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Why are the new GCSE
exams so stressful? G2
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Young
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Thursday
17 May 2018
Issue № 53,411
www.theguardian.com
Sport
£2.00
Southgate goes for youth
in World Cup squad
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Europe can
no longer
rely on US,
says Tusk
Daniel Boffey
Sofia
Black female
stars protest
on Cannes red
carpet against
racism in film
Burundian singer Khadja Nin, who is on the feature film jury at this year’s Cannes film festival,
arrives at the screening of the South Korean drama Burning. There she greeted a group of
black and mixed-race female actors who braved the rain to stage a red-carpet protest against
everyday racism in the French film industry. It follows a similar protest on Saturday by 82
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Hollywood stars, female directors and writers, calling for equal pay and status for women.
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Grenfell review defies survivors’
call for flammable cladding ban
•
Robert Booth and Peter Walker
A government review of building
regulations will not recommend an
explicit ban on combustible cladding
and insulation despite persistent
demands from Grenfell Tower
survivors and fire safety experts.
Survivors of the blaze, the Royal
Institute of British Architects and
politicians have all called on the government to ban construction materials
that burn. But sources say Dame Judith
Hackitt, a former chairwoman of the
Health and Safety Executive, is not
expected to propose an outright prohibition on products similar to those
that appeared to spread fire at Grenfell,
killing 72 people almost a year ago.
In her review, to be published today,
Hackitt is expected to argue instead for
wider reforms of the system, including
toughening up fire testing and the way
buildings are certified as safe. Sources
said she believed such changes would
mean contractors and architects
would not in effect be able to use such
materials. She is also expected to urge
the government to move rapidly.
But Sandra Ruiz, whose niece died
at Grenfell, said she feared that not
explicitly banning combustible cladding was a way to minimise disruption
to the building industry and risked further failures. “If her thought process is
to make materials difficult to be used
then why not just ban them?” she said.
“72 people died. Take them away completely and don’t run the risk again.”
For the last 10 months Hackitt has
been investigating building regulations
after it emerged the method used to
reclad Grenfell was not unique and
that over 300 towers used similar
combustible cladding that had also
been approved by building inspectors across the country.
Geoff Wilkinson, a fire safety expert
and building consultant, said he was
concerned that any proposal for
wholesale reform of the system could
take time and so create uncertainty
while thousands of residents
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watch the cladding on their
The threat posed by Donald Trump’s
“capricious” administration was
likened to that of China and Russia
by Donald Tusk yesterday, as he condemned the US withdrawal from the
Iran nuclear deal and its threat of a
transatlantic trade war.
At the start of an EU summit in Bulgaria, the European council president
offered a withering condemnation of
Trump’s White House.
“We are witnessing today a
new phenomenon: the capricious
assertiveness of the American administration,” Tusk said. “Looking at the
latest decisions of President Trump,
some could even think: ‘With friends
like that, who needs enemies?’”
Trump’s decision to walk away from
the nuclear deal with Iran – to which
the UK, France, Germany, Russia and
China are cosignatories – is being
linked by the EU with the US administration’s refusal to exempt the bloc
from steel and aluminium tariffs.
It was clear, Tusk suggested, that
Washington could no longer be relied
on. With member states yet to agree
on how to handle the challenges,
Tusk called on leaders gathering in
Sofia to unite behind the tough line
being taken by key European actors in
response to the White House’s actions.
Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron of
France and Angela Merkel of Germany
have resolved to stick with the joint
comprehensive plan of action with
Iran, despite the threats of US sanctions against European businesses.
The European commission is refusing to open talks on wider trade terms
with the US including import tariffs
on cars – a bugbear of the US president – until it receives a permanent
exemption from punitive taxes on
European steel and aluminium.
Before a dinner with EU leaders,
including May, Tusk said: “I have no
doubt that in the new global game,
Europe will either be one of the major
players, or a pawn. This is the only real
alternative. In order to be the subject
and not the object of global politics,
Europe must be united eco5 
nomically, politically, and
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Inside
Thursday 17 May 2018
▼ Virgin Trains East Coast’s
London to Edinburgh service will go
back under public control in June
PHOTOGRAPH: ALAMY
National Pages 5-23
Charities Oxfam chief executive to step
down at the end of the year | Page 6
Environment Rise in CFCs detected – now the
hunt is on to find the source | Page 9
Immigration Home Office grants woman visa
in U-turn after dawn raid footage | Page 14
Waste Co-op pledges to cut food waste by
reserving fresh items for charities | Page 18
World Pages 24-31
Leaked report Cambodia’s biggest dam could
‘literally kill’ the Mekong river | Page 24
Everest record Sherpa reaches summit for the
22nd time - and aims for three more | Page 28
‘A new beginning’ Malaysian reformist politician
Anwar Ibrahim is freed from jail | Page 31
Financ
Financial Pages 33-37
Manufacturing Tata Steel back in profit after
restructure of pension scheme | Page 33
East coast rail route to be
temporarily renationalised
Gwyn Topham
Transport correspondent
Interview Can self-help guru Jen Sincero’s
positive thinking really help? | Page4
The East Coast rail service will be
temporarily renationalised, the
government has decided, after its
operators, Virgin and Stagecoach,
could no longer meet the payments
promised in their £3.3bn contract.
The London to Inverness service will return to public control on
24 June, a little over three years since
Virgin Trains East Coast (Vtec) started
running. It will be rebranded as the
London and North Eastern Railway.
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, told the Commons he had decided
to appoint the “operator of last resort” –
a group led by the firm Arup and under
government control. He said: “It is not
a failing railway … however, Virgin and
Stagecoach got their bids wrong.”
Grayling insisted taxpayers had not
lost out, adding: “Only Vtec and its parent companies have made losses at this
time … we cannot expect companies to
take on unlimited liabilities otherwise
they would not bid for franchises.”
Super bowls Tony Naylor reports on
the concave cult of ‘bowl food’ | Page 6
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Work Deliveroo to hand out £10m of shares to
employees – but not couriers | Page 34
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England Sir Bobby Charlton leads tributes to
1966 World Cup winner Ray Wilson | Page 45
Football Everton and West Ham seek new
managers as Allardyce and Moyes go | Page 48
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Grenfell review
defies survivors
over cladding ban
buildings stripped and wait to find out
what the replacement should be.
“The simple solution that doesn’t
risk more mistakes is to only use noncombustible cladding,” he said.
Grenfell Tower was clad in aluminium panels, which have a combustible
plastic core that burns. It was backed
by synthetic insulation, which was also
classed as combustible. The system
was approved by the Royal Borough
of Kensington and Chelsea’s building
inspectors after 16 visits.
Hackitt is understood to want
changes to the way building materials are certified as safe, including fire
testing systems, which have been
much criticised. And she is believed
to want changes to how test results
are presented, which can confuse
even experts. She has previously said
she wants “a new intelligent system
of regulation and enforcement for
Q&A
Is this a watershed?
Does this renationalisation mark a
change of direction in rail policy?
The transport secretary’s decision
was surprising given his opposition
to public control of rail. But several
firms face similar struggles, and
events may yet force his hand again.
Will East Coast stay nationalised?
It’s possible. The pressure to avoid
any further franchise collapse could
see the government struggle to get
a new operator in place before the
next general election.
Will passengers feel an impact?
In the short term, no. New trains are
already on order.
How much will it cost the public?
Civil servants assessed that the
immediate options – a fresh Virgin
Trains contract or direct control –
were broadly similar in cost.
high-rise and complex buildings
which will encourage everyone to do
the right thing”. The UK’s highly complex building regulations system runs
to more than 1,600 pages and Hackitt
has described it as “not fit for purpose”
and said it left “room for those who
want to take shortcuts to do so”.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government declined
to comment before publication of the
review.
So far, 158 social housing towers
have been found to be wrapped in
combustible cladding unlikely to meet
current building regulations guidance. While regulations remain under
review, many landlords do not know
what materials to use for recladding.
However, yesterday the prime
minister announced the government
would pay at least £400m for the cladding to be taken down and replaced,
following pressure from councils who
said they couldn’t afford the works.
