.
Mr Anwar, 70, emerged to a rapturous welcome before heading to an audience with King Sultan Muhammad V,
who had granted him a pardon after an
opposition alliance routed the country’s ruling coalition in a shock election
result last week.
He was imprisoned for sodomy in
2015 during the rule of Najib Razak, the
now ousted prime minister. The opposition leader and his People’s Justice
Party claimed the charges had been
fabricated to curb their rise after making historic gains in the 2013 elections.
Mr Anwar had been due to be released in June, but his freedom was expedited after an election win by the
Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mr
Anwar’s former political nemesis, Mahathir Mohamad, 92. In a bizarre twist,
Mr Anwar’s party joined forces with Dr
Mahathir, a former authoritarian prime
minister who held power for 22 years,
to defeat the six-decade rule of Mr Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition.
Mr Anwar was once heir-apparent to
the premiership until Dr Mahathir
sacked him in 1998. He was subsequently jailed in a case that he claimed
was politically motivated and which
the US denounced a “show trial.”
Throughout the fractious campaign,
Dr Mahathir pledged to hand over the
top job to Mr Anwar after his release.
He has since confirmed his intention to
do so, although he expects to remain in
power for one or two years first.
“I regret that he was jailed but that is
not something that I did. It was the
court,” Dr Mahathir said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in April.
“He seems to be a very charismatic
leader. He can gather a lot of support.”
Ahead of his release, Mr Anwar told
Australia’s Fairfax Media that a new
“golden era” was afoot.
uPolice converged on the home of
ousted prime minister Najib Razak in
Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Local media
suggested they were conducting raids
related to the multi-billion dollar 1MDB
scandal. Mr Razak has already been
barred from leaving the country.
Japan’s whisky drinkers in
low spirits as supplies dry up
By Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo
JAPANESE whisky, which, with sushi
and ramen, has enjoyed a dramatic rise
in global popularity, has become a victim of its own success.
Distiller Suntory Spirits says it has to
stop selling two premium brands due
to shortages fuelled by the global thirst
for its award-winning whiskies.
It is to suspend sales of Hakushu 12, a
single malt, from next month, while the
Hibiki 17 blend will stop in September.
The decision, according to Kyodo
news agency, was taken because Suntory was unable to keep up with surging
demand. Its popularity abroad has hit
new heights due to a string of international awards and growing interest in
Japanese restaurants and bars.
The withdrawal of the labels was an
inevitable consequence of its popularity due to finite supplies, said Jim Murray, the British whisky writer.
“I was not at all surprised,” the author of the Whisky Bible said. “There is
not enough Japanese whisky to sustain
demand. Its popularity took off when I
gave Yamazaki 17 a World Whisky of
the Year award in 2014. Since then, everyone has tried to get hold of Japanese
whisky and sales and prices have gone
through the roof. Japanese companies
are struggling to keep up.”
Demand in Japan has also soared –
young adults love the “highball”, a
whisky and soda. The domestic market
went from 61 million litres in 2007 to
137 million litres in 2017, equivalent to
55 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Explaining the appeal, Mr Murray
said: “For years, they have very strictly
followed scotch traditions, more so
than in Scotland. There is the most
enormous attention to detail and the
end results are very good whiskies.”
Hibiki 17, a blend aged in Japanese
oak and sold in iconic 24-sided bottles,
won the 2016 International Spirits
Gold Award. Suntory is taking steps to
bridge the gap between demand and
supply by expanding its ageing production facilities, but it will take time.
“The problem is that you cannot just
knock out a 17-year-old whisky,” said
Mr Murray. “But they are investing to
increase production, even if it does
take a while to produce a good whisky.”
dam is a city to live, stay and do business. Only after this is it a tourist
destination. We want to spread the nuisance and needs of tourism better.”
Ms Hofman added that since GroenLinks, D66 and the Labour and Socialist
Party are not opposed to cannabis cafés,
the document does not deal with cannabis: “There are lots of tourists who only
come to the city for this, so we need to
ensure it isn’t a nuisance for residents.”
The document also says that the Amsterdam Marketing body will need to
be revamped to promote cultural tourism, congresses and spreading visitors.
WORLD BULLETIN
Five die during sword
attack on police HQ
Four men who attacked an Indonesian
police headquarters with samurai
swords were shot dead after killing an
officer yesterday, days after a wave of
deadly suicide bombings.
The assault in the city of Pekanbaru
on Sumatra – claimed by the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant – saw a
group ram their minivan into a gate at
the station and then attack officers,
police authorities said.
Days earlier, two suicide bombings
in Surabaya on Java killed 12 people
and injured 50.
Extradition of Catalan
trio to Spain ruled out
A court in Brussels has ruled against
extraditing three former Catalan
politicians – Toni Comin, Meritxell
Serret and Lluis Puig – who fled Spain
after learning they faced arrest over
their roles in the regional declaration
of independence in October.
The European arrest warrants were
issued, dropped and then later
reinstated by Spain, but they were not
valid, the court ruled, saying that the
reissued warrants should have been
backed up by new Spanish warrants.
US university to pay
$500m to abuse victims
Sex abuse victims of Dr Larry Nassar,
the disgraced US doctor, and Michigan
State University have reached a
tentative settlement in which victims
will be paid $500 million
(£370 million), attorneys said.
Nassar, who worked as a doctor for
the USA Gymnastics federation and
also ran a campus clinic at Michigan
State, earlier this year received two jail
sentences of up to 125 years and up to
175 years after hundreds of women
told of his decades of sexual abuse.
Ex-CIA employee named
as data leak suspect
A former CIA engineer has been
identified as the suspect behind the
largest leak of classified documents in
the intelligence service’s history.
Joshua Schulte, 29, is accused of
handing over thousands of stolen files
to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks
for its “Vault 7” cache of documents,
describing the spy agency’s cyberwarfare and surveillance capabilities.
Mr Schulte spent six years at the CIA
designing malware to break into
terrorism suspects’ computers.
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Comment
Wodehouse
knew comedy is
about more than
hurling insults
jan etherington
W
hen was the last
time a book made
you laugh out loud?
Not recently, say the judges
of the Bollinger Everyman
Wodehouse annual prize
for comic fiction. Out
of 62 submissions, they
couldn’t find a single writer
who “captured the comic
spirit” of Wodehouse and
“prompted unanimous,
abundant laughter”. So the
judges decided to withhold
this year’s award – and I’m
very glad they did.
There’s nothing worse
than mediocre comedy,
or being told a book is
“hilarious” only to plough
through it with a face like an
Easter Island statue.
As a comedy writer for
more than 30 years, I’ve seen
comedy change – and not
for the better. Not so long
ago excellent comic fiction
was falling off the shelves.
The first Wodehouse
prize in 2000 was won by
Howard Jacobson with The
Mighty Waltzer, but he was
run close by Sue Townsend’s
angst-ridden Adrian Mole,
The Cappuccino Years and
the Telegraph’s former
obituaries editor Hugh
Massingberd’s The Book
of Obituaries. Humour is
subjective, but any of these
would have received a brisk
handshake of approval and
an invitation for a snifter at
the Drones Club from Bertie
Wooster himself.
So what’s gone wrong?
Are writers so worried
about being PC that humour
is about as cutting-edge as
a damp sponge? Or is it that
no one knows how to “write
funny” any more? It is both,
but comic writers have also
fallen out of touch with
their audience.
Undeniably, our world
has changed since Lord
Emsworth chased the
Empress round Blandings
Castle. We live in frightening
times, with little to laugh
about. Satire can tackle
“issues” but the comic spirit
of Wodehouse is about
gauging the mood of the age
and providing an escape.
Evelyn Waugh describes
it thus: “His characters have
never tasted the forbidden
fruit. They are still in Eden.
Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic
world can never stale. He
has made a world for us to
live in and delight in.”
As did James Herriot’s vet
novels and HE Bates’s The
Darling Buds of May, which
chronicled the bucolic life
of the Larkins. The TV series
was screened during the
Gulf War and was watched
by almost the whole
country. Unashamedly
escapist, feelgood and
funny. Today, we watch
The Durrells for the same
reason, as world powers
threaten and skirmish.
Now we smirk, snigger,
swear (oh, how we swear)
and slag off in the name of
comedy, but rarely do we
see or hear wit, wordplay
and pin-sharp, character-led
dialogue on page or screen.
Writing great comedy
isn’t about hurling insults
and put-downs. It’s one
of the hardest things to
do – and one of the least
appreciated. I was often
asked: “When are you
going to move up to writing
drama?”, as if comedy was
the bottom rung of the
“proper writing” ladder.
Comedy films rarely win
Oscars and actors dream of
playing Hamlet rather than,
say, Felix in The Odd Couple.
The Wodehouse
judges are right to hold
out for the next Kingsley
Amis, Nick Hornby, Alan
Bennett or Michael Frayn
– whose Sixties’ Fleet
Street novel Towards the
End of the Morning really
is falling-down funny –
because they’re not just
great comedy writers but
great writers, who’ve often
spent a lifetime perfecting
their craft.
Wodehouse recognised
this: “When, in due course,
Charon ferries me across
the Styx and everyone is
telling everyone else what
a rotten writer I was, I hope
at least one voice will be
heard piping up: ‘But he
did take trouble’.”
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A new culture of declinism has
gripped Britain’s establishment
From the economy to
Brexit, our elites have
given up even trying to fix
the country’s problems
allister
heath
N
o wonder artificial
intelligence is making
such strides: humans are
hopelessly flawed. Our
myopia is extraordinary,
and our propensity to
fall foul of manias never fails to amaze.
When all goes well, we succumb to
irrational exuberance: we convince
ourselves that the stock market is
bound to double or that eternal peace
is inevitable. Yet as soon as the going
gets a little tougher, or the people vote
the “wrong” way, it’s U-turns galore.
We recall, suddenly, that civilisations
fall as well as rise, and assume that
this must be the moment when we
locked ourselves into a spiral of
terminal decline.
Nuance, perspective and balance
are nigh-on impossible in a society
plagued by such cognitive biases, one
that yo-yos from Panglossianism to
extreme self-doubt. This pathological
inability to take the long view –
paradoxically, most prevalent among
the most educated – is key to explaining
the return of declinism in Britain and
America, one of the most worrying
developments in decades.
For the first time since the Seventies,
much of our establishment has started
to despair of our society. Instead of
trying to fix problems, they shrug
and accept defeat. The financial
crisis rattled many, of course, but
the real trigger was the Brexit vote,
which instantly transformed relaxed,
prosperous people into “no can do”
pessimists; Donald Trump’s election
triggered a similar psychological
reaction among liberal elites in the US.
The old enthusiastic attitude, honed
in the Thatcherite Eighties and Blairite
Nineties, is nowhere to be seen; and
Barack Obama’s “Yes we can” campaign
chant has been replaced by an angry
negativity. Not everybody has been
contaminated: many ordinary voters
are upbeat, hopeful that their concerns
have been heard at last, and plenty
of entrepreneurs are getting on with
forging the digital age.
Yet there is evidence of this rampant
defeatism everywhere. As far as the
bien-pensant elites in Westminster
are concerned, Brexit is technically
impossible: it cannot be done, such
are the depths of our entanglements
with the EU. The idea that we could
still, with a proper strategy and better
political leadership, negotiate a good
deal, leveraging our many strengths
and assets, or simply go it alone, is met
with a mixture of mirth and fury. We
are David, we keep being told, they are
Goliath, and unlike in Biblical times we
are doomed. Thanks for refusing even
to try, chaps.
As to the economy, the outlook is
equally hopeless. Ben Broadbent,
a deputy governor of the Bank of
England, believes that the economy has
entered a “climacteric” or – to use his
translation – “menopausal” moment:
the forces preventing productivity
from growing are so immense, so
bound up in technological cycles that
policymakers can’t even hope to make
a dent in them. The Treasury agrees:
it doesn’t believe that anything can
be done to kick-start our sluggish
economy, apart from cancelling Brexit,
of course. The Chancellor is nowhere
to be seen, and doesn’t believe that
tax cuts or deregulation would make
any difference. There are few better
illustrations of our new culture of
defeatism than that.
The rot has spread everywhere.
The police believe nothing can be
done to tackle the explosion in knife
attacks and other crime. A debilitated
Foreign Office’s only answer to Iran
or North Korea is appeasement,
and condemnation of those who
seek genuine solutions. The Tory
centre-Right and Labour centreLeft have bought the lazy trope that
demographics is destiny: the suburbs
are shifting leftward as graduates
move in; and the working class is
turning blue as a result of Brexit.
There is little room for trying to shift
opinion. Even free-marketeers are
giving up: the public loves the NHS
and nationalisation – not least of train
franchises such as the East Coast main
line – so what’s the point of fighting a
battle that cannot be won?
None of our past five prime ministers
would have put up with this nonsense.
Margaret Thatcher was responsible
for rescuing us from our previous
declinist period in the Seventies, but
John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown
and David Cameron all believed in
the power of leadership to change the
course of history. They were right,
and their policies, for better or worse,
transformed Britain.
Yet their 25 years in office were not
exactly typical. Declinism has had
an especially long history in the UK,
perhaps because we were once the
world’s most powerful country. As the
historian Robert Tombs has argued, it
is also a sign of parochialism: we obsess
about our own faults while turning
a blind eye to everybody else’s, often
greater, problems.
It all started in the 1880s, when
many in Britain panicked at the rise of
Germany as an industrial powerhouse;
then the Great War shattered more
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illusions, and Oswald Spengler’s The
Decline of the West was read almost
as closely in Britain as it was on the
continent. In the late Forties and Fifties,
the end of empire, combined with
rationing and the Great Smog of 1952,
fuelled a sense of a country in freefall.
But it was the Suez crisis in 1956 that
shattered what was left of our ruling
class’s self-confidence and the culture of
deference that helped to support it.
After that, the establishment decided
that our only hope was to join the
Common Market. When we finally did
in the Seventies, the received wisdom
was that high inflation, strikes and
rising unemployment were inevitable
features of late-stage capitalism.
Decline was unavoidable, and perhaps
also full socialism: the best that could
be done was to manage the process.
Declinism also took other forms, with a
fearful acceptance of hard Left, IRA and
Middle Eastern terror.
It was from this intellectual cesspit
that Thatcher emerged. She believed
that unleashing capitalism would
bolster growth and that terrorists could
be defeated, as with the siege of the
Iranian embassy. She took on Argentina
and won. Then there was no looking
back – until two years ago, that is.
Only three groups continue to resist
the ambient declinism. The Corbynites
remain relentlessly optimistic, a key
component of their appeal. Then there
are the real Brexiteers: they still want to
reboot Britain but have been sidelined.
The final group are the technology
entrepreneurs: as far as they are
concerned, their inventions will make
all of our lives better.
All three groups have performed
near-miracles over the past few years,
which should come as a warning to
the establishment: declinism is an
elite phenomenon, and its electoral
appeal is suicidally narrow. The
public will not tolerate a political
class that has given up.
The degree arms race is bad for everyone
When every job becomes
professional, you devalue
education and shut out
less bookish applicants
tibor fischer
her
E
xam season is upon us again. I
feel sorry for the conscientious,
motivated students who are
on course to do well, because it’s
predicted that there will be a bumper
number of first-class degrees awarded,
prompting renewed calls for a
ludicrous “starred first” classification
for “exceptional” candidates.
Grade inflation? That’s one way
of looking at it. Another is that it’s
all part of the general, wholesale
lowering of standards in education.
It’s not just the first-class degrees that
don’t automatically earn respect, it’s
university degrees full stop.
The university degree is no
longer about academic excellence
or intellectual adventure. It has
become a sort of cure-all magic wand,
a panacea that can right wrongs
or improve anything, a weapon to
combat social injustice, a passport to
prosperity. And so everyone should
have one – nurses are now required to
be educated to degree level, and soon
police officers will be, too.
The degree arms race is a result
of the prizes-for-all attitude that
has permeated the school system,
the bums-on-seats competition
between universities, middleclass embarrassment about being
middle class, and the Left’s obsession
with social engineering.
Is it a good thing for a policeman
to be savvy in computer science or
to be able to banter in Mandarin? Of
course. Is it a good idea for nurses to
have an understanding of chemistry?
No one would argue with that. But
there’s a difference between rigorous
training, which in the case of police
officers is probably best administered
by experienced police officers, and a
degree, which should have a serious
academic threshold. So either you
have a debased degree, or you run
the risk of turning away less educated
applicants who might make excellent
police officers, if not outstanding
chief constables.
There’s no question that the best
police officers are the ones who are
good with people; that’s something
that’s hard, if not impossible, to teach,
and certainly nothing to do with a
degree. And surely one of the most
important qualifications for nursing
is compassion, concern for others
– again, something that tends to be
innate.
The premise that getting a
degree will automatically make
you irresistible to employers is
questionable, too. If everyone has a
degree, how does that make you stand
out? And if employers notice that
graduates are incapable of writing a
coherent report, why should they rate
a university degree?
Some of the students doing
undemanding arts degrees today
would probably be financially better
off learning how to be a carpenter
or an electrician, and would enjoy
greater future independence. Yet
even with the numbers applying
for apprenticeships in decline, the
obsession with getting more young
people to university grows more and
more absurd.
Cambridge University is now
considering a foundation year for
students “who have experienced
educational disadvantage”, to
encourage more applicants from
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state schools, ethnic minorities and
low-income families. I don’t know
why there aren’t more successful
applicants from those “educationally
disadvantaged” groups, but the
idea that they are somehow shut
out because they’re not as polished
or erudite as the kid from Eton
doesn’t stand up to examination.
The Left-wing dons are desperate
to give a place to students from the
bottom of the pile. And the handful
of Right-wing dons? It’s their dream
to find a maths genius from a council
estate in Tower Hamlets.
Handing everyone a piece of
paper called a degree isn’t going to
solve society’s problems or usher
in Nirvana. The big problem is not
inequality but poverty: if I’m earning
£1 million a year, it’s not a scandal if
others are earning £20 million.
As a teacher of creative writing, let
me point out some of the writers who
didn’t bother with university at all:
Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Aphra Behn,
Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson,
William Blake, Jane Austen, Charles
Dickens, George Eliot. University
isn’t (and shouldn’t be) for everyone –
not if it’s to mean something.
Tibor Fischer is the author of ‘How to
Rule the World’
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17
Letters to the Editor
Rail privatisation
needs rebooting
F
or the third time since the railways
were privatised in 1997, the East
Coast mainline has been taken back into
government control. Chris Grayling, the
Transport Secretary, told MPs that this
would be a temporary measure while
a new private operator was found to take over
in 2020. But given the history of this particular
franchise, what guarantees are there that the
same thing will not happen again?
Mr Grayling said the joint venture of Stagecoach
and Virgin had got their original £3 billion bid for
the franchise wrong by overestimating the growth
of passenger numbers on the London to Edinburgh
route. Even though the line was generating
substantial returns for the Treasury and was
reporting high rates of customer satisfaction, the
operators have lost nearly £200 million in meeting
their contracted commitments.
Mr Grayling was accused of being prepared to
bail them out, but it would have created a moral
hazard to have done so: other franchise-holders
would have seen it as an incentive to walk away
when they ran into financial difficulties. He
eventually decided to take the company into state
control once more, reviving the historic London
and North Eastern Railway brand.
The Transport Secretary has made the right
choice. In doing so, however, he has reignited the
political arguments over the future ownership
of the railways. Predictably, Labour has called
for the entire network to be renationalised, even
though many of the franchises work perfectly
well. Moreover, Labour conveniently forgets
why the railways were privatised. The drain on
the public finances meant they were not getting
the investment that the private operators have
been able to make. The issue is not whether the
franchise model is working perfectly but what the
railways would have looked like today had they
remained in public control. Passenger numbers
– which were falling until privatisation – have
grown to the highest level since the Twenties.
This is an opportunity to give fresh impetus to
the privatisation model. Mr Grayling has set out
proposals for greater integration of the operations
and track and these need to be pursued vigorously.
In the meantime, Network Rail – which is under
state control – needs to do much more to upgrade
the track. Labour’s solution is always to look back
to a world of public ownership through rose-tinted
spectacles. Mr Grayling is right to look ahead.
A sorry state of affairs
S
orry used to be the hardest word. Nowadays
an apology is an automatic requirement for
anyone in public life unfortunate enough to
fall foul of a self-appointed Inquisition ready to
jump on well-meaning, if infelicitous, comments.
Its latest target is Ben Broadbent, the deputy
governor of the Bank of England, who in an
interview with this newspaper described the UK
economy as entering a “menopausal” era.
He explained that this phrase is used to describe
economies that were “past their peak and not so
potent”.
Mr Broadbent evidently does not believe that
menopausal women are no longer productive; nor
did he consider the term “sexist” since he believed
it applied to men as well, though that is arguable.
He was trying to use a description that people
would understand, since economists are always
being accused of statistical wonkery and
remoteness.
But rather than being questioned on what he was
actually saying about the economy, Mr Broadbent
found himself the quarry in a hue-and-cry to force
him to apologise and justify his fitness for the job.
As he himself has conceded, the analogy he used
might be upsetting to older women who would
probably feel affronted at the implication that they
are somehow no longer making a full contribution
to society. It was, he said, a “poor choice of
language”. But that is all it was. Hounding Mr
Broadbent for harbouring inappropriate genderbased thoughts is unfair.
The grovelling apology is sometimes perfectly
justified for outrageous behaviour. We are in grave
danger of diminishing its status by insisting that
every unfortunate remark is worthy of one.
Laurel quarrel
D
oes the nation have enough to occupy its
time? The question forces itself upon us
today when everyone is deciding what they
hear in a little audio clip doing the rounds on social
media. Is the voice saying Laurel or Yanny? The
divide is said to be as entrenched as in 2015 over
the question of whether a picture online showed a
gold-and-white dress or a black-and-blue one. Even
the satirist Swift, who divided Lilliputians into
Big-Endians and Little-Endians (according to the
end of the boiled egg they broke open), could not
have found a more trivial shibboleth. Yet in history
the great city of Constantinople saw thousands
killed in riots between supporters of the Blues and
the Greens in chariot racing. Contrariwise, perhaps
modern dictators could be distracted from blowing
up the world by first answering: Laurel or Yanny?
New customs rules
SIR – The loss of life in Gaza is to be
regretted, and the prospect for a peace
settlement between Israel and those
representing the interests of the
Palestinians seems a forlorn hope. As
long as Hamas’s charter advocates the
destruction of Israel, backed by
continuing violence and staged
propaganda, no sane Israeli would
support the establishment of a
Palestinian state.
To a large extent, the Palestinian
leadership has failed its own people by
pursuing violence rather than
dialogue.
Peter Beyfus
Salisbury, Wiltshire
A view of St Helena’s capital, Jamestown, from the top of the Grade I-listed Jacob’s Ladder
SIR – Theresa May’s preference for a
“new customs partnership” suffers in
the eyes of its parliamentary critics
from the requirement to continue to
collect EU external tariffs at the UK
border. After entry, goods imported by
British-based companies would be
given a rebate for the difference
between the EU external tariffs and
the UK tariffs agreed as part of trade
deals with non-EU countries.
The alternative scheme before the
Cabinet, “Max Fac”, appears to this
reader to be too undefined to be a basis
for negotiation with the EU.
Leaving aside the question of who
would pay for the rebate, the customs
partnership scheme is unlikely to
appeal to EU negotiators because it
does not deal with the “rules of origin”
question, where non-EU originating
goods, which will in effect not have
paid the full EU external tariff, would
pass tariff-free from the UK into the EU.
However, the solution is not difficult
if you follow the standard international
principle that import duties on goods
are collected by the jurisdictions
levying the tariff at the point where
they enter their territory. On this
principle, after Brexit, non-EU goods
entering the UK will pay the UK tariff
to the British authorities rather than
the EU tariff they pay to the EU now.
They will carry a machine-readable
bar code certifying this. Goods, or
parts of goods, entering the EU from
the UK but originating from outside
the EU-UK zone, will pay any
difference between the UK and EU
tariffs to the EU customs, which will
continue to collect duties levied on
other non-EU goods.
This scheme can be implemented
more or less straight away. No new
forms or procedures at the ports are
required. It also solves the ostensible
Irish border problem. If the Irish do
not want to collect any tariff
differences in their favour at the
border, that is up to them and the EU,
not up to the British.
Professor Stephen Bush
University of Manchester
Sleepy St Helena will never be a tourist trap
Mixed up metaphor
siR – As probably one of the few
surviving past personnel of the
St Helena Rifles, I share Andrew
Mitchell’s enthusiasm for the future
of this remote colonial outpost,
some 1,500 miles from the nearest
land (“St Helena’s airport is no white
elephant”, Comment, May 15).
However, I believe that he’s rather
overstating the general attraction of
the island and the leisure activities
he mentions. They are surely not
sufficient to make St Helena a
popular tourist destination – except,
that is, for the French. Longwood
House, where Napoleon died, and
his first residence, Briars, together
with the garrison buildings, will all
be part of a unique experience for
SIR – If a deputy governor of the Bank
of England, Ben Broadbent, thinks that
the economy is in a “menopausal
phase” (report, May 16), then thank
goodness he’s not a gynaecologist.
Dr John Gladstone
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
SIR – Monday’s tragedy in Gaza was
totally predictable.
The protest march had been
announced in advance, and the
presence of reinforced Israeli troops
was known. To mount a mass assault
on the border fence, armed or
unarmed, was clearly suicidal. No
military would have permitted a
breakthrough in these circumstances.
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To permit the presence of children
was quite unforgivable.
Alfred Downs
Manchester
SIR – Who – or what – persuaded or
coerced the mother photographed on
the front page of Wednesday’s paper to
take her precious baby girl, Leila,
within the range of tear gas and bullets
at the Israel-Gaza border? What was a
baby doing on a protest that everyone
knew was intended to lead to violence
and death?
The answer may be sought in the
relationship between Hamas and the
international community. The
international community is ready,
even eager, to condemn Israel
whenever possible. Hamas is well
aware of this, and cynically
orchestrates the killing of Gaza’s most
vulnerable in order to arouse this
moral outrage.
The people of Gaza deserve better
than this, as does Israel.
Marylou Grimberg
Harpenden, Hertfordshire
SIR – The Israeli government argues
that the Palestinians, through Hamas,
provoke hostilities and so Israeli
soldiers are right to kill to defend the
state. This is a dangerous argument as
it serves only to convince those who
support the Israeli position almost
without question. Indeed, it might be
argued that the economic blockade of
Gaza is the real provocation.
Israel needs friends, and the present
government’s tactics seem designed to
make enemies. The Israeli government
has a wonderful example to learn
from: Daniel Barenboim’s PalestinianIsraeli orchestra.
Alexander Hopkinson-Woolley
Bembridge, Isle of Wight
SIR – What has happened to the BBC’s
sense of proportion?
The first item in Tuesday’s bulletin
was that someone might not be able to
attend a wedding. The second item
was that 60 people had been
slaughtered in the Middle East.
John Jenkins
Bath, Somerset
End of interventionism
SIR – That “the democratic world has
lost its grand strategy”, as Lord Hague
puts it (Comment, May 15), comes as no
surprise to those of us who have argued
consistently against cavalier attempts
by a US-led West – in Iraq, Afghanistan,
Libya and Syria – to impose
democratic values on peoples whose
cultures and religions oppose them.
The disappearing of “a unified set of
goals” has been caused almost entirely
by the consequences of such follies: an
increased terror threat to Europe,
combined with mass immigration
from the very countries we attempted
to democratise.
Rev R C Paget
Brenchley, Kent
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The deaths in Gaza expose the failings of the Palestinian leadership
Cut your cloth to suit
SIR – You report (May 15) that New
Look has increased the prices of
clothes in its Curves (plus-size) range.
I take a petite or short size, but the
clothes don’t cost any less than regular
sizes. I wonder why that is?
Janet Armstrong
Chatham, Kent
Hands in marriage
SIR – The problem of hand washing
before eating at a wedding reception
(Letters, May 15) is easily solved.
At all Jewish receptions, which can
cater for many hundreds of people,
there are always hand-washing
stations in the four corners of the
room. These have large jugs of water,
large cups for pouring over the hands,
and paper napkins on which to dry
them. We even have a special blessing
to say as we wash the hands.
It’s very easy to set up – and no need
to queue for the lavatories. There’s still
time to organise it for the royal wedding
if the caterer hasn’t done so already.
Anne Elliot
London N12
Bangers for dinner
SIR – In the early Sixties, our scout
patrol camp meal included a Fray
Bentos steak and kidney pie (Letters,
May 16). Realising we did not have an
oven, we decided to heat the
unopened pie in a billy can of boiling
water over the wood fire.
A little later a loud explosion was
heard, and one of our number
reported feeling something whistle
past his ear. The billy can was left with
a large hole in the side. The pie and its
contents were never found.
Peter Turner
Swannington, Leicestershire
his compatriot descendants, as will
Jacob’s Ladder – 365 steps leading
from Jamestown up to the barracks.
The island and its residents
deserve to be remembered and
invested in, and its future will surely
be best served by commercial
business interests from France.
Harold Franks
Woodford Green, Essex
siR – Andrew Mitchell’s tribute to St
Helena sounds to me like an excuse
for the Government spending £286
million on an island with only 4,000
residents. Has it ever spent that
much on any village in Britain?
Norman Baker
Tonbridge, Kent
Tories go after pensioners’ benefits at their peril
SIR – The Conservative Party should
think long and hard before meddling
with the winter fuel allowance
(“Tories woo young voters with call for
means-tested winter fuel benefit”,
report, May 15).
In the weeks leading up to the last
general election, the Conservatives
were expected to romp home with a
substantial majority – until, about a
month before election day, Theresa
May’s closest advisers suggested the
Party consider an attack on bus passes,
winter fuel allowances and the triple
lock on pensions. The last of these had
been regarded as sacrosanct by her
predecessor.
Having threatened a few million
pensioners with financial penalties,
the party’s fate in the subsequent
election should not have surprised
anyone. The aforementioned advisers
were also sacked shortly afterwards.
David Norris
Quorn, Leicestershire
SIR – Since most people, both men and
women, work very productively into
their seventies these days, is Mr
Broadbent quite sure he is using the
correct metaphor?
And is he implying that women –
with whom the menopause is usually
associated – are no longer productive
if they cannot reproduce? This would
appear to denote a somewhat strange,
sexist and limited outlook.
M A Owen
Hockwold, Norfolk
Swallows to follow
SIR – Does Michael Gove really believe
the Conservative Party can endear
itself to younger voters by punishing
their grandparents?
John Chinnick
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
SIR – Please inform those in Devon and
Cornwall that the swallows are on
their way (Letters, May 16).
During an idyllic couple of days at
Wildboarclough in the Peak District
this week, there were swallows
swooping and preening outside our
window each day.
Neil Bunyan
Flitwick, Bedfordshire
SIR – Why is there talk about meanstesting winter fuel payments when it
could just be taxed like pensions and
all other forms of income?
That way, those who don’t need the
allowance would lose it in their tax
payments.
Penny Cole
Watlington, Oxfordshire
SIR – From yesterday’s letters to the
editor I deduce that, as the swallows
and martins have not yet arrived from
the southern hemisphere, there have
not been enough birds to eat the
plague of insects complained about by
readers on the same page.
Chris Harding
Parkstone, Dorset
The future of the Tories is about to be revealed
Renewing while in office
is difficult, but two new
groups have started the
debate on where to go next
NICK TIMOTHY
THY
N
ext Monday, in the House
of Commons, we will get a
glimpse of what could be the
future of the Conservative Party after
Brexit. At the launch of Onward,
a campaigning think tank, Ruth
Davidson and Michael Gove will
give speeches, while rising-star MPs
such as Tom Tugendhat and Kemi
Badenoch will attend. However, the
significance of the moment will not
be about personalities, but the policy
debate it begins.
Parties always struggle to renew in
government. Several years into power,
they face obvious difficulties. Identify
new problems, or acknowledge past
mistakes, and they are accused of
trashing their own record. Change
policies to suit the needs of the day,
and they are accused of U-turning. Try
to do these things quickly, without
a longer conversation about the
government’s direction, and they face
resistance within their own ranks.
This was my experience when
Theresa May became Prime Minister
and I worked as her adviser. We had
a clear view of the challenges facing
the country: to deliver Brexit but also
– at a time of destabilising change –
do more to make the country better
for ordinary, working families. And
we knew the policy framework we
favoured: to support the individual
citizen, families and society, as Tories
do, but also to embrace government’s
role in reforming dysfunctional
markets and delivering prosperity
across the country.
It was difficult to get things done,
not just because of Brexit but because
the party had not had time to debate
its future course. Should we stick
to George Osborne’s fiscal policy or
move beyond austerity? How should
we reform broken markets that allow
companies to exploit consumers? How
could we increase prosperity outside
the South East of England? How
should we get more houses built? How
could we relieve hard-pressed families
on tight budgets? On these and other
questions, Cabinet ministers had
profoundly different views. The result
was often timid change, or, worse,
complete inactivity.
The Tories need to learn from this
experience and prepare for the future
now. Fortunately, there are promising
signs that this is starting to happen.