“Councils and housing associations
must remove dangerous cladding
quickly, but paying for these works
must not undermine their ability
to do important maintenance and
repair work,” Theresa May told the
Commons. The chancellor, Philip
Despite the firms now avoiding up
to £2bn in premium payments, Grayling said “it would not be reasonable
to place conditions” on Stagecoach or
Virgin bidding for further rail services.
He said: “They have paid a high financial and reputational price.”
But the shadow transport secretary,
Andy McDonald, said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to not put conditions
on Virgin-Stagecoach’s bidding status.
He accused the government of having “cynically reprivatised” the line
on the eve of the 2015 election, adding: “We’ve had bailout after bailout
… rail companies win, passengers and
taxpayers lose. Franchising remains at
the heart of the alleged partnerships.
No amount of tinkering can solve the
failings of a broken privatised system
where the public takes the risk and the
companies take the profit – aided and
abetted by the transport secretary.”
The chair of the transport select
committee, Lilian Greenwood, said
the previous transport secretary,
Patrick McLoughlin, had told the
Commons in November 2014 that the
promised £3.3bn for the taxpayer had
been subjected to rigorous scrutiny.
“If Virgin-Stagecoach got their figures
wrong, so did the government,” said
Greenwood. She said the committee
would be examining the latest failure.
She asked Grayling: “What does
this decision today mean for other
franchises which we know are struggling to meet their obligations?” He
said there was no other franchise in
the same position. However, industry analysts widely believe the Greater
Anglia, TransPennine Express and
South Western franchises are at risk.
Grayling announced in November
that the East Coast franchise would
end three years early in 2020, allowing the operators to avoid up to £2bn
in payments until 2023. Lower than
forecast passenger numbers and revenue have seen Stagecoach losing about
£200m on the franchise to date.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach CEO,
said the firm was “surprised and disappointed” by Grayling’s decision.
Journal Leader Page 2 Hammond, said the decision was
taken partly because “we do not want
vital safety work to put at risk our high
priority house-building programmes”.
There is currently no funding for
dozens more privately owned blocks
that are affected and Downing Street
said it expected private building owners to “take responsibility for removing
and replacing and to not pass the cost
on to leaseholders”.
The funding announcement was
welcomed by Labour, which said it
should not have taken so long. The
Local Government Association, which
represents councils, said: “It is great
that the government has honoured
its commitment from last summer
to meet the unexpected exceptional
costs for councils”.
The government has also admitted
that many survivors of the Grenfell fire
will still be living in emergency accommodation such as hotels 12 months
after the disaster. The housing secretary, James Brokenshire, admitted in
the Commons the community would
feel “disappointed and let down”.
The public inquiry into the fire
starts on Monday.
The lives of Grenfell Tower Page 20
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News
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▼ Charlie Hunnam, left, as Nicholas
Nickleby with Jamie Bell as Smike
in the 2002 film version of the novel
PHOTOGRAPH: ALAMY
How the
Dickens?
Novelist’s
creations
aid fight
against
disease
Hannah Devlin
Science correspondent
“Fat boy” Joe, the messenger in The
Pickwick Papers, is “always asleep …
he goes on errands fast asleep, and
snores as he waits at table”.
The servant’s constant snoozing
becomes a running joke in Dickens’s
first novel, but the character also
served as an unlikely inspiration for a
breakthrough in sleep science.
After observing similar symptoms
in an obese poker player who fell
asleep holding a winning hand, in 1956
American doctors named “Pickwickian syndrome” – now known as obesity
hypoventilation syndrome – in which
severe obesity causes breathing problems that lead to daytime sleepiness.
The example is one of several highlighted in a new exhibition, Charles
Dickens: Man of Science, where the
author’s forensic descriptions of illness anticipate or even inspire later
advances in medicine.
“Dickens is an unbelievably acute
observer of human behaviours,”
said Frankie Kubicki, curator at the
Charles Dickens Museum. “He captures these behaviours so perfectly
that his descriptions can be used to
build relationships between symptoms and disease.”
Dickens’s unusually vivid descriptions of diseases are noted in an
obituary of the author in the first edition of the British Medical Journal
from 1870, which will go on display.
“None, except medical men, can
judge of the rare fidelity with which
he [described] the devious paths of
disease and death,” it states. In some
▲ Cartoon of an
ichthyosaur, left,
discovered by
palaeontologist
Mary Anning.
Dickens, above
right, wrote
Anning’s
obituary
PHOTOGRAPHS:
CHARLES DICKENS
MUSEUM, GEOLOGICAL
SOCIETY
Critics force Waterstones to drop
unbranded Edinburgh bookstore
Ben Quinn
Waterstones has backtracked on plans
to open one of its new unbranded
stores in a district of Edinburgh that
is already home to an independent
bookshop, following an outcry from
figures including the Scottish novelist
Val McDermid.
A shop will be opened in the Stockbridge area of the city, but it will be
clearly branded as Waterstones,
according to the company’s managing
director, James Daunt, who admitted:
“We messed up.”
Golden Hare Books, which has
been in Stockbridge for four years,had
accused Waterstones on Monday of
breaking a pledge not to site unbranded
stores in areas that are already home
Dickens’s travelling bag
to independents after plans emerged
for the opening next spring.
“In our insular way we forgot about
them. Literally, I forgot entirely that
they existed, which is one of the perils
of a big chain … the left hand sometimes doesn’t know what the right
hand is doing,” Daunt said.
“We will also need to work with
them to ensure that we do not do
anything predatory or anything that
imperils them at all.”
The U-turn was hailed as a “small
victory” by Julie Danskin, the manager of Golden Hare Books, who said it
was clear that the community had not
responded well to the news.
cases, the conditions described by
Dickens had not yet been medically
recognised, according to Adelene
Buckland, a senior lecturer in 19th
century literature at King’s College
London and adviser to the exhibition.
In Dombey and Son, Mrs Skewton’s “last illness” leaves her unable
to speak and with right-sided paralysis – an uncanny anticipation of the
clinical research of Paul Broca, who
discovered through studying braininjured patients that speech function
is localised on one side of the brain.
In other cases, Dickens’s descriptions were so precise that they were
used to teach diagnosis. William Aitken’s Science and Practice of Medicine,
from 1863, used a passage from Nicholas Nickleby in which Smike is dying
from tuberculosis to describe the
symptoms of “hectic fever”, where the
final flush of high temperature means
“death takes the glow and hue of life”.
The exhibition also highlights
Dickens’s blind spots, including his
enthusiasm for mesmerism, a form
of hypnotism popularised in the 19th
century by his friend, the doctor John
“We are very glad that James Daunt
and Waterstones have done the decent
thing. In future, though, one other
thing that Waterstones can do is really
dial down the discount offers on books
because it does hit us in a way that does
not need to happen.”
Daunt said the rollout of the
unbranded stores – which began in
2014 with the opening of Southwold
Books – would continue, although
there would always be a clear role for
its larger branches.
The idea was to put “good people”
in charge and encourage them to foster
unbranded branches with a view to
them evolving into “idiosyncratic,
‘An unbelievably
acute observer of
human behaviours’
Frankie Kubicki
Curator
Elliotson, and which the author sometimes attempted himself.
Drawing on the evidence of his novels, journalism, letters and exchanges
with friends, the exhibition reveals
Dickens’s extensive connections with
the scientific and medical thinkers of
his day. These connections, together
with a powerful social conscience, may
have inspired the attention to medical
detail in his work.
“He’s interested in the ways that
people living in the city have been
abandoned, neglected and mistreated
and how that’s affected their bodies,”
said Buckland.
Charles Dickens: Man of Science
Charles Dickens Museum, London,
24 May-11 November
quirky little shops of the best sort”.
“The key – and one of the things
I have continued to struggle with
at Waterstones – is how, within the
context of a chain, you get the individual booksellers to create a distinctive
shop,” said Daunt, who was brought
in to rescue the chain in 2011 after a
buyout by the Russian billionaire
Alexander Mamut.
“That is difficult and it’s about
breaking a culture that has been trying
for years to do something different.”
The company made its first profit in
years last year – an achievement linked
to a strategy of trying to run branches
like local bookshops.
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White House ready for summit
despite Kim’s threat to cancel
Julian Borger
Washington
Donald Trump is still ready to meet
the North Korean leader, Kim Jongun, at a summit next month, despite
Pyongyang saying it was not interested
in discussing “one-sided” demands
that it give up its nuclear weapons, the
White House said yesterday.
Asked whether the summit,
planned for 12 June in Singapore, was
still on, Trump told reporters: “We’ll
see what happens.” He added that
“we haven’t been notified at all” that
the North Koreans had cancelled the
meeting.
The president said he would insist
on “denuclearisation” at a summit.
However, the word is ambiguous.
North Korea uses it to describe a longterm process in which all nuclear
weapons powers would eventually
disarm, while the US has interpreted
it as the dismantling and eradication
of the North Korean nuclear weapons
and long-range missile programmes.
That ambiguity, which allowed
plans to go forward for the first ever
‘If they want to meet,
we’ll be ready, if they
don’t that’s OK too’
Sarah Sanders
US spokeswoman
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summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader,
appeared to have been punctured
over the weekend when John Bolton,
Trump’s national security adviser,
and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of
state, went on Sunday talkshows to
claim that Trump’s policy of “maximum pressure” had forced Kim to the
negotiating table.
Bolton, however, went further
than Pompeo in defining denuclearisation. He said it meant “getting rid
of all the nuclear weapons, dismantling them, taking them to Oakridge,
Tennessee. It means getting rid of the
uranium enrichment and plutonium
reprocessing capabilities”.
His comments followed an earlier
remark that the administration, in
disarming North Korea, would adopt
▲ South Korean
marines scan
the border with
the North, which
has suggested the
US is trying to
force ‘unilateral
nuclear
abandonment’
▼ A passerby
in central Seoul
glances at a
television news
screen showing
a report of the
tensions between
Donald Trump
and Kim Jong-un
PHOTOGRAPH: AHN
YOUNG-JOON/AP
PHOTOGRAPH: JUNG
YEON-JE/GETTY
the Libya model, referring to Muammar
Gaddafi’s surrender of his embryonic
nuclear weapons programme in 2003.
North Korean officials have repeatedly
pointed to Gaddafi’s grisly death in a
Nato-backed insurgency eight years
later as a reason not to give up their
nuclear weapons.
Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s first
deputy minister of foreign affairs,
rejected that position, singling out
Bolton and his comments.
He said: “This is not an expression of intention to address the issue
through dialogue. It is essentially a
manifestation of awfully sinister move
to impose on our dignified state the
destiny of Libya or Iraq which had been
collapsed due to yielding the whole of
their countries to big powers.”
He concluded: “If the US is trying
to drive us into a corner to force our
unilateral nuclear abandonment, we
will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our
proceeding to the DPRK-US summit.”
In response, Bolton told Fox News
Radio yesterday that “we are trying
to be both optimistic and realistic at
the same time”. He said the personal
attack on him raised the question
of “whether this really is a sign that
they’re not taking our objective of
denuclearisation seriously”.
Sarah Sanders, a White House
spokeswoman, said the administration had “fully expected” North
Korea’s posturing, and left the door
open to the summit going ahead. “If
they want to meet, we’ll be ready and
if they don’t, that’s OK too,” she said.
She distanced Trump from Bolton’s
comments on the “Libya model” and
said she had not “seen that as part of
any discussions so I’m not aware that
that’s a model that we’re using”.
She added: “I haven’t seen that
that’s a specific thing. I know that
comment was made. There’s not a
cookie-cutter model on how this
would work. This is the President
Trump model. He’s going to run this
the way he sees fit. We’re 100% confident, as we’ve said many times before,
as I’m sure you’re all aware, he’s the
best negotiator and we’re very confident on that front.”
▲ Christopher Wylie appearing
before the Senate judiciary committee
Bannon used
ad targeting
for a culture
war, says Wylie
Olivia Solon
The former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon and billionaire
Robert Mercer sought Cambridge
Analytica’s political ad targeting
technology as part of an “arsenal
of weapons to fight a culture war”,
according to whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
“Bannon believes that politics is
downstream from culture. They were
seeking out companies to build an arsenal of weapons to fight a culture war,”
Wylie said, when asked why investors
thought that the political consultancy’s efforts would work, targeting
people based on psychological profiles
and assessment of their personality.
The 28-year-old was giving evidence on Capitol Hill in Washington
for the first time since his decision to
blow the whistle on the use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica.
During his testimony to the Senate
judiciary committee, Wylie confirmed
that he believed one of the goals of Bannon, while he was vice-president of
Cambridge Analytica, was voter suppression. “One thing that provoked me
to leave was discussions about ‘voter
disengagement’ and the idea of targeting African Americans,” he said, adding
he saw documents referring to this.
Facebook posts were targeted at
black voters reminding them of Hillary
Clinton’s 1990s description of black
youths as “superpredators”, in an
effort to deter them from voting for her.
Wylie also explained why Cambridge Analytica was testing messages
such as “drain the swamp” and “build
the wall” in 2014, before the Trump
campaign existed. “The company
learned that there were segments of
the populace that were responsive to
these messages that weren’t necessarily reflected in other polling,” he said.
Many of the senators’ questions
focused on Facebook and other internet companies’ business models and
whether individuals were aware of
the degree of privacy invasion they
are subjected to.
Wylie said that Facebook had created a platform that encouraged the
abuse of people’s privacy. “It’s true
you can’t buy Facebook’s data but they
make it readily available to its customers via its applications,” he said.
Cambridge Analytica closed down
this month, denying any wrongdoing,
but saying negative media coverage
had left it with legal fees and no clients.
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End of the line for
stereotypical adverts
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Dissents of history
y
Banksy hoax now part
n
of satire exhibition
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Continued from page 1
Europe can no
longer rely on
US, says Tusk
PHOTOGRAPH:
DANNY LAWSON/PA
Dammed wind An RAF Typhoon took the place of a Lancaster bomber that was grounded by
strong winds yesterday in a flypast commemorating 75 years since the Dambusters raid on Nazi
Germany. The flight path took in Derwent dam in Derbyshire, above, which was used by the crews
of 617 squadron in 1943 as they trained for the bouncing bomb raids on the Ruhr dams
Rural police could patrol with
guns to deal with terror threats
Vikram Dodd
Police and crime corespondent
Police leaders have discussed arming
frontline constables with guns amid
concerns it would take too long for
armed officers to reach an attack in a
rural area, a police chief has said.
Simon Chesterman, the national
lead for armed policing, said the
routine arming of regular officers
remained an option given an elevated
terror threat to Britain – which security officials believe is here to stay, with
12 terrorist murder plots faced within
the last year.
The Guardian has learned details of
the plans presented to police chiefs,
which would see beat officers being
given two weeks of training.
Police chiefs want to keep the tradition that just a fraction of officers are
armed only after being highly trained.
But the heightened terror threat,
the rising availability of firearms and
their increased use, has led to a focus
on how each force would respond.
A paper written by Chesterman
for a meeting of police chiefs said:
“An officer would require approximately two weeks initial training to
deploy with a handgun. This would
include weapons handling and retention together with some basic tactics.
Officers would require approximately
two days per annum refresher training
and to perform qualification shoots.
“Aside from the costs associated
with abstractions for training, there
would be significant implications and
costs associated with supporting infrastructure, such as access to suitable
ranges and firearms instructors.”
The cost of purchasing each individual handgun is £500, he said.
The discussion paper was written
for a police chiefs meeting last July
and came after deadly terror attacks
in London and Manchester. The paper
also said: “Routinely armed response
officers would be trained to intervene
in extremis before the specialist firearms response gets there.”
Chesterman confirmed discussions had taken place about “whether
some form of routine arming might
be appropriate”. He said it was best
that the first police response to a terror attack was fully trained firearms
officers who are stationed in armed
response vehicles, and whose numbers have grown in the last two years.
But studies by officials find that it
would take too long for fully trained
armed officers to reach some rural
‘Routinely armed
officers would be
trained to intervene’
Simon Chesterman
Armed policing lead
areas, so police have been devising
plans for how to plug that gap.