In addition to Onward, there is
Freer, a campaign group set up by
the Cabinet minister Liz Truss, which
makes the case for free markets and
individual liberty. The Centre for
Policy Studies, Margaret Thatcher’s
favourite think tank, is showing new
life under its director, Rob Colvile.
Young MPs, including Bim Afolami,
Chris Philp and Rishi Sunak, have
generated new policy ideas on
housing, corporate governance and
trade. Some young talent has already
been sucked into the Government,
making it harder for the likes of Oliver
Dowden, Lucy Frazer and Mr Sunak
to contribute to the debate, but many
others are doing so.
The Prime Minister recognises
the party’s need to renew, and has
appointed Chris Skidmore, a former
Cabinet Office minister, to oversee
future policy development in
Conservative Central Office. And she
has given her blessing to Freer and
Onward, the two organisations that
encapsulate the choices the Tories
face about their future.
Freer stands for uncompromising
libertarianism that would mean the
Tories offer, in Truss’s words, “more
market, not less”. She argues that, far
from being an unusually Left-wing
generation, today’s young people
are “snapchatting, pop-up shopping,
online-trading freedom fighters”.
Onward stands for a less doctrinaire
approach, rooted in the mainstream
of public opinion, and its early
priorities will be policies that help
families with living costs, job security
and buying a home. Its director, Will
Tanner, calls it “a modernising, one
nation organisation” and says: “We
believe in markets but also the good
that government can do.”
As the local elections showed earlier
this month, as did the general election,
the fertile ground for the Tories is in
the working-class and lower-middleclass communities of the Midlands
and North of England. The key will
be to make further gains among these
constituencies while holding on to
seats dominated by liberal, more
prosperous voters. This is where last
year’s election campaign failed.
Onward is therefore trying to
form a coalition of the Conservative
modernising agendas. It seeks to
marry the insights of Mrs May’s
original agenda with the best of David
Cameron’s approach, while learning
from the mistakes of both. And this
approach is reflected in Onward’s key
personnel: its founder, Neil O’Brien,
once worked for Mr Osborne, while
Mr Tanner worked for Mrs May in the
Home Office and Downing Street.
Mr Tanner says he wants Onward
to tackle the big issues of our time –
embracing technology, addressing
growing disparities in wealth, and
providing opportunity for the young
– while still producing meaningful
retail policies for the party. Time will
tell if he succeeds, but it is vital that
Onward – and Freer and others like
them – give the party the debate it
needs about its future. Without it,
the Tories will be unable to agree
on a constructive domestic policy
programme – and that is what they
will need to win the next election.
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FEATURE
Modern family
Is there still stigma in
choosing not to have
children? Page 23
EDUCATION
Class counsellor
Why under-11s are
in therapy Page 23
ARTS
Tom Wolfe
The white-clad truth
teller of American
culture Page 24
DOMINIC LIPINSKI/GETTY; TIM STEWART NEWS; SPLASHNEWS
Gap Mum
A pregnant pause
– before all hell
breaks loose Page 22
Behind the
scenes of the
‘Markle debacle’
Eleanor Steafel unravels the long-simmering
family feud that has dominated the headlines in
the run-up to Prince Harry and Meghan’s big dayy
I
n many ways, the events of
the past few days beggar
belief. As Britain began to
prepare in earnest for the
royal wedding – an event
destined to whip up a circus
at the best of times – a
family saga so far‑fetched it
would not seem out of place
if written into the plot of a soap opera
has been playing out for real. But for
many, the remarkable antics of the
extended Markle clan will have come
as no surprise.
Over the past few months, while
Britain had its back turned on the
American gossip columns carrying
details of hate‑filled open letters from
disgruntled relatives, bitter asides on
breakfast television and tawdry “kiss‑
and‑tell” publishing deals, a chaotic
feud has been brewing. By Monday
A police mugshot
of Thomas Markle
Jr, Meghan’s
half-brother
morning, a family saga – the “Markle
debacle” – was threatening to shake the
foundations of the royal wedding.
It began on Sunday, when it emerged
that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas
– whose attendance at his daughter’s
side in St George’s Chapel on Saturday
had, until this point, been a given –
had posed for staged photos with a
paparazzi photographer. Undoubtedly
embarrassing, but not unforgivable.
On Monday, Ms Markle’s estranged
half‑sister, Samantha Grant – who had
made something of a name for herself
since the relationship went public,
commenting regularly on Meghan’s
impending nuptials and securing a
lucrative book deal – appeared on
British television to defend her father’s
actions, claiming the unfortunate
mishap had, in fact, all been her fault.
“I am entirely the culprit,” she
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Meghan Markle
M
with Prin
Prince Harry,
left, and her father,
Thomas S
Sr, above
right. Her halfsister Sam
Samantha
Grant, be
below right
claimed. “It was my suggestion, to
benefit him and to benefit the Royal
family.” She certainly had no idea
that her father would be “taken
advantage of ”, she wrote on Twitter.
Hours after the revelation, TMZ,
the online gossip juggernaut,
revealed that Mr Markle had decided
he could not walk his daughter
down the aisle, nor even attend the
wedding, for fear of embarrassing
the Royal family or his daughter. In
any case, Mr Markle was reported
as saying, he might not be allowed
to attend for medical reasons: he
had suffered a heart attack six days
earlier, checking himself out of
hospital shortly afterwards in his
determination to travel to London
for the wedding. (His doctors, he
warned, might not allow it.)
By Tuesday morning, the story
had taken another turn, as Meghan’s
half‑sister once again appeared on
television, telling Piers Morgan and
Susanna Reid on Good Morning
Britain that the stress of the media
backlash had been too much for
her father and his attendance at the
wedding still hung in the balance.
“When you say he had a heart
attack,” Morgan probed Ms Grant,
“he went to the hospital just for a
couple of hours and then checked
himself out and drove 100 miles,
and was seen the next day eating
McDonald’s and KFC. This doesn’t
seem like normal behaviour for
someone who’s had a heart attack.”
By Tuesday evening, Mr Markle, a
retired television lighting engineer
who lives in Mexico, had given an
interview to TMZ (which, at this
point, appeared to have taken on
the role of Mr Markle’s mouthpiece),
saying he would, of course, attend
the wedding – he was eager not to
miss out on this “historic moment”.
“I’d like to be a part of history,” he
said. “I hate the idea of missing one of
the greatest moments in history, and
walking my daughter down the aisle.”
But by the time Mr Markle
spoke to TMZ again, he told them
he needed urgent heart surgery
and wouldn’t be able to go to the
wedding after all…
So what is really behind all of this
chaos? Is this simply the tale of a
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T H R E E T E E N S A N D A B A BY
D I A RY O F A G A P M U M
LIZ FRASER
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21
This week:
A ‘pregnant
pause’
seems to be
something
of an understatement
CONSTANT MEDIA; COLEMAN RAYNER
fractured family being manipulated
by media companies flashing dollar
signs in front of them, and promises of
long careers as royal commentators?
Or the lashing-out of estranged family
members jealous at not being invited
to a once-in-a-lifetime event? And
what part has Thomas Markle Sr truly
played in it all?
To begin to fathom this drama, you
need first to understand a little about
the key players at the centre of it.
The Markle family feud had been
building for some time. From the
moment Meghan’s relationship with
Prince Harry was announced in
November 2016, her extended family
(from many of whom she is said to be
estranged) began to take advantage of
the media storm.
First in line? Samantha Grant who,
shortly after the pair’s relationship
went public, announced she was
writing an autobiography entitled
The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
She has since been admonished
by members of her own family
for allegedly harbouring a longstanding, all-consuming jealousy.
“She has dogged on Meghan forever,”
Samantha’s mother Roslyn told Mail
Online. “She has never liked Meghan,
and she’s always been jealous of her.”
Behind a closed Twitter account,
Ms Grant has reportedly written of
her disgust that she and other family
members had not been invited to
the wedding; Meghan’s parents are
thought to be the only two members
of her family to have received
invitations.
Meanwhile, her half-brother,
Thomas Markle Jr, seems to have his
own agenda. Last month, an explosive
open letter addressed to Prince Harry
appeared to reveal a deep-seated
anger at the heart of the Markle clan
towards the famous sister who had
gone on to lead such a different life –
and had left them off the guestlist.
“It’s not too late,” he wrote. “As
more time passed to your royal
wedding, it became very clear that
this is the biggest mistake in royal
wedding history. Meg is showing her
true colours.”
It was this public attack that
Family fortunes: Meghan’s
nephews, Tyler and Thomas
Dooley, with their mother
Tracy Dooley Markle (above
centre) arrive at Heathrow.
Below, baby Meghan is held by
her half-brother, Tom Markle,
in Los Angeles in 1982
‘Meg, I know
that I’m not
perfect, nor is
anyone else in
our family’
triggered his heart attack, Thomas
Markle Sr told TMZ.
However, anyone with a keen eye
glued on the American gossip sites
over the past two weeks cannot fail to
have observed the bizarre volte-face
that Meghan’s half-siblings now seem
to have completed.
Certainly, Thomas Markle Jr and
Samantha’s assaults on their half-sister
and members of her future family have
not only dried up, they have turned
into outpourings of sentimentality,
and a yearning to right old wrongs.
Samantha has now gone back on
her initial plan for the autobiography,
saying it won’t be a “slamming tell-all”
after all; her original “Princess Pushy”
title was meant to be a mockery of
tabloidese, not of her sister. She told
the Mirror: “[With the original title],
my point [was] that you can’t judge a
book by its cover title. I wanted the
public to look beyond that, just like I
want the public to look beyond social
labels because they are injurious. But
the opposite occurred, and it backfired
on me.”
Then, last Friday, Thomas Markle
Jr penned a second letter, this time to
his half-sister Meghan, apologising for
his behaviour. “Meg, I know that I’m
not perfect, nor is anyone else in our
family, as I’m sure you have read by
now,” he wrote in the letter published
by In Touch magazine.
“But good, bad or perfect, we’re
the only family that you have. It does
hurt my feelings not getting invited to
your wedding, along with the rest of
the family. But it’s not too late to send
me an invite along with your entire
family.”
In an interview with TMZ, Samantha
said she had a present she would
love to give Meghan. “I searched the
world for something that I thought
was really sentimental, and I’d like to
give it to her in person. But if not, I
will certainly send it,” she said, smiling
broadly. (When pressed to divulge what
present she had bought, she replied
coyly: “Well, then it wouldn’t be a
surprise – right?”)
Could it be that after all this time,
the Markle siblings are hoping for a
reconciliation?
“Whatever you decide is OK with
me,” Thomas Markle Jr wrote in his
letter last week. “Maybe I’ll see you
there, with all of us.”
He added: “It can be a royal wedding
family reunion.”
What a story that would be. It
would certainly be enough to keep
the American chat shows and gossip
sites in business for months. And the
Markles, presumably, wouldn’t do too
badly out of it either.
As the wait continues to see
whether or not Thomas Markle Sr
will be the one to walk his daughter
down the aisle, some among the
extended Markle clan have taken
matters into their own hands.
On Tuesday, Thomas Markle Jr’s
ex-wife, Tracy Dooley, accompanied
by her sons Tyler and TJ, arrived
at Heathrow, telling their growing
followers on social media they would
be in the UK to cover the wedding
for American television networks.
Ms Dooley said they would be “in
the front row cheering them on”,
delighted to be part of the festivities
in any way they could.
After an initial gripe about not being
invited to the wedding (after all, she
said, Meghan used to babysit her sons),
Ms Dooley posted on Facebook: “Just
glad to have landed safely and hoping
for Tom senior to be well, healthy
and happy.
“I wish the same for Meghan, Prince
Harry, my children, friends, family and
those who need our prayers and love.
Peace, love and good works.”
And at this moment, some peace
and love wouldn’t go amiss among
the Markles.
‘It feels like
being
underwater,
in slow
motion, at
hyper speed,
in a tumble
dryer,
carrying a
Fabergé
hippo’
T
he term
“pregnant
pause” was
invented for
the last few
weeks before
giving birth. Though
“pause” doesn’t quite do it
justice. “Pregnant inhalein-terror-and-choke-onown-saliva” would fit just
as well.
The days crawl by more
slowly than a heavily
pregnant woman trying,
understandably, to run
for the hills, and
simultaneously so fast you
can’t believe how quickly
the whole nine months
have gone by. All this,
mixed with an internal
siren of screaming
awareness that your life is
going to be smashed into a
billion exhausted pieces –
any moment now.
It feels like being
underwater, in slow
motion, at hyper-speed, in
a tumble-dryer, carrying a
Fabergé hippopotamus.
As relaxing times go, it’s
not the best.
In my previous three
pregnancies, I found these
last weeks a strange period
of reflection – largely to
help pass the endless days
of hauling my belly around
like a giant, kicking water
balloon, but also to avoid
looking at my reflection,
which by now resembles
nothing even vaguely like
the me I once knew (and
I’m feeling more and more
certain by the heartburnfilled minute that I will
never see again).
Most of all, though, I am
reflecting on relationships,
with everyone and
everything and how they
are about to change. My
parents, my partner, my
work, my friends, myself
… and my children.
They have been
incredible throughout,
and I’ve been amazed by
how well they’ve taken to
the idea of having a baby
sister, now that they’re all
teenagers and far more
interested in their mates
and Netflix. Sharing a
house with nappies and
colic is probably not high
on their list of things they
expected, or wanted, to be
doing at this point in their
lives. And they have all
handled it in their own
way. My eldest daughter,
20 and away at university,
has wanted to know all the
way through how I am,
how the bump is, and texts
to ask me about it all.
My middle daughter, at
17, was ecstatic about the
new sibling, but where my
bump was concerned I
believe “gross”, “bleurgh”
and “yuck” cropped up. I
think she was not too keen
on the idea of there being a
human inside me, and,
quite frankly, I’m not that
keen on touching anyone
else’s bumps either, so I
respect her wish not to
come hand-to-bump with
her sister, for now.
My son has perhaps
surprised me the most. At
14 years old, six feet tall
and well and truly in the
Too Cool For School stage
of life, he has asked to
touch and feel his sister
kicking and thrashing
about more than anyone,
and seems enthralled.
When she gets hiccups,
he will sit with me for
ages, feeling her hopping
about. I never expected
this, and it makes me
pretty happy, relieved and
excited about how well he
might bond with her.
The imminence of her
arrival has suddenly
stirred a lot of deeply
buried memories in me
about how much easier it
is to have a baby inside,
rather than out. Having
cursed almost every
minute of my pre-term
labour pains, heartburn,
backache, headaches and
inability to run, now I
want the baby to stay in as
long as possible to give me
the freedom to do such
madcap things as walk up
escalators, and pop out of
the house. I’m spending a
lot of time in a local
hipster café – not only
because the coffee is
exquisite, but because it
has a small, beautiful room
upstairs. Anything small
and upstairs will be out of
bounds for months after
the baby comes.
These long, slow, fast,
strange days of being a
mother of three. Before
that becomes four…
Next time: It’s almost time
to meet our baby.
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FEATURES
Is there
still stigma
to being
child-free
by choice?
‘When
you say
childless,
it sounds
like you’re
missing
something’
Novellist Nicola Moriarty tells
Rosa Silverman that she has
experienced rivalry between
mums and non-mums herself
I
t is broadly accepted, if not
always applauded, that in the
Western world today, women
may do with their lives pretty
much whatever they want. In
many countries, including
this one, they can even serve on the
front line in war. So why, when
society has become so relaxed about
a multiplicity of female roles and
identities, does it still baulk when we
reject just one in particular – that of
motherhood?
We may have moved on since the
days when childless women were
regarded as witches, but progress has
perhaps not been as great as we’d
like to think. This week, professional
racing driver Leilani Münter, 44,
who is fronting a new campaign for
British charity Population Matters,
spoke about the difficulties women
can face in making the choice to be
child-free. “It’s something expected
of people as if that is the natural
chain of events: you meet your
partner, get married and have kids,”
she said. “When you don’t do that
last step, people ask, ‘Are you not
having any kids?’ I always answer,
‘Actually my husband and I are
child-free by choice. When you say
‘childless’ it sounds like you are
missing something.”
Münter’s comments will no doubt
resonate with Nicola Moriarty, who
explores this theme in her new novel,
Those Other Women – a title that speaks
to the often incomprehensible
“otherness” of those who make
choices that are different from
our own.
In the book, two friends who have
opted not to have children create a
Facebook group for women like them.
Set up in opposition to their local
“mums online” forum, “Non-Mums
Online” brings together those who
have grown tired of watching their
colleagues get pregnant and take
months off work, only to return with
“smug” smiles.
It throws up an interesting
question: why are we still so
bewildered by women who are
child-free by choice? I put this to
Moriarty, surprisingly, a 36-year-old
mother of two daughters aged nine
and seven, when she speaks to me on
the phone from her native Australia.
“Even though the world is changing
and we are becoming more accepting
of different types of family units,
people will still [make assumptions
about] women of a certain age,” she
says. “If they haven’t got children yet,
they’re going to ask why. There’s an
assumption it’s one of life’s goals. I
wonder if it’s to do with that maternal
instinct – the idea that everyone must
have the biological clock ticking.”
She points out that representations
of women in popular culture tend to
hammer the message home: once you
are past a certain age, “everything you
see paints the woman as a mother. If
we do see [a child-free woman
represented], usually it has to be all
about someone who’s focused on a
career. It’s never about a woman who
just wants to live her life and enjoy it.”
Childlessness is on the rise. Earlier
this year, an international league table
found that a fifth of British women
remained child-free in their 40s, with
the overall rate in this country up by
almost 50 per cent since the midNineties. In Australia, where
Moriarty’s novel is set, 16 per cent of
women in their 40s have no offspring.
Under-11s are too young for
therapy? Not in my classroom…
Our youngsters are in
crisis and primary school
counselling is a positive
step, says one practitioner
GETTY IMAGES/CANOPY
T
he sooner you reach
a child who is facing
emotional difficulties
in their lives, the more
help you can offer
them. This is something
I have learnt in my five years
working with children and families
as an art psychotherapist – a role
that feels more important than ever,
following NSPCC figures released
this week which show that mental
health referrals for under-11s have
risen a third in just three years. That
equates to 183 referrals every school
day, or almost 35,000 requests for
specialist support in 2017-18.
The numbers are alarming, but
the benefits of intervening early
cannot be overstated. Primary school
children who receive support of
this kind are less likely to develop
problems as they enter their teenage
years; every £1 invested in child
counselling has a social return of
£6.20, according to new research
from Pro Bono Economics and
Place2Be, the children’s mental
health charity where I work. Therapy
can help reduce rates of truancy,
exclusion, smoking, depression
and crime later in life, sparing
both children and their families
an enormous amount of heartache
further down the line. There are three major problems
that affect many of the children I
work with; they have a relative with
a mental health difficulty, there is a
domestic abuse situation at home,
or a background of substance abuse.
Children are deeply aware of their
environment, and their home
lives have the capacity to alter the
chemistry in their bodies, potentially
resulting in trauma at an early age.
As I hope the spotlight being shone
upon this issue during Mental Health
Awareness Week shows, there’s no
use waiting for problems to develop
and get worse, particularly when a
child’s health could be at risk. Our first job as primary school
counsellors is to educate teachers
about the signs that indicate a child
could be struggling. It is possible
to pick up on cues that something
isn’t right with a child as early as
Building block: counselling encourages under-11s to talk about their feelings
Reception or Year 1. Though the signs
are different for every child, they
can range from extreme timidity to
a desire to constantly disrupt things.
For example, a child who has a parent
with a mental health problem may
end up playing the role of carer when
they are at home; these children
might appear to get on quietly, taking
the pressure of looking after a family
member on with apparent ease, but
underneath, they could be in need
of support.
Other signs include the inability
to concentrate in lessons, social
difficulties with peers and complete
behavioural shifts. Teachers spend so
much time with their classes that they
are usually highly attuned to changes
in individuals. In the past, there was
little they could do to help, given the
pressures on them to meet education
targets and lead dozens of children,
but in the schools where we operate,
teachers now have a place to refer
their concerns.
This could go some way in
explaining the NSPCC’s latest findings,
which came with an added call for
more funding to be allocated to its
Childline phone support service. “Our
research shows schools are increasingly
referring children for specialist
mental health treatment, often when
the child is at crisis point,” said Peter
Wanless, chief executive of the charity.
“We have seen a marked increase in
counselling about mental health, and
fully expect it to continue.”
When a child has been identified by a
teacher or member of staff as requiring
extra support, they are referred to me
for counselling. Once we have received
parental consent, the children can visit
the Place2Be room, which is filled with
art materials, puppets and dolls. It’s not
a box of tissues and two people talking;
it’s a space that fosters creativity
and expression. We hold open play
sessions directed by the children. To work with children means you
are inevitably working with families,
too. Sometimes, parents aren’t ready
to have their own counselling, but we
build a bridge with them so they also
feel supported.
Critics on primary school
counselling say under-11s are too young
for therapy, and that offering such
assistance could feed the anxieties of
the “Snowflake” youth. But that’s not
the case. These are age-old issues that,
in the past, have been ignored and
led to costs down the line. We finally
have an awareness of how to approach
children in a way that could save
them from problems in the future.
Primary school counsellors are going
to become increasingly common as
schools recognise their duty of care
includes a child’s emotional well-being.
And that should be seen for what it is: a
great thing, and a building block on the
path to a primary school culture where
it’s OK – and even encouraged – to
talk about your feelings. As told to Cara McGoogan
Yet our attitudes appear to be lagging
behind the figures, prompting a
backlash among some women. The
idea of Moriarty’s non-mums
Facebook group, for instance, is not
fiction: on the contrary, several such
online communities exist in real life.
One, called Women Without
Children, features on its page a
sardonic mock-up of a car sticker that
reads “No baby on board, feel free to
drive into me.” Posts in the group
include scientific research showing
that mothers age faster, and a study
that says women without children
typically earn more.
Another article shared between
members asks, “why are women
without children still stigmatised
by society?”
Moriarty’s novel takes the
theme as its jumping off
point, making
entertaining play
of the rivalry
between mums
and non-mums
– something she
has experienced
first-hand. “I recall
that before having children, I did
make judgments of other people,” she
admits. “I remember being part of the
workforce and making judgments of
mothers for having special privileges
and [me] having to take up the slack.”
She was 29 when she had her first
daughter, having always known she
wanted children. She also always
knew she wanted to write – her
childhood dream was to compose and
illustrate children’s books – but,
unsure how to go about it, she
bounced between various jobs in
sales and marketing, ran her own
gift hamper business, and
became a swimming teacher.
“But I was always writing
and I’ve got two sisters who
are writers. Seeing them
get published made me
think, ‘Wow, there are
real life people who
do this,’” she says.
One of these
sisters is Liane
Moriarty, the
author of Big
Little Lies. When
her bestselling novel
SCOTT R LEPAGE; GETTY IMAGES
All equal: Nicola
Moriarty, above,
believes women
are judged unfairly
if they decide not
to have a family, a
view that chimes
with racing driver
Leilani Münter,
below
was adapted as an HBO television
series starring Reese Witherspoon
and Nicole Kidman last year, Liane’s
career attained a level of success
most writers can only dream of.
“It’s still surreal. You’re like, ‘oh
my God, Liane, how did you get so
famous?’” laughs her younger sister.
Is there ever any sibling rivalry?
“[It’s] pretty good-natured,” says
Moriarty. “The only rivalry we have
is fighting over family stories we
want to use in our books.”
Growing up in Sydney, Nicola was
the youngest of six, and Liane used to
read her bedtime stories. “It was
definitely inspirational to have all
this storytelling in our household,”
she says.
But her own first novel happened,
almost by accident, about 10
years ago.
“One night I started working on
something that I only ever intended
on being a short story but when I got
to the end, it didn’t feel finished, so I
thought I’d keep going,” she recalls.
“I didn’t admit to myself that I was
writing a novel due to fear of failure.
I googled ‘how many words in a
novel’ and came up with 100,000
and thought ‘that’s what I’m going to
aim for.’”
The result was Free-Falling, a
tragic-romantic comedy published in
2012. But only when an American
publisher picked up her second
novel, Paper Chains, originally
published in Australia in 2013 and
released in the US last year, did she
realise she could carve out a future in
writing.
“I thought, ‘well, I’ve lived the
dream but I’m unlikely to get
published again,” says Moriarty.
She is currently working on her
sixth novel.
Having published authors in the
family has been a mixed blessing,
however. “Over the years I’ve
worried people have thought I’m
only writing or getting published
because of my sisters. People have
said ‘publishers are trying to cash in
on her sisters’ fame’ – and that’s very
disheartening,” she says.
Still, it must be tempting to ask her
sisters for advice sometimes?
“I have in the past,” she says. “It’s
nice to have someone to reassure you
that yes, it’s OK.”
Such reassurance is what Moriarty
is now offering in her new book – to
women, like Münter and thousands
of others, who have chosen to be
child-free. It’s assumed that “if you
don’t want this natural maternal
thing there must be reasons for it,”
she adds. But those “other women”
are really, as Moriarty points out, not
all that different to anyone else.
Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
is published by Penguin (£7.99). To
order your copy for £6.99 plus p&p, call
0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.
co.uk
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Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Arts
The hero you
couldn’t hope
to emulate
Top 5 Tom Wolfe books
The Electric
Kool-Aid Acid
Test (1968)
The pioneer of
New Journalism
stubbornly kept
on his threepiece suit for
this trip across
America with
LSD evangelist
Ken Kesey in
a bus daubed
in psychedelic
colours.
Radical Chic &
Mau-Mauing the
Flak Catchers
(1970)
“Radical
chic” entered
the lexicon
after Wolfe’s
article about
a fashionable
New York party
given for the
F
or any aspiring
journalist in the
Seventies, there were
two writers to whom
one looked above all
others, as examples
not only of acuity and
stylistic excellence
but of the possibilities
that journalism seemed to offer to
experience and write the world anew.
One was Gay Talese, the father of
New Journalism, a literary movement
that grew up in the Sixties, which
eschewed the customary Olympian
detachment of newspaper and
magazine reporting in favour of an
immersive style of writing that turned
all of the devices of fiction – reported
speech, scene-setting, intimate details
and the use of interior monologue –
to the service of factual reporting.
The other was that movement’s
most vivid, colourful and inarguably
successful practitioner, Tom Wolfe.
It was Wolfe who took the founding
principles of New Journalism, forging
a singular and scintillating style that
he would bring to bear in examining
major cultural and social movements
in America over the course of 50 years.
Journalism, it is said, is the first
draft of history. Nobody exemplifies
the dictum better than Wolfe, the
cultural observer and social critic par
excellence.
In 1963, he was working on the
New York Herald Tribune when he
came upon a story about a hot rod and
customised car show. Realising he had
stumbled upon an unreported world
of car fanatics, he pitched the story to
Esquire. But with deadline looming,
Wolfe experienced a block. His editor,
Byron Dobell, told him to just file his
notes and they’d knock it into shape.
Wolfe sat down and in a panic began
typing furiously: “Dear Dobell, the
first good look I had at customised
cars was at an event called a ‘Teen
Fair’…” As Wolfe liked to tell it, Dobell
simply struck out the salutation, and
ran the notes in full under the title
“The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake
Streamline Baby”.
Wolfe had found his voice, and
his subject, a new American culture,
energised by a booming economy
– teenage scenemakers, hip social
butterflies, “New
York’s Beautiful
People” – all of which
he would capture in a
hyperventilating prose
as vivid and colourful
as his subjects.
Wolfe took subjects
that others would have
regarded as beneath
consideration, and
celebrated and lionised
them: the record
producer Phil Spector
– “the first tycoon of teen”; London
mods dancing away their lunch hour
in “The Noonday Underground”; and
the New York socialite Baby Jane
Holzer, “The Girl of the Year”.
Reading his zinging, exhilarating
prose, with its idiosyncratic structure
and exclamation-mark splattered
streams of consciousness – he began
one article on Las Vegas by repeating
“hernia” 57 times – it could sometimes
seem that Wolfe was not just in the
vanguard of a new way of writing, but
was inventing a whole new vocabulary
in the process. Consider his
marvellously inventive descriptions of
casino signage: “Boomerang Modern,
Palette Curvilinear, Flash Gordon
Ming Alert, McDonald’s Hamburger
© DAN CALLISTER; GETTY IMAGES
Mick Brown explains his lifelong admiration
for Tom Wolfe, who died on Monday, and
fondly recalls interviewing him in 2016
A patented
uniform: Tom Wolfe
photographed last
year; inset, pictured
in New York in 1965
P
Parabola,
Miami
B
Beach Kidney…”
His painterly eye
ffor detail and colour,
tthe anthropologist’s
attention to social ritual and
behaviour, his full-on engagement
with his subject and his determination
never to write a dull word – as a
journalist one could learn from all this,
but never hope to emulate it. Wolfe’s
was a style that was often imitated,
but never bettered.
In 1968, Wolfe published his first
full-length non-fiction book, The
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account
of a bus journey across America taken
by the author Ken Kesey and a group
of friends called the Merry Pranksters,
fuelled by copious amounts of LSD.
It would become one of key texts of
the psychedelic revolution that swept
across America in the late Sixties. It
established Wolfe as a major cultural
commentator and, along with The
Right Stuff, his brilliant account of the
test pilots on the first Project Mercury
space programme, stands as Wolfe’s
defining non-fiction work.
Wolfe’s take could be scathing.
In Radical Chic, published in 1970,
he satirised a party held by the
composer Leonard Bernstein at his
duplex apartment on Park Avenue
for the Black Panthers, as an example
of the pieties of “limousine liberals”
attempting to salve their consciences
by patronising black radicals.
Interviewed by Time magazine, one
Black Panther traduced Wolfe as
“that dirty, blatant, lying, racist dog
who wrote that fascist disgusting
thing in New York magazine”.
His 1976 essay, The Me Decade,
riotously lampooned the affluent
middle-classes’ pursuit of meaning
through the new religion of selfabsorption and narcissism. It begins
with a description of a pampered
businesswoman rolling around on
the floor in a new age encounter
group, screaming about her
haemorrhoids – a symptom of what
Wolfe called “the alchemical dream” of
“remaking, remodelling, elevating, and
polishing one’s very self and observing,
studying, and doting on it. (Me!)”
Wolfe’s first novel, and the work for
which he will be best remembered,
The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in
1987, skewered equally the avaricious,
get-rich-quick culture of Wall Street
and the grifters and chancers seeking
to exploit political capital wherever the
opportunity presented itself, embodied
in the opportunist figure of the Harlem
civil rights leader, Reverend Bacon.
He went on to write critically about
the art world and modern architecture
in The Painted Word and From
Bauhaus to Our House. His last book,
The Kingdom of Speech, was a critique
Black Panthers
by the conductor
Leonard
Bernstein.
The Right Stuff
(1979)
Wolfe’s study
of what it took
– mentally and
physically –
to become a
military test
pilot or an
astronaut was
made in 1987
into a critically
acclaimed but
commercially
disastrous film.
The Bonfire of
the Vanities
(1987)
Wolfe’s first
blockbuster, a
satirical thriller
about New York
Eighties excess,
is captured
in its snappy,
recurring motifs:
“Yale chin”,
“bucket seat”,
“perfect breasts”.
A Man in Full
(1998)
It took Wolfe
11 years to follow
The Bonfire of
the Vanities with
a second novel,
which remained
in its shadow. It’s
a souped-up tale
of privilege and
race in Atlanta –
Norman Mailer
compared
reading it to
“making love
to a 300-pound
woman… Fall
in love, or be
asphyxiated.”
of Darwin and Chomsky, arguing
that it is speech, not evolution, that
sets humans apart from animals. It
was not received kindly, and marked
a diminuendo ending to a brilliant
career.
Even those unfamiliar with his work
could not have failed to notice Wolfe
at a hundred paces. His natty white
suits, snap brim fedoras, starched
collars and bespoke shoes went
from being a “southern gentleman”
affectation (Wolfe was born and raised
in Richmond, Virginia) to a patented
uniform. He was said to be distraught
when Saturday Night Fever came out.
Even at the times of his immersion
in the wilder shores of American
culture, Wolfe was a determinedly
fastidious dresser. When I interviewed
him in 2016 he recalled writing about
stock-car driver Junior Johnson. He
figured it might be more appropriate
to “dress casual” – which meant “a
green tweed suit, a blue Oxford button
shirt; a black knit necktie, suede
buckle shoes and a Borsalino hat. I
thought, that’s pretty casual.”
They say never meet your heroes,
but Wolfe was as accommodating, as
gracious and as amusing as one could
have wished him to be. I remarked
on his ability to climb into the minds
of his subjects to describe the LSD
experience so vividly. Wolfe had
talked of taking LSD in the past, but
now he admitted that he never had.
“All these people were totally out of it.
I felt it was really far too dangerous to
take a chance.”
He seemed somewhat abashed by
the confession. “But really,” he said,
“you just have to tell the truth.”
Would that he could stay around a
little longer to tell the truth about the
times we are now living in.
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Arts
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Rising star: Nilüfer
Yanya grew up to a
backdrop of Simon
& Garfunkel and the
Turkish music
enjoyed by her
father; performing
on stage, below
‘Millennials don’t want to
feel what others are feeling’
Alice Vincent meets Nilüfer Yanya, the
gifted 22-year-old Londoner who’s being
compared to Amy Winehouse and Adele
E
arlier this month, research
suggesting that millennials
are increasingly abstaining
from sex made headlines,
but they’ve apparently
forgotten how to love,
too – according to 22-year-old singer
and guitarist Nilüfer Yanya, at least.