One option, in an area such as Devon
and Cornwall, is for regular constables
who volunteer to openly wear guns on
their belt. Another is for the guns to be
stored securely in patrol cars.
Another two rural forces are understood to be considering similar plans.
Chesterman said: “I think that
it does not need to happen at the
moment as the threat is not there.” But
he stressed the option remained open.
Any decision on arming officers is a
matter for the chief constable of each
of the 43 local forces covering England and Wales, as well as the national
British Transport Police. Officers in
Northern Ireland are routinely armed.
Chesterman also revealed that
counter-terrorist specialist firearms
officers (CTSFOs) will have new special
weapons and subsonic ammunition
so they can shoot terrorist suspects
silently. “The barrels will become
thicker as they will be silenced,” he
said. “We can see them, they can’t see
us and they can’t hear us.”
There are now 1,351 more armed
officers, with 6,465 in the 43 local
forces and another 3,305 in the civil
nuclear, Ministry of Defence and
British Transport Police forces, all of
whom could be called upon.
also militarily, like never before. To
put it simply: either we are together,
or we will not be at all.
“But, frankly speaking, Europe
should be grateful by President Trump
because thanks to him we have got rid
of old illusions. He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you
will find one at the end of your arm.
“Europe must do everything in its
power to protect – in spite of today’s
mood – the transatlantic bond. But at
the same time we must be prepared
for those scenarios where we have to
act on our own.”
Tusk said he wanted the 28 leaders
over the next 24 hours to reconfirm
that the EU would stick to the deal as
long as Iran did. “The deal is good for
European and global security, which
is why we must maintain it,” he said.
Tusk said the US appeared to be hesitating in hitting European companies
doing business in Iran with sanctions,
but the bloc still needed to be ready to
protect its interests. It was crucial, he
said, that the EU stuck to its guns and
refused to talk trade with the US until
it received a permanent exemption
from the punitive tariffs on steel and
aluminium imposed by Washington
on the grounds of national security.
“The EU and US are friends and
partners, therefore US tariffs cannot
be justified on the basis of national
security,” he said. “It is absurd to even
think that the EU could be a threat to
the US. We need to bring back reality
in this discussion.”
A number of companies, including
the French firm Total, have announced
they will end their Iran contracts
unless the US administration gives
them an exemption.
The leaders of the EU member states
are in Sofia to discuss the western
Balkans and digital innovation, but the
agenda has been hijacked by the need
to respond to Trump.
Tusk will also have a meeting with
May today to discuss Brexit, with concerns growing about the debate in
Britain over the customs union. One
senior EU official described the scenes
of the British cabinet openly debating
the way forward without a clear lead
from the prime minister as shocking.
Meanwhile, the home secretary,
Sajid Javid, has clashed with the European parliament over his department’s
scheme for EU nationals seeking to
stay in the UK after Brexit.
In a letter to Guy Verhofstadt, the
parliament’s Brexit coordinator, in
which Javid sought to reassure Verhofstadt that it would be a smooth and fair
system in the UK, he said the 27 other
member states had so far failed to
offer their plans for dealing with British nationals. “We are concerned that
as yet we have seen little information
about the practical arrangements for
securing their rights under the withdrawal agreement,” Javid wrote.
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says Assad is
more popular
than west
recognises
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Patrick Wintour
Diplomatic editor
The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad,
has a greater “depth and breadth of
support than is recognised in the
west”, the shadow foreign secretary
has said.
Emily Thornberry’s remarks to
the magazine Prospect are likely to
be controversial among those who
regard Assad as a brutal dictator who
has killed tens of thousands of his citizens and driven millions of refugees
over the border. Thornberry is likely
to argue that she was merely saying
a segment of public opinion does not
recognise that Assad has greater popular following inside Syria than the
opposition forces suggest.
‘There is a depth of
support that has been
underestimated’
Emily Thornberry
Shadow foreign secretary
She is quoted as saying: “There
is an argument that if [Assad] had
been as overwhelmingly unpopular
as the rebels told the west at the outset, then he wouldn’t be there. I think
there has been a depth and a breadth
of support for Assad that has been
underestimated.”
In the interview, Thornberry, who
has been accused of taking a lenient
approach towards Assad before, called
for talks to end the civil war, and said
Russia could bring Assad to the negotiating table with the UN. She urged all
foreign troops to leave Syria.
She also suggested that the UK
should support the peace process
backed by Russia, as well as the one
conducted through the UN. She said: “I
think we should be working with whatever works, for the sake of the Syrian
kids. None of this is revolutionary.”
Thornberry refused to condemn
Russia in the interview for repeatedly
vetoing UN security council resolutions aimed at ending the civil war in
Syria, or investigating the responsibility for chemical attacks. She was
also non-committal about whether the
Baltic states should have joined Nato.
Oxfam’s chief,
Mark Goldring,
announces he
will step down
led by someone bringing fresh vision
and energy and making a long-term
commitment to see it through.”
Oxfam said Goldring had presided
over “the biggest annual humanitarian
response in its history, encompassing
the refugee crisis as well as conflicts
including Yemen, Syria and South
Sudan”. It noted that he “faced the
test of a lifetime” when that time was
punctuated by the emergence of the
allegations of abuse and cover-up at
Oxfam; a period he called the “most
intense and challenging of my life”.
Oxfam lost thousands of donors in
the immediate aftermath of the revelations in the Times in February that its
staff had been found to have sexually
exploited victims of the Haiti earthquake before Goldring took charge.
Caroline Thomson, the chair of
Oxfam, said she had accepted Goldring’s decision to step down “with
great sadness and with thanks for his
dedication and leadership”.
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down at the end of the year.
Mark Goldring, who took up the post
in 2013, was at the head of the charity
when news broke of the sexual abuse
of victims of the Haiti earthquake in
2010 by members of the organisation’s
staff at that time.
Announcing his decision, he said:
“Following the very public exposure of
Oxfam’s past failings, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Oxfam is
a safe and respectful place for all who
have contact with us. We are now laying strong foundations for recovery.
I am personally totally committed to
seeing this phase through.
“However, what is important in 2019
and beyond is that Oxfam rebuilds
and renews in a way that is most relevant for the future and so continues
to help as many people as possible
around the world build better lives.
I think that this journey will best be
Deputy Bank
governor sorry
for ‘menopausal
economy’ error
Angela Monaghan
A deputy governor of the Bank of England has apologised for saying the UK
economy was in a “menopausal” phase
after passing its productive peak.
Ben Broadbent was accused of using
“lazy, sexist” language when he compared the economy to the Victorian
era, when a pause between steam
technology and the age of electricity
contributed to a slump in productivity.
In an interview with the Telegraph,
Broadbent said the term applied by
economic historians to describe such
a slump was “climacteric”, which he
said essentially means “menopausal,
but can apply to both genders. You’ve
passed your productive peak”.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary
▲ Mark Goldring said Oxfam needs
someone new ‘to bring fresh vision’
of the TUC, said the language Broadbent used was “totally inappropriate”.
“There’s no need to resort to lazy, sexist comments to describe problems in
the economy,” she said.
Broadbent said in a statement: “I’m
sorry for my poor choice of language
and regret the offence caused. I was
explaining the meaning of the word
‘climacteric’, a term used by economic
historians to describe a period of low
productivity growth during the 19th
century. Economic productivity is
something which affects every one of
us, of all ages and genders.”
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, chief executive
of Virgin Money UK, who led a government review on boosting gender
equality in the financial sector, said:
“When I read this I thought about
my own menopause and was sure he
meant that the future is hard work,
challenging, renewing, worth fighting
for, 100% positive and constantly hot!”
Carolyn Fairbairn, director general
of the CBI, the business lobby group,
said: “This distracts from the real
issue at hand. Productivity has been
the UK’s achilles heel for far too long.”
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▼ Children from Queensmead
School Windsor act out the royal
wedding procession on the Long Walk
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No television
role for bride’s
extended
family, says
TV company
Jim Waterson
Media editor
Markle’s mother flies
in as royal retinue’s
child stars revealed
Caroline Davies
As Meghan Markle’s father looked
increasingly unlikely to walk her down
the aisle on Saturday, Kensington Palace announced details of those who
would definitely be accompanying
the bride.
Princess Charlotte, aged three, and
Prince George, four, have been chosen as part of the bridal retinue of six
bridesmaids and four pageboys.
Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, 61,
is also reportedly en route to London,
and will meet the Queen and senior
royals before Saturday, when she will
possibly accompany her daughter to
the altar of St George’s chapel, in Windsor Castle.
Thomas Markle Sr, 73, was reportedly undergoing heart surgery
yesterday, according to the US celebrity website TMZ through which, after
months of silence, the retired television lighting director now appears to
communicate.
After Kensington Palace announced
the role of the father of the bride on
Sunday, it was reported the next day
that he would miss the ceremony,
due to his embarrassment over being
caught “staging” paparazzi pictures
of himself.
On Tuesday it was claimed he did
not want to miss the wedding after
his daughter reached out to him. But
later that day he was reportedly set to
undergo heart surgery.
Kensington Palace has not commented on whether Markle Sr is still
expected. It is likely the ceremony,
which has been meticulously planned
over months, is undergoing some lastminute adjustment.
The palace has, however, confirmed
the bridesmaids and pageboys. In addition to Charlotte, who is Harry’s niece,
the bridesmaids are: his goddaughters,
Zalie Warren, two, and Florence van
Cutsem, three; Markle’s goddaughters,
▲ Princess Charlotte and Prince
George will have roles at the wedding
Remi and Rylan Litt, who are sisters
aged six and seven respectively; and
Ivy Mulroney, aged four. Along with
Harry’s nephew George, the pageboys
are: his godson, Jasper Dyer, six, and
Brian and John Mulroney, both seven.
Ivy, Brian and John are the children of
Markle’s close friends the Canadian
stylist Jessica Mulroney and her TV
host husband Ben, whose father is the
former Canadian prime minister Brian
Mulroney.
Also in the UK – though not at the
chapel – are members of Markle’s
extended family. Tracy Dooley, who
was once married to Markle’s halfbrother, Thomas Markle Jr, flew into
Heathrow on Monday with their two
sons, Tyler, 25 – who reportedly works
as a cannabis farmer in Oregon, where
marijuana is legal, and plans to create
a hybrid called Markle’s Sparkle – and
Thomas, 26, a fast-food chain restaurant manager.
Markle Sr, who lives in Mexico,
reportedly told TMZ that he had suffered a heart attack last week. The
website revealed on Tuesday that he
would have surgery yesterday afternoon. He has reportedly attributed his
health issues to stress.
His daughter and Prince Harry
are understood to be distressed and
concerned about his wellbeing. Kensington Palace has asked for him to be
afforded understanding and respect.
Samantha Markle, Markle Sr’s
daughter with his first wife, has said
the stress of dealing with media intrusion has put him under immense
pressure.
The Mail on Sunday alleged he had
colluded with a Los Angeles photo
agency over pictures of him being
measured for his wedding suit, working out and looking at reports of the
wedding on a computer at an internet cafe.
Asparagus fit for a prince
But supplier fears Brexit
An asparagus farmer whose
produce looks set to be served at
the royal wedding has warned he
faces going bust because of Brexit.
Kensington Palace dropped a
heavy hint that the 600 guests will
enjoy asparagus from Andy Allen’s
Norfolk farm when it published
pictures of his spears being
prepared by the royal kitchens.
Royal protocol prevents Allen
from confirming his Portwood
Asparagus farm has been chosen
but he said: “We are certainly in
the frame and I do know there will
be a story to tell on Monday.”
Supplying the royal kitchens
provides a huge boost to Allen’s
business but he warns it will not
help him plug the gap in migrant
workers he needs to stay afloat
after the UK leaves the EU.
Allen said: “This is the best PR
I could ever have had, to supply
the royal kitchens, and yet will I be
able to continue to supply them?
It is a huge privilege to be chosen,
but it doesn’t help because who is
going to pick the bloody stuff ?
“We are reliant on seasonal
migrant workers. If we can’t get
that labour I’ll have to pack up.
There is not the technology to pick
asparagus with robots.”
Stephanie Maurel, chief
executive of migrant labour
charity Concordia, which supplies
EU workers to farms, said: “We
have people who are keen to
come; farmers who are desperate
to have people pick their crops,
and we just can’t bridge that gap.”
Matthew Weaver
When Meghan Markle’s former
sister-in-law, Tracy Dooley, landed
at Heathrow on Monday night,
accompanied by her adult sons
Tyler and Thomas Dooley, rumours
began to fly about the reasons for the
family’s visit. With no invitations to
the ceremony, their presence was
attributed to media opportunities on
both sides of the Atlantic.
The Dooleys were understood to
have been lined up as contributors
for Good Morning Britain, with
the Daily Mail reporting that they
had been recruited as “special
correspondents” for the programme,
to which they have already
contributed. Tracy Dooley, who by
her own admission has not seen the
future royal in two decades, after
divorcing Markle’s half-brother
– was expected to report for the
programme live from Windsor.
But if that offer was ever in place,
it isn’t now. When the Guardian
contacted ITV’s early morning
programme to ask whether it would
be using the Dooleys as contributors
– despite trenchant criticism from its
breakfast host Piers Morgan of the
wider Markle family’s relationship
with the media industry – a
spokesperson said: “The Dooleys
will not be contributing to Good
Morning Britain’s coverage of the
Royal wedding.”
There was no response to further
requests asking whether the Dooleys
had been due to appear on the
programme.
The incident is another example
of the uneasy relationship between
Kensington Palace, Markle’s wider
family, and a media industry
desperate for stories relating to this
weekend’s royal wedding.
The family has already proved
to be regulars in the media, with
Markle’s brother ,Thomas Jr, writing
an open letter in a US celebrity
magazine urging Prince Harry to call
off the wedding.
Despite the blanket news
coverage, there is no sign as yet
of any of the extended Markle
family being signed up for lucrative
punditry slots on US television
networks, who have built enormous
temporary studios in Windsor for
the wedding.
▲ Tyler and Tracy Dooley at the
cannabis farm where he works
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Rise in banned CFCs
detected – now hunt
is on to find source
Damian Carrington
Environment editor
A sharp and mysterious rise in emissions of a significant ozone-destroying
chemical has been detected by scientists, despite its production being
banned around the world.
Unless the culprit is found and
stopped, the recovery of the ozone
layer, which protects life on Earth
from damaging UV radiation, could be
delayed by a decade. The source of the
new emissions has been tracked to east
Asia, but finding a more precise location requires further investigation.
CFC chemicals were used in making
foams for furniture and buildings, in
aerosols and as refrigerants. But they
were banned under the global Montreal protocol after the discovery of
the ozone hole over Antarctica in
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the 1980s. Since 2007, reported production of CFC-11, the second most
damaging of all CFCs, has been zero.
The rise in CFC-11 was revealed by
Stephen Montzka, at the US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, and
colleagues who monitor chemicals in
the atmosphere. “I have been doing
this for 27 years and this is the most
surprising thing I’ve ever seen,” he
said. “I was just shocked by it.”
“We are acting as detectives of
the atmosphere, trying to understand what is happening and why,”
Montzka said. “When things go awry,
we raise a flag.”
Erik Solheim, the head of UN Environment, said: “If these emissions
continue unabated they have the
potential to slow down the recovery
of the ozone layer. It’s therefore critical that we identify the precise causes
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of these emissions and take the necessary action.”
CFCs used in buildings and appliances before the ban came into force
still leak into the air today. The rate of
leakage was declining steadily until
2013, when an abrupt slowing of the
decline was detected at research stations around the globe.
Scientists then embarked on an
investigation, published in the journal Nature, to find out the cause. The
detective work began by assessing
whether there had been changes in
how the atmosphere distributes and
destroys CFC-11 that could explain the
changed measurements. But this factor was mostly ruled out and in the
most recent data – 2017 – it appears to
have played no role at all.
Next, the researchers looked at
whether the release of CFC from
older materials could have doubled,
as required to explain the data. “But
we don’t know of any folks who are
destroying buildings at a much more
dramatic rate than they were before,”
said Montzka.