“People don’t want to feel what other
people are feeling, they want to feel
what they’re feeling. [They] aren’t as
interested unless it relates to them. I
wouldn’t call it selfish … but possibly.”
The subject comes up as we lament
the lack of great modern love songs,
while speaking in a Parisian gallery
ahead of her show in the French
capital. “The absence of them is kind
of sad, that nobody really feels that
way any more,” she says.
Lucky, then, that Yanya is doing
her bit to bring matters of the
heart back in vogue – even if her
raw, jazz-inflected songs are about
its disintegration more than its
blossoming. The languid Keep on
Calling unpicks the anatomy of a
break-up. Thanks 4 Nothing was
spewed out in the wake of seeing an
old boyfriend walk past her window
and being “horrified that I might have
to talk to him – just the thought made
me feel physically sick”. Even the
romantically titled Baby Luv is about
“being able to feel pain, and knowing
that it’s important to.”
The sincerity of Yanya’s lyrics is
amplified by her distinctive London
accent – she still lives with her parents
in the Ladbroke Grove home she grew
up in – and perhaps because of this,
and the beguiling, unpolished quality
of her voice, she has won comparisons
to Amy Winehouse and Adele.
Comparisons that she robustly shrugs
off: “It’s nice, but I know these singers
have specifically trained their voices
to sing like that, and that’s their thing,
their voice. I don’t feel like a singer [in
the same way].”
She has a point. Unlike those two
Brit school attendees, Yanya bears no
stage school training, but has instead
found herself becoming a singersongwriter thanks to a mixture of good
luck and keen mentors, who noticed
her talent long before she did – if,
indeed, she even has yet.
The middle daughter of two artists,
Yanya grew up to a backdrop of Simon
& Garfunkel and the Turkish music
enjoyed by her father. Her musical
abilities flourished thanks to the then
exemplary music department at her
Pimlico secondary school. “Then they
turned it into an academy, and all the
music got phased out,” Yanya says.
“It’s a shame, because it was the most
exciting thing about the school.”
She then got a further helping
hand after winning a scholarship
for Saturday school music classes at
London’s Centre for Young Musicians.
“I don’t know how long it would have
taken me to [otherwise],” she says.
“It makes such a difference to have
that support.” Her parents wanted
An oddly unmoving memorial
Megastar: the
documentary
Whitney features
the family of the
singer, who died in
Beverly Hills in 2012
Cannes Film Festival
Whitney
Cert TBC, 120 min
★★★★★
Dir Kevin Macdonald
By Tim Robey
T
he second and more “official”
feature documentary about
the steep, upsetting parabola
of Whitney Houston’s life, Kevin
Macdonald’s Whitney comes about
a year after Whitney: Can I Be Me,
Nick Broomfield’s exploration of her
pressurised career and drug-assisted
burnout. The latter lacked either the
endorsement or involvement of the
Houston family, above all her mother,
Cissy, presented there as the architect
and oppressive controller of her fame.
This one has the Houston clan’s
blessing, which cuts two ways. On the
plus side, we get a much more intimate
sense of Houston’s upbringing, and one
late-arriving bombshell as Macdonald
looks to her childhood – described
reflexively as “idyllic”, but marked
by a secret history of abuse – to
contextualise why addiction took hold.
The danger is what protective
agendas might colour the exercise.
It’s curious that Cissy appears only at
the very start, interviewed briefly in
the very church where her daughter’s
funeral took place. This doesn’t help
the cause in terms of allaying doubts:
it feels like Macdonald is taking care
to placate Cissy and give her a degree
of authorship. Whitney’s ex-husband,
Bobby Brown, is a star contributor on
paper, but he clams up totally when
Macdonald tries to steer the discussion
to drugs, with the revealingly sinister:
“That’s not what this film is about.”
Macdonald shows he’s under no
obligation to agree, though, and there’s
clearly an inner circle of trust he thinks
can be fruitfully accessed. Sometimes
he’s right. Other interviewees fill in the
blanks, and there’s a particularly grim
revelation. One of Whitney’s brothers,
Gary Garland, says he was molested as
a child by a female relative. Whitney’s
aunt, Mary Jones – who found her body
in the Beverly Hilton hotel – then says
that Whitney told her “Mary, I was too.
It was a woman”, and also names the
abuser: Whitney and Gary’s cousin,
DeeDee Warwick (sister of Dionne).
This feels all the more convincing
coming from such a sympathetic
source, and gives the film a news value
otherwise lacking.
There’s no single explanation for
how a career as dazzling as Houston’s
was from about 1985 to 1999 could
implode so quickly and distressingly
over the next decade. However beyond
her own control it was, the packaging
of Houston’s talents (was she to be “fad
music” or “legacy music”?) didn’t halt
her ascent to megastar status with The
Bodyguard in 1992, providing her with a
blockbuster and the best-selling single
by a woman in music history.
Whitney’s sexuality is still a matter
of thorny dispute, not least because of
Cissy’s disapproval – absent here – of
her relationship with creative director
and sometime lover Robyn Crawford.
It’s acknowledged that the family’s
homophobia was a troubling factor,
and even – according to Jones – that the
aforementioned childhood abuse could
have complicated Houston’s sexual
preferences in adulthood, explaining
the forced normativity of her marriage.
Public mockery of Houston’s
declining health, after a disastrous
Diane Sawyer interview in 2002, was
brutal and debilitating, too. The film
is oddly unmoving as a memorial but,
as with Asif Kapadia’s documentary on
Amy Winehouse, it inspires a collective
mea culpa for the feeding frenzy of
judgment that only turned to sympathy
when it was far too late.
Opens in the UK in June
her to pursue more academic subjects
however – it was lucky, therefore,
that while she applied Goldsmith’s
university to study, she failed to get in:
“it felt like I’d been let off ”, she laughs.
She signed up to a vocational music
college course instead, but by this
point the songs Yanya had uploaded
online had already caught the
attention of scouts. A steady flow of
major label meetings followed, though
she is both dismissive of and unfazed
by such industry rigmarole.
“At the beginning it’s exciting, but
two years later it gets really dull,” she
says of the dance undertaken to get a
record deal. “After so many meetings
everyone looks the same, sounds
the same. My music isn’t the kind of
music that’s chart music; you realise
that major labels aren’t going to work
for you.” In the end, she signed with
ATO, an independent New York label,
for whom she released her first single
earlier this year.
Her music has already travelled
well: the show she’s playing, in a
tucked-away bar near the fashionable
Paris neighbourhood of Bastille, has
sold out. There’s something in the
resonant soulfulness of Yanya’s music
that appeals to French fans, it seems.
When she sings Keep on Calling, the
bobos in the room lose their cool
and start to dance to the skeins of
heartbreak emerging from the stage.
While her voice does have the aching
roominess of Winehouse’s (with school
friend Jazzy Bobbi’s saxophone lending
the irresistible jazz tones to Yanya’s
guitar lines) there is a far more soothing
quality to her music. As a personality,
she also seems far more assured than
the late, great troubled star.
Her self-possession is clear when
we talk about feminism, which
she presents as an unquestionable
logic, rather than a philosophy to be
debated. She says she wants to remain
single for the moment, chiefly because
she thinks relationships can make
young women subservient. “I feel like
you slot into that role, of a girlfriend…
it’s just a bit dangerous.”
She says with breezy resignation
that she’s been treated “fine” as a
young woman both in life and the
music industry, but has also become
increasingly aware of the double
standards by which men and women
are judged. “You don’t always feel
100 per cent safe, I guess, putting
stuff out there [as a woman]. It could
mean more backlash, more judgment.
There’s not an inbuilt system in place
to protect you.”
Meanwhile one of her driving aims
is to actively reject any focus on her
looks – no mean feat for a female pop
star. “People are trying to bring you
down with their obsession with image.
We don’t need to have the male gaze,
it’s just imported into our brain.” Plus,
she says, she simply doesn’t “want to
waste my time”.
For the moment, there’s a tour to
be getting on with. Her band are a
tight, puppyish schmozzle of school
friends who still live in London; as I
watch preparations for the gig, they
lark about during soundcheck, while
Yanya watches on, letting out highpitched squeals of laughter.
For the next week, and the summer
ahead, they’ll mostly be occupying
the same van. “It’s got a kettle, got
a toaster, got a table in the middle,”
Yanya says of life on the road. “I’ve got
everything I want”.
Nilüfer Yanya is on tour until May 29.
Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
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but where is
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Music
Effigies of Wickedness
ENO, Gate Theatre
★★★★★
By Rupert Christiansen
T
his starts off so promisingly: a
small-scale show devoted to
songs that fell foul of the Nazis,
performed in the magical cave that
serves as the Gate Theatre’s
auditorium above a pub in Notting
Hill. The set designed by Ellan Parry
is rather wonderful, too.
Four characterful and accomplished
singers – the classically trained
baritone Peter Brathwaite (who
originated the show’s concept) –
mezzo-soprano Katie Bray, Edinburgh
Fringe sensation Lucy McCormick and
the amiably bearded drag queen Le
Gateau Chocolat – are accompanied by
a trio of excellent musicians. English
National Opera co-produces and lends
expertise. Snappy and snazzy English
translations by Seiriol Davies seem to
roll fluently off the tunes.
But something has gone wrong in
the execution. Ellen McDougall’s
staging, developed in collaboration
with Christopher Green, is just too
chummy and cosy – gemütlich, as the
Germans put it. With the performers
elaborately costumed and the
stagecraft over-egged, the atmosphere
is closer to that of provincial panto
than a seedy backstreet dive in Berlin.
A light, humorous commentary
links attractive romantic songs by
composers such as Friedrich
Holländer and Mischa Spoliansky, but
because we are told so little about
oppression and censorship under the
Third Reich, there is never any sense
of why the Nazis took offence.
Only later does the temperature rise
slightly, as McCormick sings Bertolt
Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s dialogue
between a doctor and a woman in
need of an abortion and Brathwaite
gives a rousing account of the same
poet and composer’s Solidarity Song,
which suddenly fades into disarming
nothingness. Bray is splendid too in
The Ballad of Marie Sanders, but
overall the whole confection is too
sugar-coated and short of the
ingredients of urgency, protest, fear
and anger that underlie this music.
Until June 9. Tickets: 020 7229 0706;
gatetheatre.co.uk or eno.org
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Court & Social
Court
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BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 16th
The Queen, Patron, today gave a
Reception at Buckingham Palace
for members of the Victoria Cross
and George Cross Association.
The Duke of York, accompanied
by Princess Eugenie of York, The
Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess
Michael of Kent and Princess
Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy
were present.
CLARENCE HOUSE
May 16th
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this morning
visited the London Headquarters
of Google and the YouTube Space
studios, St Giles High Street,
London WC2, and were received
by Mrs Colleen Harris (Deputy
Lieutenant of Greater London).
Their Royal Highnesses
afterwards visited Yoox Net-APorter, the Media Works, White
City Place, 191 Wood Lane,
London W12, and were received
by Mr Kevin McGrath (Deputy
Lieutenant of Greater London).
The Prince of Wales this
afternoon visited the British
Fashion Council, White City
House, Television Centre, Wood
Lane, London W12.
His Royal Highness this
afternoon received the Rt Hon
Jeremy Corbyn, MP (Leader of the
Opposition).
The Prince of Wales, President,
The Prince’s Trust Group, this
afternoon held a Meeting.
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this evening
attended the Press Association’s
One Hundred and Fiftieth
Anniversary Reception at Tate
Britain, Millbank, London SW1,
and were received by Dr Paul
Knapman (Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
KENSINGTON PALACE
May 16th
The Duke of Cambridge,
Patron, the Royal Foundation
of The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Harry,
this morning attended a Meeting
with representatives from the
financial sector to agree the
formation of a Taskforce on the
Illegal Wildlife Trade, Standard
Chartered Bank, 1 Basinghall
Avenue, London EC4.
His Royal Highness, Patron, the
Royal Foundation of The Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince
Harry, this evening attended a
Reception at St James’s Palace.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 16th
The Earl of Wessex, Trustee,
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,
this morning visited Woolmer
Hill School, Woolmer Hill Road,
Haslemere, and was received
by Mr Robert Napier (Deputy
Lieutenant of Surrey).
His Royal Highness, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees, The
Duke of Edinburgh’s International
Award Foundation, this morning
visited Petworth House Real
Tennis Court, Petworth, as part
of His Royal Highness’s The
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Real
Tennis Tour, and was received
by Mr Patrick Burgess (Deputy
Lieutenant of West Sussex).
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees, The
Duke of Edinburgh’s International
Award Foundation, this evening
attended a Dinner at Petworth
House.
Today’s birthdays
Rolls-Royce, 1985-92, 94; the
Earl of Airlie, Lord-Lieutenant
for Angus, 1989-2001; Lord
Chamberlain, 1984-97, 92; Sir
Ronald Halstead, Deputy
Chairman, British Steel, 1986-94,
91; Sir Rodric Braithwaite,
former diplomat, 86; the Rt
Rev Peter Price, Bishop of
Bath and Wells, 2002-13, 74; Mr
B.S. Chandrasekhar, former
India cricketer, 73; the Rt Rev
Stephen Platten, Bishop of
Wakefield, 2003-14, 71; Mr
John Fassenfelt, Chairman,
Magistrates’ Association, 201113, 71; Lord Bradley, former
Labour Government Minister,
68; Mr Alan Johnson, former
Labour Cabinet Minister, 68;
Sir Simon Hughes, former
Liberal Democrat MP, 67; Mr
John Franklin, Head Master,
Christ’s Hospital School,
2007-17, 65; Dame Patricia
Reddy, Governor-General of
New Zealand, 64; Mr Michael
Roberts, former flat racing
jockey and Champion Jockey,
1992; now trainer, 64; Prof Sir
Paul Curran, President, City,
University of London, 63; Mr
Ivor Bolton, conductor, 60;
Gen Sir Richard Barrons,
Commander Joint Forces
Command, 2013-16; President
and Colonel Commandant,
HAC, 59; Mr Justin King, Chief
Executive, J. Sainsbury plc,
2004-14, 57; Mr Jeremy Vine,
broadcaster, 53; Miss Christine
Ohuruogu, track and field
athlete; former Olympic, World
and Commonwealth 400m
Champion, 34; and Ms Katrina
Hart, athlete; Paralympic bronze
medallist, women’s 4x100m T35/T38, London 2012, 28.
Mr Anthony Eyton, painter,
is 95; Lord Tombs, Chairman,
Today is the anniversary of the
Relief of Mafeking in 1900.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 16th
The Princess Royal, President,
this morning attended the
Royal Agricultural Society of
the Commonwealth’s Annual
General Meeting, Royal Ulster
Agricultural Society Showground,
Balmoral Park, Maize Long Kesh,
Lisburn, and was received by Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the
County Borough of Belfast (Mrs
Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle).
Her Royal Highness this
afternoon visited Royal Ulster
Agricultural Society’s Balmoral
Show, Balmoral Park.
The Princess Royal, Grand
Master, the Royal Victorian Order,
accompanied by Vice Admiral
Sir Tim Laurence, this evening
attended Evensong in The Queen’s
Chapel of the Savoy, Savoy Hill,
London WC2, followed by a
Reception.
KENSINGTON PALACE
May 16th
The Duchess of Gloucester,
Patron, today attended a Service
of Celebration to mark the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the Arts Society
in Westminster Abbey, London,
SW1.
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
www.royal.uk
FIRST WORLD WAR
Mr G.F. Gwilliam and
Miss R.B.L. de Galleani
The engagement is announced
between George, elder son of Mr
Peter Gwilliam and the late Mrs
Liddy Gwilliam, of Enton, Surrey,
and Rosalind, youngest daughter
of Mr and Mrs Simon de Galleani,
of St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Online ref: 553721
Mr J.P. Ferguson and
Miss C.S. Moore
The marriage took place on
Saturday, May 12, 2018, at
Elizabeth Castle, Jersey, between
Jeffery, son of the late Ronald
Ferguson and Valerie Durell, and
Carolyn, daughter of Mrs Susan
Moore.
The bride, who was given away
by her brother, Dr Nicholas Moore,
was attended by Miss Hannah
Edwards, maid of honour. Mr
Steve Wharmby was best man and
Rickie Noble, Daryn Noble and
Jason Noble were ushers.
The honeymoon will be spent in
Hawaii, USA.
Online ref: 553733
The English-Speaking Union
Mr James Levelle was the speaker
at a luncheon held yesterday by
the Exeter and District branch of
The English-Speaking Union at the
Exeter Golf and Country Club. His
subject was “A Journey across
South America with no Money.”