Lastly, the team considered whether
the new CFC-11 was being produced as
a by-product of some other chemical
manufacturing process. But they ruled
this out too, as the quantities involved
are too high, representing a 25% rise in
global emissions.
‘If these emissions
continue unabated
they have the
potential to slow
down the recovery of
the ozone layer’
Erik Solheim
Head of UN Environment
“You are left with: ‘Boy, it really
looks like somebody is making it new,’”
said Montzka, who noted that the less
damaging replacement for CFC-11 is
more expensive to make.
“If the increased emissions were
to go away [soon], it’s influence on
the recovery date for the ozone layer
would be minor,” he said. “If it doesn’t
go away, there could be a 10-year delay,
and if it continued to increase, the
delay would be even longer.”
The last option is a possibility in the
event that the new CFC-11 is being used
in foams. Then only a small fraction
will have made it to the atmosphere so
far and more could leak out for many
years into the future.
Michaela Hegglin, at the University of Reading, and not part of the
research team said researchers had
taken rigorous steps to rule out alternative explanations for the rise in
CFC-11 when reaching their conclusion that new production must be
occurring.
She said: “The study highlights that
environmental regulations cannot be
taken for granted and must be safeguarded, and that monitoring is
required to ensure compliance.”
Prof Piers Forster, at the University of Leeds, said: “This new study
is atmospheric detective work at its
finest.”
Paul Young, at Lancaster University,
said: “The Montreal protocol has been
rightly hailed as our most successful
international environmental treaty, so
the suggestion that there are possibly
continued, unreported emissions of
CFCs is certainly troubling and needs
further investigation.”
Montzka said the world’s nations
are committed to enforcement of the
Montreal protocol. “I have a feeling
that we will find out fairly quickly what
exactly is going on and that the situation will be remedied,” he said.
Even just the publicity about the
new CFC-11 production could lead to
its shutdown, he said: “Somebody who
was maybe doing it purposefully will
realise – oh, someone is paying attention – and stop doing it.”
Hambling
‘metaphor’
chosen for
statue of
feminism’s
foremother
Nicola Slawson
▲ Mary Wollstonecraft (c 1797) and,
below, Hambling’s sculpture Scallop
The pioneering British artist Maggi
Hambling has been chosen to create
a long-awaited statue commemorating
the “foremother of feminism” Mary
Wollstonecraft.
The Mary on the Green campaign,
which has been calling for a permanent memorial to the philosopher and
author of A Vindication of the Rights of
Woman since 2011, unanimously chose
Hambling for the sculpture.
Jude Kelly, patron for the campaign
and artistic director of the Southbank
Centre, described Hambling, best
known for a sculpture of Oscar Wilde in
Covent Garden, as “a modern legend”.
She added: “[She] is a wonderful choice to capture the spirit and
strength of Wollstonecraft”.
The winning statue design, which
features a figure (described as an
everywoman) emerging out of organic
matter, is inspired by Wollstonecraft’s
claim to be “the first of a new genus”.
The plinth will feature her most
famous quote: “I do not wish women
to have power over men; but over
themselves.”
The statue will be erected in Newington Green, north London, which is
known as the birthplace of feminism
because of Wollstonecraft’s roots
that will really attract passersby to
look at it.”
Hambling had also been chosen
because she was so passionate about
Wollstonecraft’s legacy. “She doesn’t
do anything that she doesn’t love,” said
Birch. “She is completely engrossed
who Wollstonecraft was and what her
contribution was.”
She added: “We know the artwork
will spark a lot of discussion and
attract a lot of people, which is what
we really wanted.”
Wollstonecraft, who died in 1797,
has been called the original suffragette. She argued that women were
capable of reason and all they lacked
was education – an outrageous opinion at the time. She was a prominent
human rights campaigner, novelist
and philosopher.
More than 4,000 people have
signed a petition in support of the
memorial for her and the campaign
garnered support from the Labour
leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and London
mayor, Sadiq Khan.
Birch said they hoped the sculpture
would be made and erected soon. A
further £60,000 needs to be raised for
the work to begin, and an online fundraising page has been set up.
▲ The British artist Maggi Hambling says she hopes her winning design, which features an ‘everywoman’ emerging out of
organic matter, ‘will act as a metaphor for the challenges women continue to face’ PHOTOGRAPH: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA
there. Hambling said of the decision:
“I’m really excited at the prospect of
realising my idea, inspired by the trailblazer Mary Wollstonecraft. I hope the
piece will act as a metaphor for the
challenges women continue to face
as we confront the world.”
Anna Birch, spokeswoman for the
campaign, said Hambling had been
chosen following a lengthy consultation and a rigorous judging process.
She said: “There was a lot of debate
but in the end it was unanimous.
“Given the artwork is by an international artist, I think it’s got the
calibre to celebrate the contribution
that Wollstonecraft has made to philosophy and the emancipation of
humankind.”
Birch said the Wollstonecraft piece
would be “just as spirited” as Scallop,
Hambling’s controversial four-metrehigh steel sculpture on Aldeburgh
beach, dedicated to Benjamin Britten.
“We have gone for something metaphorical, rather than a sculpture or
portrait of her, because we wanted to
celebrate her spirit,” Birch said.
“We’re not walking in the footsteps
of the bronze male sculptures and
what they do in Parliament Square.
We wanted to do something different
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Nuclear fuel
Leaked paper
reveals threat
to supply of
raw material
Lisa O’Carroll
Brexit correspondent
Brexit deadlines have put the supply of nuclear raw material for power
stations at risk, a leaked government
document has suggested.
The document, obtained by Sky
News, shows that Britain is already
missing critical deadlines to put full
safeguards in place to keep the flow of
components and raw material needed
to fabricate nuclear fuel after Brexit.
Britain does not produce uranium.
It must have its own safety measures in place, including a governing
body to regulate the safe transport of
the raw material, once it leaves the
European safeguarding body Euratom
after Brexit.
Five “high-level risks” in setting up
this government body have been identified by the UK’s Office for Nuclear
Regulation, according to an internal
“risk register” paper obtained by Sky.
Work on a new IT system, which
should have started by the end of
March, is behind schedule and the
deadline has already been “irretrievably lost”, the document says.
Other areas categorised as “red”
on a red, amber, green (RAG) project
management ranking include recruitment, lack of training for inspectors
and funding. Failure to arrange the
“comprehensive handover” of hardware from Euratom is also cited.
The document was leaked just days
after the chief executive of the Nuclear
Industry Association, Tom Greatrex,
warned that Britain could have a
period with no nuclear fuel unless
the safeguards were in place in time.
“Whilst you may have a stock of raw
material to be able to produce fuel,
eventually you are going to be in the
position where you use that up,” Greatrex said. He told Sky News the Brexit
decision had created “a very exacting
timetable” to set up the independent
British body and that there was “no
shortcut” to achieve it.
Scientists have warned that British power stations may not be able
to source nuclear fuel if it cannot be
legally transported across borders.
“We could end up in a situation
where you have got a perfectly wellfunctioning fleet of nuclear power
stations but we haven’t got enough
fuel,” Greatrex said on Monday.“We
don’t want to end up in the position
where we have got power stations and
haven’t got fuel.”
The D epartment of B usiness,
Energy and Industrial Strategy said
it had made “significant progress in
preparing to leave Euratom to ensure
safeguards are in place from day one”.
The nuclear safeguards bill was
making good progress through parliament. Britain had signed a nuclear
cooperation agreement with the US,
which it was hoped would be the first
of a series of deals to ensure no disruption to the nuclear supply chain.
Scale of May’s challenge laid
bare by fifteenth defeat in
Lords on Brexit legislation
PM under pressure as peers
stand firm over concerns for
environmental protection
Heather Stewart
Anne Perkins
Peers inflicted a fifteenth defeat on the
government’s key Brexit bill yesterday,
underlining the acute political
challenge Theresa May faces in seeking a deal that both parliament and her
warring ministers can live with.