Other notice
COMPANY OF MERCHANT
ADVENTURERS OF THE CITY
OF YORK
The Company of Merchant
Adventurers of the City of York has
elected the following officers for
the ensuing year:
Governor, Mr Timothy Marks;
Immediate Past Governor, Dr Philip
Thake; Deputy Governor, Mr David
Barstow; Senior Warden, Mr Alastair
Barron; and Junior Warden, Dr Delma
Tomlin.
Bridge news
The Scottish Swiss Pairs for
the T.N. Culbertson Memorial
Salver has taken place at the
new venue of the Ayr Academy,
writes Julian Pottage, Bridge
Correspondent, and the winners
are as follows:
1st Sandy Duncan and Bob
McPaul, 100 VPs; 2nd James
Forsyth and Nigel Guthrie, 97 VPs;
3rd Harry Smith and Roy Bennett,
96 VPs; 4th Frances Murphy and
Rita Stuart, 94 VPs; and 5th Jim
McMenemy and Bobby Moore,
93 VPs.
LONDON, FRIDAY MAY 17, 1918
COMING OFFENSIVE
THE TIME FACTOR
SHELLS AND SUNSHINE
From Philip Gibbs. War Correspondents’
Headquarters, France, Thursday.
The long postponement of the enemy’s coming
assaults seems a definite proof that his losses in
the first six weeks of his offensive were so heavy
that he had to abandon the costly tactical blows
which followed his general advance, in order to
reorganise his fighting machine. The task of filling up his gaps by large drafts from his dépôts,
where he has begun to draw upon his boys of the
1919 class, is taking up time, and it seems to me
evident now that he will not attempt to strike
again until his fresh and refitted divisions are
ready for a new offensive on something like the
scale of March 21. The time he has already taken
has been entirely in our favour, and we need be in
no hurry for him to begin. We have forced from
him the very thing which he wanted most to deny
us – time, and by yielding that under force majeure
he has had to abandon his greatest chance of victory, and, as many of us believe, his only chance.
Our gaps are now filled up, the exhaustion of
our troops after long fighting has now passed,
the French armies are mingled with ours, and
our men no longer have to bear the brunt of
the enemy’s full strength in numbers that
were hideously unequal. That the German
High Command gave time for this is good evidence enough that they could take no further
risks in the first gambler’s throw, and had to
cut their losses for a time, or at least be satisfied with smaller gains than they had hoped.
So much for the general situation. The particular
situation is just a matter of shellfire and sunshine.
The sunshine, which has put a splendour over the
fields of France so warmly that the light spirit of
May is deepening to the colours of flaming June,
is spoilt near the lines by the shellfire. For its
beastliness is not redeemed by a blue sky, and
shell splinters bite as sharply into human flesh
though they come into fields enamelled with the
blue-eyed speedwell. The German guns have
been busy about Lens and in the old places up in
Flanders, and in the country north of Albert. Yesterday they did some violent counter-battery
work with gas-shells and others, and tried to
silence our guns which are still harassing the German side of things in a very deadly way.
COMRADES-IN-ARMS
All this is the routine of war between battles. What
is better to see is the country behind the line. It is
enchanting now, and puts such a spell upon one’s
senses at these glinting woods of France where
every leaf is a jewel, these gardens of old châteaux
where the grass is sprinkled with living gold,
these French villages where the whitewashed
walls and thatched or tiled roofs are warm in the
sun, and, painted in picture-book colours, remind
one of old songs which had not war but love for
their theme. It is a moving and marvellous pageant of blue and brown where French and English
pass along the roads. The men in French lorries sit
with their faces above the side boards or with their
heads out of the side flaps, winking at the Tommies, casting amorous eyes upon buxom lasses in
cottage doors, smoking endless cigarettes with a
look of complete indifference to anything that
may happen at the journey’s end. They are tough
types, some of them men of middle age, hard bitten, with spade beards like Elizabethan Englishmen or Henri Quatre of France. In their steel
casques they have a medieval look like their
ancestors of the sixteenth century.
French soldiers and English soldiers are bivouacked in the woods and fields side by side,
and yesterday I saw them bathing in one of
the rivers which our Henry crossed on his
way to Agincourt when their forefathers and
ours were not comrades in arms. While some
men washed their feet, others lay fullstretched in the grass sleeping in every attitude of languorous ease, with their steel hats
among the flowers, and an officer’s sword
stuck into the turf beside him.
GREAT AIR ACTIVITY
So I lay down in a ditch full of flowers and drowsed
and forgot war until the usual noises overhead
made one open one’s eyes. There was a German
aeroplane, high enough to be invisible, but not too
high to silence the drone of its engine or to avoid
observation from our Archie men. Bang went an
Archie gun, and presently there was a fusillade in
the sky and a tattoo from a machine gun in the
grass, and then the throb of engines as our planes
came over to chase the intruder. The enemy’s air
scouts were out and about yesterday because of
the wonderful visibility, and they came peering
over our lines and villages as though searching for
some special secret. There must have been many
fights in that cloudless sky, for our men were up
there too and away over the enemy’s lines, and all
day long there were puffs of shrapnel overhead,
so that peasant girls harrowing the fields gazed up
with their hands to their eyes, and French soldiers
gave a glance upwards and said for the millionth
time, “Quelle vache de guerre,” and, every now
and then a crash of noise came through the humming drowsiness of this May day where a bomb
had been dropped. In one field was a German
aeroplane newly brought down, a silver-looking
thing with iron crosses painted on its framework,
and some of our airmen gathered around it to
study its details.
ABRAHAMS.—On 8th May 2018, in
Dubai, to Kerry (née Byrne) and Nick,
a son, Charlie Frances Phillip, a brother
to Finn.
Online ref: 553825
GLOVER.—On May 10th, at John
Radcliffe, Oxford, to Kelly Marie and
Tom, a daughter, Willow Sophia.
Online ref: A224306
JOHNS.—On May 14th 2018, to Georgina
and Henry, a daughter, Florence Jane
Rebecca.
Online ref: 553789
Diamond weddings
KEMP - COUSINS.—On 17th May 1958,
at Hampstead Register Office,
Hampstead, London, Ken to Wendy.
CB11 3SE.
Online ref: 553543
ADAMS.—James Robert, died on 9th
May 2018, at home. Beloved husband,
father and grandfather. A Service of
Thanksgiving will be held at the Church
of St. Alban, Frant, East Sussex on 30th
May at 2 p.m. No flowers please but
donations, if desired, to Pilgrims Hospice
c/o Tester and Jones, London Road,
Crowborough, TN6 2TT.
Online ref: A224325
BASSET.—Lady Carey Elizabeth (née
Coke) on May 14th. Widow of Bryan,
mother of David (deceased), Michael and
James. Private funeral. No flowers.
Online ref: 553814
BEST.—Stanley Phillip, died peacefully
in Hatherleigh, Devon on 29th April
2018. Founder of the British Legal
Association; a tireless campaigner for
the underdog. Funeral at All Hallows,
Broadwoodkelly, Devon, EX19 8ED on
Friday 25th May at 2.30 p.m. No flowers
please, donations to All Hallows,
Broadwoodkelly via W.D. & S.J.
Carne, Funeral Directors, High St,
Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8HX.
Tel: 01837 680199.
Online ref: 553768
COLEMAN.—Jacqueline Wogan, née
Festing, died on 10th May, aged 99, in
Poole Hospital. Greatly loved by her
nieces, great nephews, great nieces and
her many friends. The Funeral Service
will be held at St Stephen's Church,
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne on 29th May
at 3 p.m. Family flowers only please but
donations to Dr Barnado's. Enquiries to
Lesley Shand Funeral Directors, Corfe
Mullen. Tel: 01202 658833.
Online ref: A224335
COTTRILL.—John Hardstaff, died
peacefully at home on Wednesday
9th May 2018. Much loved husband of
Cindy, father to Tracey and Robert,
grandfather to Alexandra, Imogen,
Amelia and the late Edward. A Service of
Thanksgiving will take place at St
Wilfrid’s Church, Mobberley on
Thursday 24th May at 11 a.m. Donations,
if desired, for St Wilfrid’s Church.
Donations and enquiries to Dodgson’s
Funeral Service, 25 Manchester Road,
Knutsford, WA16 0LY. Tel: 01565 634251.
Online ref: 553800
CROUCH.—Paul died suddenly on 8th
May, aged 52. Much loved husband,
brother and devoted father of Emily.
Service of Thanksgiving will be held on
23rd May at St Mary's, Lymm at 1.15 pm.
No flowers but donations to
https://paulcrouch.muchloved.com or
https://giftoope.bhf.org.uk/InMemory/Paul-Crouch.
Online ref: A224319
DUNK.—George Henry, aged 67, on
27th April at St Thomas' Hospital after
a short illness. Elder son of the late
Gordon and Helen, beloved brother of
Hazel, Margaret and Gordon. Funeral to
be held at St George's Church, Weald,
Sevenoaks TN14 6LT on Friday 15th June
at 11.45 a.m. Further details including
donations, if desired, from F.A. Albin &
Sons, 0207 2373637 or www.albins.co.uk
Please visit George's online memorial
site funeralzone/georgedunk
Online ref: 553777
GRAY.—Elisabeth Ann (née Bazzard),
aged 83 years, died peacefully on 11th
May at Langford View Care Home,
Bicester. Trained at Phillis Christie
Secretarial College, Cheltenham 1952,
and employee of Shell before becoming
full time mother. Much loved and
missed by her “three boys” Michael,
Chris and Tony, and by her siblings
Maddy (deceased), Stephen and Charles.
Memorial Ceremony 11 a.m. on 11th June
at Banbury Crematorium, Hardwick
Hill, Southam Road, OX16 1ST. Family
flowers only. Donations, if desired, in
memory of Elisabeth may be made
payable to WWF-UK c/o Co-operative
Funeralcare, 11 Manorsfield Road,
Bicester, Oxon, OX26 6EH.
Online ref: A224304
HEBDEN.—Louie Constance, of
Ashford, Kent, widow of Ken Hebden,
on 10th May 2018 aged 97 years.
Online ref: 553791
HILLS.—Mary Georgina died in
Maidstone Hospital 4th May 2018, aged
88 years. Much loved sister, sister-inlaw, aunt and great-aunt. Will be sadly
missed by all the Hills family. Funeral
Service at Charing Crematorium on 7th
June at 11.20 a.m. Family flowers only.
Donations, if desired, to Age UK c/o A W
Court, Grafty Green, Kent ME17 2AP.
Online ref: 553809
PARRY.—Captain John, CBE RN., on
12th May 2018, aged 87 years. Died
peacefully after a short illness. Loved
and loving husband of Jill, proud father
of Jacky, Mark and Jeremy, adored Papa
to Ben, Tom, Ed, Niamh, Oliver and
Isobel and delighted Great Papa to Louis.
Will be hugely missed by his large family
and many friends. Funeral to be held at
St Luke's Church, Royal Haslar, Gosport
PO12 2AA on 29th May at 1 p.m. No
flowers but donations, if required, to
Mesothelioma UK or Rowan's Hospice
via Churcher and Tribbeck,
02392 580755.
Online ref: A224323
PHILLIPS.—Mike, of Sanderstead,
Surrey, died peacefully in hospital on
5th May, aged 84, with his family
present throughout. A deeply loved and
loving husband to Fran and his son
Greg, Sandra and daughter Steph, an
amazing grandfather to his ten
grandchildren who loved him very
dearly. By Mike's request no flowers
please, but donations, if desired, to
Macmillan Nurses and the British Heart
Foundation. The Funeral will take place
on Friday 1st June, 2.15 p.m., at Croydon
Crematorium. All further enquiries to:
Ebbutt Funeral Services, 15 Limpsfield
Road, Sanderstead, Surrey CR2 9LA.
Tel: 0208 916 0694.
Online ref: 553804
POWELL.—Colin, died peacefully at St
Oswald's Hospice, on 15th May aged 90
years. Beloved husband of Dorothy and
father to Jan and Lin, father-in-law to
Martin and Ian. Will be greatly missed
by all his grandchildren and great
grandchildren. No flowers please, but
donations to St Oswald's Hospice.
Enquiries to Dodds of Hexham.
Tel: 01434 603362.
Online ref: 553808
ROBINSON.—In hospital in Inverness
on 6th May 2018. Kenneth Robert (Ken)
Robinson, in his 95th year, born
Weymouth, former RAF Sunderland
Flying Boat Pilot and employee of Pye of
Cambridge for over 25 years. Moved to
Scotland in 1999. Beloved husband of the
late Mary, much loved dad of Ann,
Helen, Kate and the late Elizabeth, also a
dear grandad and great grandad.
Enquiries to the Funeral Directors; John
Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street,
Inverness. Tel: 01463 233366.
Online ref: 553724
ROPE.—Patricia (née Bungay), died
peacefully at home on Friday 11th May
2018, aged 88 years. Loving wife to the
late Philip, much loved mother,
grandmother and great grandmother.
All enquiries to Howe & Son Funeral
Directors, Bear Hill, Kingsclere,
Newbury, Berkshire RG20 5QA.
Tel: 01635 298303.
Online ref: A224336
STANSBY.—John, peacefully on 4th
May 2018, at Hays House Nursing Home,
nr Shaftesbury, Dorset, aged 87 years.
Dearly loved husband of Maria, father of
Daniela and stepfather to Veronica. He
will be sadly missed by all who knew and
loved him. Funeral Service at Salisbury
Crematorium on Wednesday 23rd May
at 11.30 a.m. No flowers please.
Donations, if desired, for Alzheimer's
Society may be sent to Bracher Brothers
F/D, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QL.
Tel: 01747 822494.
Online ref: 553747
WILLMER.—Elizabeth (née Hough)
died 9th May 2018. Funeral in Tinwell at
12 noon on 22nd May 2018.
Online ref: 553793
WILSON.—Anthony Charles. Died
peacefully at home surrounded by his
family on 14th May 2018. A dearly
beloved husband, father, grandfather,
brother and friend to so many. A funeral
for family and close friends will be held
on 24th May. There will be a service of
thanksgiving in London, details to be
announced. Donations in lieu of flowers
to Dorothy House Hospice Care and St
James the Great, Cherhill, c/o Odette
Funeral Director, 7 Phelps Parade,
Calne SN11 0HA. Tel: 01249 819972.
Online ref: 553830
ROWAN HAMILTON.—Denys
Archibald, MVO, DL peacefully at home
on 10th May, aged 97. Beloved husband
of Wanda; father to Conta, Louisa and
Gawn and stepfather to David, Charles
(dec’d), Linda and Ronald. ‘Papa’ to 27.
A Service of Celebration will be held at
2 p.m. on 2nd July, St John’s The
Evangelist, Killyleagh. Any donations to
The Black Watch Association, Balhousie
Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR or
online.
Online ref: A224321
JOHNSEN.—Richard (Dick). A Memorial
Service will be held on Tuesday 26th
June 2018 at 11.30 a.m., St Columba's
Church, Pont Street SW1X 0BD.
Online ref: 553713
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is
good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136.1
PENNY DROPPED too late. So sorry.
May stands. Also June 5 and 12. LM.
Online ref: 553799
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The Daily Telegraph Thursday 17 May 2018
27
Obituaries
Ray Wilson
Jonathan Sternberg
Pioneer of orchestral LPs who
Fast-paced left back whose skill in defence played a crucial role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory recorded young Alfred Brendel
PA ARCHIVE
R
AY WILSON, who has
died aged 83, was the left
back in the England team
that won the World Cup
in 1966.
Slight of build, but
muscular and blessed with great pace,
Wilson was, in the opinion of many
observers, the most complete left-side
full back ever to play for a British
team. His judgment and positional
sense were outstanding, his
distribution (passing out of defence)
accomplished, and although at 31 he
was the oldest member of Alf Ramsey’s
side, by 1966 he had also established a
reputation for durability.
It was a reputation that lasted only
as long as the first morning of squad
training for the tournament, when
Wilson put his back out carrying
another player. For four days he lay
immobilised in bed, being spoon-fed
by his room-mate, Bobby Charlton.
Having proved himself fit to
Ramsey’s satisfaction, he put in solid
performances in the early rounds,
patrolling the left zone behind
Charlton assigned to him by the
manager and providing the incisive
pass which allowed Martin Peters to
fashion the winner for Geoff Hurst in
the quarter-final against Argentina.
Within 13 minutes of the start of the
final, however, Wilson’s celebrated
consistency had taken an even more
serious knock. As a speculative cross
from Held came over from the left,
Wilson – most uncharacteristically –
rose to meet it too early, and his
headed touch while descending
deposited the ball at the feet of Haller
at the far post. The West German made
no mistake, and gave his team the lead.