The latest amendment, aimed at
bolstering environmental protection
after Brexit, was carried by 294 to 244
votes. Peers said enforcement measures in a consultation document last
week were inadequate and the environment had been subordinated to
housing and economic growth.
With her cabinet still deadlocked
over customs arrangements, the prime
minister must now decide when to
bring the legislation back to the House
of Commons and seek to undo the
changes made by peers.
Lord Callanan, the Conservative
leader in the Lords, said, “Since its
introduction, we’ve listened to those
who offer constructive suggestions to
improve the bill so that it can deliver
on its vital purpose of preparing our
statute book for exit day.
“However, during the bill’s journey through the House of Lords some
changes have been made that conflict
with its purpose or are designed to
frustrate the entire exit process and
so we are considering the implications
of those decisions.”
The backbench pro-Brexit European Research Group, chaired by Jacob
Rees-Mogg, wants to see the votes
brought forward as soon as possible
to scotch the idea that there is a majority against hard Brexit among MPs.
They point to a pair of recent
Commons victories, over the release
of Windrush documents, and the
second part of the Leveson inquiry,
as evidence the government’s majority
is more secure than moderate backbenchers claim.
But some of the Lords amendments,
including those on a customs union
and on the meaningful vote, received
significant Conservative support in
the Lords, which could strengthen
the hand of waverers in the Commons.
Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in
the Lords, said, “the prime minister will have been carefully watching
our debates and votes on this bill. It
now returns to the Commons in better shape, with both government and
cross party amendments that provide
MPs with an opportunity to consider
these important issues.”
“I hope Mrs May will take a pragmatic view of how best to proceed
rather than follow a purely ideological route that rejects sensible
amendments.” Meanwhile, evidence
from the Northern Ireland secretary,
Karen Bradley, to a select committee
in Westminster illustrated the depth of
May’s other constitutional headache,
over how to protect the integrity of the
Good Friday agreement by ensuring
there is no hard border.
Bradley told MPs there must be “no
new physical infrastructure at the
border”, including registration plate
recognition cameras.
But she appeared to choose her
words carefully, hinting there could be
“infrastructure” away from the border.
“We have to be very careful when
we look at the arrangements and the
suggestions that would be in place
as to how we would police it; how
we would manage the infrastructure
needed, should infrastructure be
needed at some point, at some place,
in order to achieve the aims of the customs arrangements,” she told MPs.
Bradley, a close ally of Theresa
May’s, made clear she favours the
“new customs partnership”, in which
the UK would collect taxes on behalf
of the EU – rather than the “max fac”
approach preferred by Brexiters –
which they insist could be managed
294
The number of votes that carried
the latest amendment, aimed at
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Sketch
John Crace
Karen Bradley,
Northern Ireland
secretary, told
MPs there
must be ‘no
new physical
infrastructure at
the border’
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SZYMANOWICZ/
BARCROFT IMAGES
Corbyn finds he’s on to
a winner as simple
questions bring
forth the full Maybot
J
with a minimum of new infrastructure, which could be set back from the
border.
“There’s no doubt that new customs
partnership, the hybrid model,
makes the Northern Irish border
easier. It is resolved in an easier way
than maximum facilitation,” Bradley
said. But she insisted she had an “open
mind”.
The government has promised to
set out its approach to the negotiations
in a 100-page white paper before the
June council, when EU leaders will
gather to discuss progress.
There are growing reports that “max
fac”, where the UK and EU would work
cooperatively to ensure friction-free
trade, is gaining ground at Westminster
and among EU negotiators.
The Guardian understands that
Brussels now views it as a more practicable element of any future deal than
the alternative “new customs partnership” — though it falls far short of
resolving the Irish border issue.
Labour last night lost an attempt to
use parliamentary procedures to force
the government to publish cabinet
papers about the customs row.
The shadow Brexit team, led by Keir
Starmer, had sought to use a “humble address” to make the government
publish the documents – but they were
defeated by 301 votes to 269 – a majority of 32. The former Conservative
party chairman Patrick McLoughlin
dismissed it as a “cynical ploy”.
eremy Corbyn has a stubborn streak. Critics
might call him a slow learner. But even he can
recognise when he’s on to a winning streak.
After months – years – of rambling on about
something sent in by Susan of Solihull, the
Labour leader has twigged that prime minister’s
questions isn’t really that complicated. Especially when
you’re up against someone as hopeless as Theresa May.
Last week, Corbyn broke with the habit of a
lifetime by asking six short questions about Brexit
and had the best PMQs of his time as leader. So quite
understandably, he opted for doing the same thing
this week. With precisely the same result. At this rate
Wednesdays could become a cushy number for the
Labour leader. Why bother mugging up on the NHS or
Windrush, when all you need to do is enquire how the
prime minister thinks Brexit is coming along and then sit
back and wait for everyone to start sniggering.
“How was Brexit coming along?” Corbyn asked.
Theresa was completely blindsided by this. As if she
had never heard of Brexit, let alone had a solution to it.
Umm, Brexit, she said, stalling for time as she willed an
electrical charge to fire up her circuit board.
It had all been going so well that she had divided the
cabinet sub-committee into two sub-sub-committees.
One sub-sub-committee had said that everything
was going splendidly because the solution they were
working on was a complete waste of time. And the
second sub-sub-committee that had been working on
the other solution had reported that they too thought
things couldn’t be better because their option was a total
non-starter.
To make things even clearer, the
Why bother mugging
Northern Ireland secretary, Karen
Bradley, had spent the morning
up on the NHS or
the select committee
Windrush when all you telling
that both solutions were equally
workable. As in equally unworkable.
need to do is enquire
Theresa was now minded to further
how the PM thinks
divide the two sub-sub-committees
into three sub-sub-sub-committees.
Brexit is coming along
Corbyn then further confused
the prime minister by asking her
epistemological questions on
the nature of friction. How much friction was as little
friction as possible? “The government has a policy,”
the prime minister creaked, defaulting to her normal
Maybot mode. A policy of having done almost nothing
for two years. A policy of literally not having a clue.
On the government frontbench, there were collective
groans of despair. The closest the cabinet has come to a
show of unity in months. Even Matt Hancock, who has
never knowingly met a bum he doesn’t feel compelled
to lick, threw his head back in a state of tortured rictus.
Shares in the heroin trade rose sharply. At times like
these, only oblivion will do.
The Maybot stumbled on. An incoherent death-spiral
of free association. The Art of Mindlessnessnessness.
Failing even to realise that she had inadvertently
committed the UK to remaining in the customs union.
The ghost of Freud. It was terrifying to realise that
someone whose job description is to speak and think is
often incapable of doing either.
Corbyn merely stuck to his formula. Keep it simple,
stupid. It didn’t really matter that his own party’s
position is inconsistent with the realities of Brexit.
Labour don’t have to come up with any intelligent ideas
of their own. They merely have to point out the stupidity
of the government’s. AKA shooting fish in a barrel. The
hunt for the cabinet’s solitary brain cell continues.
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▲ Dominic Cummings, the former chief Vote Leave strategist, has been asked to
appear in front of a select committee by MPs PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID LEVENSON/GETTY
Television
Cumberbatch
to play Vote
Leave leader
Jim Waterson
Media editor
Benedict Cumberbatch is to portray the
mastermind of the Brexit campaign in
a new Channel 4 drama about the EU
referendum.
The star of Sherlock and Patrick Melrose will take on the role of Dominic
Cummings, the former Michael Gove
adviser who led Vote Leave to victory
in 2016.
The film, due to air next year shortly
before Britain leaves the EU in March,
will be written by James Graham, who
has won awards for his political plays
such as This House and Ink.
The TV production, partly based on
books written by the Sunday Times
political editor, Tim Shipman, and
the former Downing Street director of
communications Craig Oliver, is likely
to examine how Cummings led Vote
Leave to victory against the odds while
having a tempestuous relationship
with those around him.
Cummings’ involvement in the
Brexit campaign is being examined by
authorities, with MPs requesting the
former Vote Leave strategist appears in
front of a select committee to answer
questions, while the Electoral Commission is investigating whether his
campaign broke spending rules.
The Brexit drama was one of several
programmes unveiled for Channel 4
by the organisation’s new director of
programmes, Ian Katz, who described
it as a “knotty, topical” drama.