But Wilson, though a competitive
and at times mouthy player, also
possessed great reservoirs of calm and
refused to allow the error to unsettle
him or the rest of the defence. He
quickly mastered himself and played
impeccably from then on, contributing
in no small measure to England’s
eventual 4-2 victory.
In the celebrations afterwards it was
Wilson (with Hurst) who carried
Bobby Moore on his shoulder, and in
the famous photograph of the moment
he can be seen straining under the
effort; he subsequently complained
that Hurst had not carried his fair
share of the burden.
For Wilson it had been a summer of
success, as a few weeks earlier with
Everton he had won the FA Cup, the
only other honour he would gain in
the game. Later he would regret that
these triumphs had come late in his
career but, modest to a fault, he
attributed his success in the World
Wilson brandishing
the Cup, with
Bobby Moore (left)
and Jack Charlton.
A modest man, he
credited the vision
of their manager.
‘Everything with
Alf Ramsey
was simple,’ he
reflected. ‘It was
a simple game,
played in a simple
way’
Cup to England’s strength as a team,
and to the vision of their manager.
“Everything with Alf Ramsey was
simple,” he reflected. “It was a simple
game, played in a simple way.”
Certainly Ramsey gave his players
belief in themselves. Yet the
contribution of Wilson, and the others
in the back line, to England’s triumph
should also be given its due place. Easy
as it is to remember the goals of Hurst,
Hunt and Charlton, it is often
overlooked that until the final itself the
defence was only breached once, in
the semi-final, and that by a penalty.
Of mining stock, Ramon Wilson was
born in the pit village of Shirebrook,
Derbyshire, on December 17 1934. His
forename was his mother’s tribute to
the Mexican-born film star of the time
Ramon Novarro, now perhaps best
remembered for having had the lead in
the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, and
subsequently for being murdered by
two male prostitutes in 1968.
Young Ray’s early life was rather
less exotic. Having learnt to play
football in the back lanes of the village,
after leaving school he took a job
working night shifts on the railways
before, at 17, signing forms with
Huddersfield Town. He was regarded
initially as a prospect at forward, but
having failed to make his mark there
the manager, Bill Shankly, decided to
make use of his speed at the back.
His apprenticeship was interrupted
by two years’ National Service with the
Royal Corps of Signals, some of it in
Egypt, but after he returned home in
1955 Wilson began to challenge for a
place in the first team. By 1957 was a
regular in the side. Three years later
he won his first England cap, against
Scotland at Hampden.
It was a period when teams (and
spectators) still prized high-class wing
play, and in 1961 Wilson found himself
marking the finest winger of them all,
Stanley Matthews, in his first game
back with Stoke after leaving
Blackpool. “I was bloody relieved to
get off the pitch,” Wilson recalled later.
“He could play a bit, could that lad.”
Matthews was then 46.
Despite this chastening experience,
the following year Wilson was
included in the England party that
travelled to Chile for the World Cup.
Conditions there came as something of
a shock to many of the players. Early in
the competition, Wilson and Jimmy
Armfield decided to relax with a game
of golf but found their caddie to be an
emaciated boy of 10. By the last few
holes Wilson was carrying the clubs;
Armfield was carrying the caddie.
In the quarter-finals, England found
themselves facing Brazil, with Wilson
up against Garrincha, who in the
absence of the injured Pelé was the
best player in the tournament. “I felt
as though I was going to mark a
sorcerer,” Wilson remembered. He
was not alone, however, in being given
a masterclass by Garrincha during the
match, with the two goals scored by
the Brazilian proving decisive in his
side’s 3-1 victory.
In July 1964, after 266 games for
Huddersfield, Wilson moved to
Everton. In his first game for them he
injured a hip and had to miss half the
season, but thereafter his play
appeared to reach new heights of
consistency; he even developed a
penchant for athletic overhead
clearances.
His skilful use of the ball proved
well-suited to Everton’s passing game,
and in 1966 Wilson and the team
gained due reward for their attractive
play when they won the FA Cup,
coming back from a two-goal deficit in
the second half to beat Sheffield
Wednesday 3-2.
Playing behind Colin Harvey and
Howard Kendall, Wilson continued to
give exemplary service to the club
until 1968, when a knee injury robbed
him of much of his pace. The next
year, aged 33, he was transferred to
Oldham, and after a season with them
was sold on to Bradford. After just two
games in the Fourth Division, Wilson
decided to retire. He had made 409
league appearances and scored six
goals, all of them for Huddersfield. He
had also won 63 England caps, the last
of them in 1968 against the USSR in the
European Championship.
Having briefly been caretaker
manager of Bradford – an experience
which convinced him that he had no
wish to be a coach – in 1971 Wilson
turned his back on football. As a player
he had found himself unable to live on
his relatively meagre wages and had
taken to helping out his father-in-law,
an undertaker. He now joined the
business, based near Halifax, later
saying that his ability to keep his
emotions under control on the pitch
made him well-fitted for his new
employment.
Occasionally he was recognised at
the graveside by mourners, but while
he did not begrudge them the
opportunity to talk about something
else, he otherwise largely shunned
publicity, being uncomfortable with
what he termed “the idolatry” that
attended the 1966 team.
He was not one to live in the past,
and on Saturday afternoons walked
the Yorkshire moors with his dogs
instead of watching football. He
retired to his smallholding in 1995, and
in 2002 sold his World Cup winner’s
medal at auction for £80,000 to
provide for his pension.
An autobiography, My Life in Soccer,
written with James Mossop, was
published in 1969.
In 2000 Ray Wilson was – belatedly
– appointed MBE.
His wife Pat survives him with their
two sons.
Ray Wilson, born December 17 1934,
died May 15 2018
Will Alsop
Visionary and mischievous architect who delighted in colour, pods and stilts set at crazy angles
TANNIS TOOHEY/TORONTO STAR/ GETTY/ SMC ALSOP
W
ILL ALSOP, who has died
aged 70, was a maverick
among British architects,
famous for his bold
creations on spindly stilts, his Stirling
Prize-winning Peckham Library in
south London – a pastel green building
with load-bearing legs splayed out like
a giant insect – being a prime example.
Alsop’s mischievous creativity
could not be further from the HighTech aesthetic of architects such as
Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.
Instead of their muted palette of
white, grey, terracotta, glass and steel,
his exuberant designs abounded with
colour, playful bulbous pods and
pilotis set at crazy angles.
Indeed his work often seemed more
like that of an artist than an architect,
with echoes of the ideals of the late
Sixties and early Seventies – of Pop
Art, the Archigram movement and
the graphics of Monty Python. “Form
swallows function”, he liked to say.
Buildings such as the futuristic
North Greenwich Underground
station, Urban Splash’s Chips in
Manchester, the Blizard Building (a
medical research facility for Queen
Mary College, University of London),
and the Sharp Centre in Toronto, one
of a number of Canadian projects,
were both fun and functional.
Alsop, then in partnership with
John Lyall, had won his first foreign
commission in 1990, beating Norman
Foster in the competition for the Hôtel
du Département (the seat of regional
government) in Marseille. Nicknamed
“the Big Blue”, it was completed in
1994.
The partnership with Lyall
was dissolved in 1991, but a new
partnership with Hamburg-based
Jan Stormer led to another major
European project, for a new ferry
terminal in Hamburg. In 2001
Alsop went solo, establishing Alsop
Architects.
After a two-year stint as a director
of the big commercial practice RMJM
– a marriage that was never likely to
flourish – Alsop broke free in 2011 to
found aLL Design, based in a canalside
studio in Hackney. At the time of his
death he was actively involved with a
series of projects in China, where his
lively imagination appealed to the new
breed of nouveaux riches developers.
A rumpled, rather portly chain
smoker with long, lank hair, Alsop
looked the antithesis of the sleek
Armani-clad “starchitect” in oversized
spectacles. It was the artist in Alsop
that set him apart from most of his
fellow practitioners. He did not accept
there was one, inevitable, way to
build that could be deduced by the
Alsop in Toronto in
front of one of his
creations and
(below) a rear view
of his Stirling
Prize-winning
Peckham Library
application of structural logic, and
he was willing to acknowledge the
importance of that nebulous concept,
beauty, explaining that “you can’t
create beauty but you know when it’s
beginning to work, you know when
it’s right”.
Some saw Alsop’s architecture as
a reaction to the rationalist tendency
of the High-Tech school, though his
approach had remained the same as
it was when he was a student at the
Architectural Association in 1970,
when High-Tech was in its infancy.
If Foster and Rogers appeal to
a pragmatic streak in the British
approach to architecture, then Alsop
appealed to the romantic tradition,
where the imagination is allowed to
wander.
Alsop’s series of “visioning
studies”, done for post-industrial
northern cities that were looking for
headline-catching projects, might
have seemed whimsical. He proposed
turning Barnsley into a walled
Tuscan hill town, setting central
Bradford on a huge lake, and adorning
Middlesbrough with a shimmering
hotel in the shape of a champagne
bottle and an office block modelled on
Marge Simpson’s hairdo.
Only the Bradford scheme was
realised, albeit on a reduced scale, yet
these projects have served to inspire
radical thinking about the future of
northern towns and cities.
Alsop suffered a major setback
when, in 1993, his futuristic scheme
for Wales’s National Literacy Centre
in Swansea was dropped at the last
minute after opposition from local
councillors.
A worse blow came in 2004 when,
much to Alsop’s dismay, Liverpool
city council cancelled his proposed
“Fourth Grace”, an astonishing
structure, aptly described as “a
diamond knuckle-duster”, which had
been commissioned to stand at the
pierhead alongside the Liver, Cunard
and Port of Liverpool buildings as
the centrepiece of Liverpool’s year as
Europe’s capital of culture in 2008.
The escalating costs of the
scheme (from £228m to £324m) and
“fundamental changes” to the original
plan, the council decided, had made it
unworkable. The cancellation of this
project was followed by the closure
of Alsop’s practice after it went into
receivership.
Alsop always put aesthetic ambition
before profit and as a result his career
was marked by a series of reverses,
most notably the high-profile failure
of the Public, a £72m arts centre in
West Bromwich from which he was
removed in 2004, 17 months after
construction had begun.
In a damning report in 2011, Arts
Council England concluded that it had
“agreed to fund a building that was not
fit for purpose”. The Public went into
administration a year after opening
and closed in 2013, to be converted
into a sixth-form college.
Alsop’s ideas provoked strong
reactions – both for and against.
His ideas for Barnsley prompted
Ian McMillan – poet-in-residence
at Barnsley FC during their days in
the Premiership – to pen 24 lines
of verse entitled “Barnsley is a
Tuscan Hill Village”, in which he
apologised for not having noticed
the town’s Italianate charms before,
blaming his flat cap and whippet for
distracting him from the view. Yet
with such fantastical flights of fancy,
Alsop showed triumphantly that
architecture could be fun. “Making
polite, inoffensive buildings is, in my
opinion, offensive,” he told The Daily
Telegraph in 2007.
William Allen Alsop was born on
December 12 1947 in Northampton, the
son of a retired accountant who was
64 when his son was born. Neither
of his parents was interested in
architecture; none the less he always
wanted to be an architect. When he
was six he designed a house for his
mother to live in – its most striking
specification being that it should be
built in New Zealand.
When Alsop was 16 his father died,
so he decided to leave school and do
his A-levels at evening classes while
working for a local architect. He did
a foundation course at Northampton
Art School and then studied at the
Architectural Association (AA),
where he entered the competition
to design the Pompidou Centre in
Paris and was runner-up to Richard
Rogers.
From 1971 the school was run by
Alvin Boyarsky, a charismatic teacher
who nurtured the careers of Rem
Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and others who
were to dominate the architectural
scene. It was at the AA that Alsop met
his future partner, John Lyall.
But graduation was followed by
jobs firstly (part-time) in the office of
Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, followed
by three years with Cedric Price, who
became a lasting influence. Alsop’s first
completed building was a swimming
pool, unveiled in 1988, in the Norfolk
town of Sheringham, where he had a
much-loved holiday home.
Alsop was appointed OBE in 1999
and elected to the Royal Academy in
2000, the year in which his Peckham
Library won the Riba Stirling Prize.
A habitué of the Chelsea Arts Club,
Alsop was a lover of fine wine and
good food. He was a keen painter who
would take a month off every summer
to paint in Majorca with his friend
Bruce McLean.
When it came to his own homes – a
garden flat in a Kensington mansion
block and his converted stable block
in Norfolk – Alsop admitted that
he deferred to his wife Sheila (née
Bean) whom he met when he was an
architecture student and she was a
secretary, and married in 1972. “She
likes the whole cosy thing, and I like
her taste and style,” he explained.
She survives him with their two
sons and a daughter.
Will Alsop, born December 12 1947,
died May 12 2018
J
ONATHAN
STERNBERG, who has
died aged 98, was an
American musician who
enjoyed a brief but
significant role as a
conductor and producer in
the early years of the LP era
in postwar Vienna.
He was responsible for
Alfred Brendel’s first disc, a
recording of Prokofiev’s
Piano Concerto No 5 that in
1951 was completed in two
difficult sessions at the
Vienna Konzerthaus, where
Sternberg struggled to get
the sound right.
Although dismayed that
Brendel later chose to
dismiss the result as “not
marvellous”, Sternberg
ploughed on, recording
Mozart piano concertos
with a young Paul BaduraSkoda, Haydn symphonies
for the musicologist HC
Robbins Landon, and
Schubert for Louise
Hanson-Dyer, the founder
of L’Oiseau-Lyre Records.
By the late 1950s he was
conducting European
premieres of works by
American composers such
as Charles Ives, Leonard
Bernstein and Ned Rorem.
In Britain, the three times
that he conducted at the
Festival Hall between 1959
and 1963 were dominated by
the music of Beethoven.
Jonathan Sternberg was
born in New York on July 27
1919. His father, Louis, was a
distinguished allergist.
Young Johnny was six
when his parents bought
him a violin, but a broken
finger ended any hopes of
being a virtuoso fiddler. By
10 he was conducting
orchestras in front of the
radio. He was educated at
James Madison High School
and at 15 enrolled at music
school, signing up for extra
classes in conducting.
He grew a moustache in
the hope of being taken
seriously and before long
was teaching evening
classes to students twice his
age. Meanwhile, he turned
pages for the violinist Jascha
Heifetz at $2 a session, later
doing the same for the
Romanian conductor
George Enescu, although
now charging $3.
His conducting debut
came in 1941 with the
National Youth
Administration Symphony
Orchestra in a programme
that included An Outdoor
Overture by his fellow
Brooklynite, Aaron Copland.
Drafted into the US Army,
Lieutenant Sternberg
wound up in Shanghai,
stepping in when the local
orchestra’s conductor was
found to be a Japanese
collaborator. Rehearsals
Sternberg conducted orchestras
in London, Shanghai and the US
were in a former stable with
no heating, and before they
could start, each member of
this group of largely
European exiles wanted to
play his own national
anthem. By the time his war
was over Sternberg could
speak smatterings of
Russian, Chinese, Italian,
German and Hungarian.
Back in the US he studied
with Pierre Monteux and
was “pacing the pavements”
looking for an orchestral
position (“the New York
Philharmonic was evidently
not ready for me”) before
heading to Europe, where
he joined the Vienna Opera
and met Robbins Landon,
who was researching the
music of Haydn. Being a car
owner, Sternberg was able
to drive him to monasteries,
churches and libraries in
search of material.
By the mid-1950s
Sternberg’s recording career
was over. He was director of
the Halifax Symphony
Orchestra in Canada
(1957-58) and the Royal
Flemish Opera (1962-66),
before returning to New
York as music director of the
Harkness Ballet.
One day, at a party hosted
by Erich Leinsdorf, he
remarked to the conductor’s
sons that they must be very
proud of their illustrious
father. Their response, that
they hardly knew him
because he was never there
when they were growing
up, stopped Sternberg, who
had two children under 10,
in his tracks. Thereafter he
turned to teaching,
becoming Professor of
Conducting at Boyer College
of Music in Philadelphia,
until his retirement in 1989,
still championing American
composers. In 1974 he was a
founder of the Conductors
Guild, the professional body
for American conductors.
Jonathan Sternberg
married the artist Ursula
Hertz in 1957. She died in
2000. He is survived by
their son and daughter.
Jonathan Sternberg,
born July 27 1919, died
May 8 2018
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Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
The week in radio Jemima Lewis
What to watch
Radio brilliantly captures
the complexity of humans
(loneliness, self-pity, boredom) and
nihilistic anger. It helped me
understand not just incels, but all the
other disaffected men – trolls,
jihadists, neo-Nazis – made dangerous
by the online company they keep.
W
K
Tom Service explored the sounds of the ancient world in ‘The Listening Service’
eeping up with online
culture is always a mixed
blessing. On the one hand,
you need to at least dabble
in social media to
understand where
Western society is heading. On the
other hand, the more you know, the
harder it is not to panic.
I adopted the brace position before
tuning into Monday’s episode of BBC
Trending, the World Service series
that examines what’s happening
online. The title – Inside the Dark
World of Incels – promised to take us
somewhere I had no desire to go.
Incels (short for “involuntary
celibates”) are young men consumed
with anger and despair about not
getting laid. They believe the genetic
odds have been stacked against them:
they think they are, and always will be,
ugly, awkward and repulsive to women.
They meet online to commiserate, and
in some cases to plot revenge. Last
month, Alek Minassian, proclaiming
the start of an “incel rebellion”, drove
his van into pedestrians on a Toronto
street. Ten people, mostly women, died.
Reams of column inches have been
expended on the incel movement since
then. But nothing I have read explained
it as effectively as this programme.
Jonathan Griffin and Elizabeth Cassin
– co-producers and presenters –
waded deep into the swamp of Reddit
and other conspiracy-filled forums, as
well as recording interviews with
three self-proclaimed incels.
The scariest was “Liam”, a 19-yearold English boy with polite, selfdeprecating manners. Incel forums,
he told Griffin, are effectively support
groups for “people who are like you
– well, like me,” he laughed shyly, “not
like you probably.” It’s “nice,” he said,
to be able to talk about your troubles.
I felt sorry for Liam. I wanted to give
him a maternal pep talk, confiscate his
laptop and push him out into the
daylight, where he might actually
meet a girl.
But then his muddle-headedness
began to look more alarming. Griffin
pointed out to him that incel forums
aren’t actually very supportive.
Suicidal members are routinely egged
on to kill themselves. Less often, but
still commonly, they are urged to take
down “normal” people with them, like
Elliot Rodger, who in 2014 murdered
six people in California before shooting
himself, did. “It’s fine,” shrugged Liam,
suddenly full of bravado. “I don’t think
it was even that wrong, what he did.”
Radio is so brilliant at capturing
human complexity. In print, Liam
would have come across as a twodimensional weirdo. But being able to
hear the nuances in his voice, shifting
from doubt to defiance, made him
fascinatingly familiar. It illustrated
how thin the membrane is between
ordinary psychological afflictions
hat a relief to travel back in
time with Radio 3’s The
Listening Service this week,
as it posed the question: “What does
ancient history really sound like?”
Presenter Tom Service supplied the
answer up front: no one knows, but it’s
fun to speculate. Some of the caves
occupied by early humans have red
ochre markings in particularly
resonant areas, suggesting that people
may have sung or banged the walls in
order to hear the echoes – perhaps
believing them to be replies from a
spirit world inside the rock.
The earliest musical instruments
ever discovered are Paleolithic flutes,
made from the bones of mammoths
and griffon vultures. To understand
how they might have been played,
flautist Anna Friederike Potengowski
visited some formerly inhabited caves
and stood in the darkness absorbing
the acoustics. Her resulting
composition – ranging, as she said,
from “sweet melodies” to “strong
screams” – was ravishingly eerie. It’s a
pity that the second half of this
programme got bogged down in
modern composers, and how they
reimagined Roman music. The first
half was a wild imaginative ride.
H
ere’s a bold experiment: The
Grenfell Tower Inquiry with
Eddie Mair. This new BBC
podcast promises to report daily from
the inquiry into last year’s terrible fire.
The judicial process itself doesn’t start
until June, after two weeks of testimony
from the bereaved, but Mair has already
started setting the scene. There are
obvious dangers in exploring such a
raw tragedy through a medium usually
associated with entertainment. Some
of the more podcasty touches – the
woo-woo background music, and Mair’s
gently amused voice – need to be toned
down. But the idea of reinventing
court reporting for the modern age is
clever. The flexibility of a podcast – it
can be made to any length, depending
on what needs to be covered – could
make it just the tool for the job.
on Channel 4 later this year.
This taut French thriller
gets in there early with a
creepy story about an
independently financed
mission to the red planet
that goes terribly wrong. SH
Humans
CHANNEL 4, 9.00PM

It may have half the
budget of HBO’s
Westworld but Humans
has always been (forgive
me) the more human
show. This is particularly
obvious with this third
series, which like its US
counterpart, follows the
fallout from its synths
gaining collective
consciousness. Where
Westworld chooses to
couch that fallout in flashy
scenes and tricksy games,
Humans tells a more
interesting story of
distrust, betrayal and the
price of slavery.
The story picks up a
year after what is now
being termed Year Zero,
with memorials held for
the thousands who died.
Meanwhile, politicians are
calling for the destruction
of “green-eye” synths, and
synthetics companies have
already created a new
army of compliant
“orange-eyes”. As for our
various protagonists,
Laura (Katherine
Parkinson) discovers that
representing synths has
severe drawbacks, while
Anita (Gemma Chan) and
Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) are
struggling to convince
their fellow synths that
friendship holds the key.
It all makes for tense
Entertainment
Britain’s Best Home Cook
BBC ONE, 8.00PM
 It might seem like a
mishmash of every other
cooking show, but I’m
increasingly taken with the
BBC’s attempt to replace
Bake Off. Claudia
Winkleman does a great job
as host, Mary Berry is Mary
Berry and this week the
gang have to cook pies.
What’s not to love? SH
Urban Myths: Agatha
Christie
SKY ARTS, 9.00PM
 Anna Maxwell-Martin
plays Agatha Christie in an
entertainingly goofy take on
what happened during her
1926 disappearance. SH
Factual
Million Pound Menu
BBC TWO, 9.00PM
Rise of the robots: Gemma Chan and Ivanno Jeremiah
opening, although, as
always, the series is at its
best in its smallest
moments – a talk about
Ambulance
Comedy
BBC ONE, 9.00PM
The Week That Wasn’t
SKY ONE, 10.00PM
 Recorded close to
transmission for topicality,
Sky’s newest comedy show
reunites Alistair McGowan
and Ronni Ancona for the
first time since The Big
Impression in 2004.
Here, they join others
in providing voice-overs
for footage of politicians
and celebrities. SH
Documentary
Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs – India
ITV, 8.30PM
 Diwali, the Hindu festival
 Presented by First Dates’
Maître d’ Fred Sirieix, this
synth safety to class of
primary schoolchildren is
especially well observed.
Sarah Hughes
The Week That Wasn’t
of lights, takes centre stage
for this final episode of
the heart-warming series.
In this episode, Paul faces
a difficult decision when
he falls in love with an
elderly black Labrador at
one of Delhi’s oldest dog
shelters. SH
 Things are pretty dark in
the fourth episode of the
fly-on-the-wall show, as
there are a number of calls
regarding people with
life-threatening illnesses or
injuries. Among the
call-outs is an elderly lady
who has stopped breathing
and a man choking on his
food. SH
Drama
Missions
BBC FOUR, 9.00PM AND 9.25PM
 Missions to Mars are big
news on television with the
big-budget drama The First,
starring Sean Penn, arriving
Missions: Mlekuz and Viviès
new series is essentially
Dragons’ Den for restaurants.
Here, the hopefuls pitch
their idea for a new pop-up
restaurant in Manchester in
the hope of making their
dreams a reality. SH
Royal London One-Day
Cup Cricket: Lancashire v
Nottinghamshire
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT, 1.30PM
Action from the one-dayer
at the Emirates Old Trafford
Cricket Ground.
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
Radio 3 in Concert
RADIO 3, 7.30PM
 Tonight’s concert is a
grand Scandinavian affair
broadcast live from
Glasgow, as the BBC
Scottish Symphony
Orchestra and Finnish folk
musicians play pieces by
Sibelius and the evocative
folk music that inspired
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
6.30 am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show with Scott Mills
10.00 Clara Amfo
12.45 pm Newsbeat
1.00 Matt and Mollie
4.00 Greg James
5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James
7.00 Clara Amfo
9.00 The 8th with Charlie Sloth
11.00 Radio 1’s Residency –
Artwork
12.00 Radio 1’s Residency –
Tokimonsta
1.00 am Toddla T
3.00 Radio 1 Comedy
4.00 - 6.30am Early Breakfast
with Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM 88-90.2MHz
6.30
9.30
12.00
2.00
5.00
8.00
9.00
10.00
12.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
am Chris Evans
Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
pm Steve Wright in the
Afternoon
Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo
Bob Harris Country
Johnnie Walker Meets
Jimmy Webb
Sara Cox
OJ Borg
am Huey Morgan
Huey on Sunday
- 6.30am Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
FM 90.2-92.4MHz
6.30 am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Brahms
1.00 pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
The Guarneri Piano Trio and
Ensemble 360 perform
chamber music by
Schulhoff, Dvorák and
Janácek from the
Leamington Music Festival
2.00 Afternoon Concert
5.00 In Tune
him, as an extravagant finale
to the BBCSSO’s season.
They are joined by Lund
University Male Voice Choir
and soloists Ilona Korhonen,
Helena Juntunen, and
Benjamin Appl, as well as
Vilma Timonen on kantele,
Timo Alakotila on
harmonium and Taito
Hoffren on vocals and
shaman drum.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 ◆ Radio 3 in Concert. See
Radio choice
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: To the
Barricades!
11.00 Late Junction
12.30 - 6.30am Through the
Night
Radio 4
FM 92.4-94.6MHz; LW 198KHz
6.00
8.30
9.00
9.45
9.45
10.00
11.00
11.30
12.00
12.01
12.04
12.15
12.57
1.00
1.45
2.00
2.15
3.00
3.27
3.30
4.00
4.30
5.00
5.54
6.00
6.30
7.00
7.15
7.45
8.00
8.30
9.00
9.30
10.00
10.45
11.00
11.30
12.00
am Today
LW: Yesterday in Parliament
In Our Time
FM: Book of the Week: The
Book: A Cover-to-Cover
Exploration of the Most
Powerful Object of Our
Time
LW: Daily Service
Woman’s Hour
Crossing Continents
The Intimate Art of Tattoo
News
pm LW: Shipping Forecast
Dr Broks’ Casebook
You and Yours
Weather
The World at One
The Assassination
The Archers
Drama: McLevy
Ramblings
Radio 4 Appeal
Open Book
The Film Programme
BBC Inside Science
PM
LW: Shipping Forecast
Six O’Clock News
Alone
The Archers
Front Row
Wuthering Heights
The Briefing Room
In Business
BBC Inside Science
In Our Time
The World Tonight
Book at Bedtime: The
Female Persuasion
John Finnemore’s Double
Acts
Today in Parliament
News and Weather
The Full Works Concert
CLASSIC FM, 8.00PM
 The other classical music
feast worth enjoying tonight
is more of a full-blooded,
patriotic experience,
marking the 75th
anniversary of the Dam
Buster raid on this day in
1943. Catherine Bott
presents an evening of
12.30 am Book of the Week: The
Book: A Cover-to-Cover
Exploration of the Most
Powerful Object of Our
Time
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 - 6.00am Tweet of the Day
Radio 5 Live
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with Anna Foster
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with Darren Campbell
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5.15 - 6.00am Wake Up to
Money
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8.00
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Anne-Marie Minhall
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
◆ The Full Works Concert.
On the 75th anniversary of
the Dam Buster raid,
Catherine Bott presents a
concert inspired by war and
peace, featuring works by
Coates, Barber, John
Williams and Beethoven.
See Radio choice
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 - 6.00am Jane Jones
World Service
DIGITAL ONLY
6.00am Newsday 8.06 The Inquiry
8.30 Business Daily 8.50 Witness 9.00
News 9.06 The Thought Show 10.00
music inspired by both war
and peacetime, which
features as its centrepiece
Coates’s Dam Busters March,
performed by the Central
Band of the Royal Air Force.
Other highlights include
John Williams’s Hymn to
the Fallen, performed by the
Boston Symphony Orchestra
and the Tanglewood
Festival Chorus.
World Update 11.00 The Newsroom
11.30 The Food Chain 12.00 News
12.06pm Outlook 1.00 The Newsroom
1.30 Assignment 2.00 Newshour 3.00
News 3.06 The Inquiry 3.30 World
Business Report 4.00 BBC OS 6.00
News 6.06 Outlook 7.00 The
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today 8.00
News 8.06 The Inquiry 8.30 Science in
Action 9.00 Newshour 10.00 News
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Chain 11.00 News 11.06 The
Newsroom 11.20 Sports News 11.30
World Business Report 12.06am The
Thought Show 1.00 News 1.06
Business Matters 2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Assignment 3.00
News 3.06 Newsday 3.30 World
Football 4.00 News 4.06 Newsday
5.00 News 5.06 The Newsroom 5.30 6.00am Science in Action
Radio 4 Extra
DIGITAL ONLY
6.00am The Doomed Oasis 6.30
There’s More Here Than I Thought
7.00 North by Northamptonshire 7.30
Alone 8.00 J Kingston Platt’s Showbiz
Handbook 8.30 The Goon Show 9.00
Funny You Should Ask 9.30 Alison and
Maud 10.00 The Mill on the Floss
11.00 Opening Lines 11.15 Faith,
Hope and Charity 12.00 J Kingston
Platt’s Showbiz Handbook 12.30pm
The Goon Show 1.00 The Doomed
Oasis 1.30 There’s More Here Than I
Thought 2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Britain on the Bottle: Alcohol and the
State 2.30 Gillespie and I 2.45 Falling
Upwards 3.00 The Mill on the Floss
4.00 Funny You Should Ask 4.30 Alison
and Maud 5.00 North by
Northamptonshire 5.30 Alone 6.00
2001 – A Space Odyssey 6.15 The Book
of Strange New Things 6.30 Great
Lives 7.00 J Kingston Platt’s Showbiz
Handbook 7.30 The Goon Show 8.00
The Doomed Oasis 8.30 There’s More
Here Than I Thought 9.00 Opening
Lines 9.15 Faith, Hope and Charity
10.00 Comedy Club 12.00 2001 – A
Space Odyssey 12.15am The Book of
Strange New Things 12.30 Great Lives
1.00 The Doomed Oasis 1.30 There’s
More Here Than I Thought 2.00 The
Secret History 2.15 Britain on the
Bottle: Alcohol and the State 2.30
Gillespie and I 2.45 Falling Upwards
3.00 The Mill on the Floss 4.00 Funny
You Should Ask 4.30 Alison and Maud
5.00 North by Northamptonshire 5.30
- 6.00am Alone
***
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am The Last Seabird
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A View to a Kill (1985)
 When a microchip maker
(Christopher Walken) comes up with
a scheme to wipe out all his Silicon
Valley competition, it’s up to 007
(Roger Moore) to end his evil plan,
while also defeating his ruthless
friend, May Day (Grace Jones). It’s
absurd, and Moore looks more like an
overfed stockbroker than a lean, mean
spying machine, but it’s ridiculous
fun, especially the fight to the death on
the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Poltergeist (1982)
SYFY, 10.00PM ★★★★
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 Director Tobe Hooper, who made
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, tones
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levels in this Steven Spielbergproduced chiller. It has one of cinema’s
most spine-tinglingly scary moments:
“They’re here,” sing-songs a little
girl kneeling before the TV. “They”
are the spirits, at first playful then
increasingly malevolent, who
terrorise a suburban family.
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 John Ford’s wistful take on the
story of Wyatt Earp is still the one
against which all other versions
of this western should be judged.
Ford claimed to have known Earp,
played here by Henry Fonda, and
based the final shoot-out at the
OK Corral on what he’d been told.
But what stands out are the
performances, the magnificent
setting, and numerous inventive
and exquisitely staged scenes.
ITV4, 9.00PM ★★★
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b/w) Drama starring Michael
Redgrave
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comedy starring Will Smith
9.00 Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Comedy with Anna Kendrick
11.15 Spring Breakers (2012)
Drama starring James
Franco
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Documentary about Bob
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The eccentric detective investigates a
criminal who has seemingly returned
from the dead to carry out a spate of
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Theory with Jesse Ventura 3.10-4.35am
Hollywood’s Best Film Directors
GOLD
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Thursday 17 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Cod and bass go
north to stay cool
Climate change is forcing hundreds of
fish species and crustaceans to migrate
north, disrupting the fishing industry.
Atlantic cod and black sea bass are
among those most affected, according
to researchers, who explain that sea
life sensitive to water temperatures is
moving away to keep cool.
The study, published in the journal
PLOS One, covers the continental
shelves on the Pacific and Atlantic
coasts of America.
Dr James Morley, of Rutgers
University in the US and lead author of
the study, said: “We anticipate that
many economically important species
will expand into new regions and
decline in areas of historic abundance.”
Professor Malin Pinsky, also of
Rutgers University, and co-author,
said: “For commercial fishers, this
often means longer trips and higher
fuel costs. Some species will move as
much as 900 miles north from their
current habitats.”
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