The former Newsnight editor and
Guardian deputy editor said he was
committed to looking for diverse and
new voices, while “doubling down on
some of our shows which are more
popular with younger viewers”.
Other shows announced by Channel
4 yesterday include a sitcom starring
the comedian Aisling Bea, a three-part
series presented by Kathy Burke on
what it means to be a woman in 2018,
and a pilot of a late-night satirical
news programme hosted by Deborah
Frances-White.
There will also be an 11pm talkshow
hosted by Big Narstie and a reality TV
show called The Circle, in which contestants compete to become the most
popular individual on a social network
without ever actually meeting.
The channel is looking to move staff
outside London, while investing in
more regional productions, following
a deal with the government to ensure
its independence.
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▼ Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover,
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thandie
Newton in Cannes; bottom, Alden
Ehrenreich with Joonas Suotamo as
Chewbacca PHOTOGRAPH: JONATHAN OLLEY
Film review
Han Solo’s
origins
become a
boisterous
bromance
13
Solo: A Star Wars Story
★★★★☆
Peter Bradshaw
S
olo: A Star Wars Story is
a crackingly enjoyable
adventure which frankly
deserves full episode
status in the great
franchise, not just one
of these intermittent place-holding
iterations. Ron Howard was born to
direct it. Who’s next for the saga?
Zemeckis? Spielberg?
There’s a terrific ensemblecast dynamic and an effortless
channelling of the spirit of Episodes
IV to VI from father-and-son
screenwriting team Lawrence and
Jonathan Kasdan, who should really
be unleashed on the stories’ daddy
issues and Freudian anxieties.
Solo moreover has a glorious
origin-myth meet-cute to set up one
of cinema’s greatest bromances:
the stoic Wookiee Chewbacca and
the insolently handsome rebel pilot
Han Solo – and Alden Ehrenreich
absolutely crushes the role to
powder, swaggeringly reviving
the memory of the young Harrison
Ford’s romantic gallantry. And
there’s another meet-cute, come
to think of it: the love that flowers
between man and machine, between
the reckless pilot and the sleekly
iconic Millennium Falcon.
Ehrenreich’s Han is a handsome
scallywag and cute no-goodnik who
is oppressed, like everyone else, on
a tyrannised planet. He is in love
with beautiful Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke)
and they plan to bribe officials with a
Black female
stars stage
protest at
Cannes over
film racism
Thrown into a pit to
die at the hands of a
‘monster’ – Chewie –
of course Han speaks
his language
Kevin Rawlinson
Tired of being asked if they speak “African” and told they cannot play certain
parts such as lawyers, a group of leading black and mixed-race female actors
staged a red-carpet protest against racism in French film at Cannes yesterday.
The demonstration came a few days
after a protest by female Hollywood
stars and industry figures demanding
gender pay equality.
The two groups are among those
seeking to capitalise on a period of
introspection within the film and
entertainment industry that has followed the revelations about Harvey
stolen phial of an ultra-valuable fuel
crystal, coaxium, to be smuggled
out. Han makes it, Qi’ra doesn’t and
Han swears to come back and find
her someday.
A few years later he’s a brilliant
pilot who has been booted out of the
imperial fleet for insubordination,
and has made common cause with
a notorious thief, Tobias Beckett
Weinstein, as well as other leading
industry figures.
“I was moved to act by the spirit of
the times,” said Aïssa Maïga, star of the
films Bamako and the African Doctor
and a leading member of the 16-strong
group of actors that staged a protest
at the screening of the South Korean
film, Burning.
Maïga told the Agence FrancePresse news agency that quotas “could
be a possible option” for combating the
lack of black faces on screen, even if
that would spark vehement opposition in France.
The 16 performers, who published
a book entitled Being Black is Not
My Job earlier this month, were met
at the screening by Khadja Nin, the
(Woody Harrelson) who with his
associate Val (an underused Thandie
Newton) works for a terrifying crime
boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).
That’s right: the two intergalactic
male robbers are called Beckett
and Dryden. I like to think the
Kasdan screenwriting team also
experimented with Pinter and
Davenant, Stoppard and Marvell
before settling on those.
And Han also chances across a
charismatic dandyish smuggler,
gambler and flier called Lando
Calrissian, a very funny performance
from Donald Glover. It is Lando
who gives up his Millennium Falcon
to Han in a game of cards. Phoebe
Waller-Bridge has an entertaining
voice role as Spartacist droid L3-37.
Most importantly, Han has his first
encounter with the prototypical
Allied resistance against the Empire.
But wait. To his astonishment,
Han is to come face-to-face with
Qi’ra again at one of Dryden’s
parties. Of all the interplanetary
cocktail events in all the galaxy, she
had to walk into this one. There’s a
spark still, but she’s no longer the
fresh-faced girl he knew. Now she’s
a beautiful, formidable woman – and
the kept girlfriend of Dryden. Can
Han save her from this?
But the main event is of course the
meeting of Han and Chewie, at this
stage 190 years old and condemned
in this movie series to a Dorian Graytype eternal youth.
Han has been thrown by an angry
army officer into a muddy pit, there
to die at the hands of a chained
“monster” – Chewie. Of course
Han speaks the language: that
extraordinary gargling groan, that
bestial vocal fry that makes Chewie’s
voice so unmistakable. Their wacky,
staged fight is a beguiling moment
as Han fixes to break Chewie free
to become his wingman in so
many senses.
Solo: A Star Wars Story reshuffles
the accepted component-myth
parts in a way that some may find
overfamiliar: there are desert
scenes, weirdo cabaret acts. But I
found it purely lovable fun-fuelled
entertainment.
Burundian singer who is sitting on the
feature film jury at Cannes this year.
They each chose to wear dresses by
Balmain’s mixed-race designer Olivier
Rousteing, who told Vogue: “I think
we are really at a huge turning point in
every industry, whether film, or fashion, or music.
“We are living in a world where we
are trying to break from the past and
define what we want from the future.
I believe in the power of women, I
have since I was a little boy, and this
moment means a lot to me.”
In the book, the actors recount stories of the racism they have faced.
Nadège Beausson-Diagne, who
starred in France’s biggest-ever film at
the box office, Welcome to the Sticks,
said she was asked if she spoke “African” at a casting.
She said she was also told: “You
can’t play her, she’s a lawyer”; “Luckily you have fine features and you are
not negroid, not too black”; and that
“for a black, you are really very intelligent. You should have been white”.
▲ Aïssa Maïga said quotas could raise
the number of black faces on screen
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immigration enforcement team
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Visa granted to woman
after ‘distressing’ raid
Amelia Gentleman
In an unexpected U-turn, the Home
Office yesterday granted a visa to a
woman it had previously classified
as an immigration offender, 24 hours
after video footage of a distressing
dawn raid on her home was published
by the Guardian.
Zixuan Qu, 29, who submitted an
application to extend her student visa
more than four years ago, has been
granted leave to remain in Britain for
a further five years.
For the past four years, the Home
Office has been sitting on her application, and has held her passport,
preventing her from going back to
China to visit her grandparents, who
brought her up. She was forced to
cancel her wedding because she was
unable to register the marriage without a passport.
An immigration enforcement team
of about six officers visited the home
Qu shares with her fiance, Duncan
Watkinson, 37, at 5.30am on 1 May.
Immigration staff told Qu she had “no
leave to remain in the UK” and that
she had been classified as an “immigration offender”.
Qu and Watkinson believed they
were in the process of finalising Qu’s
attempts to extend her visa. They had
already paid more than £2,000 for the
Home Office “one day premium” visa
processing service appointment.
After 25 minutes the officers realised this appointment was pending,
acknowledged a mistake had been
made, and left, leaving Qu terrified
and Watkinson in tears.
Qu said she was extremely relieved
at the news her visa had been granted,
but expressed incredulity that an
application pending for such a long
time had been resolved so swiftly.
“I immediately called my grandparents in China. The first thing that
I’m going to do is book my flight to visit
them. They were crying,” Qu said. The
couple said they plan now to reschedule the wedding they were forced to
cancel last September.
Qu said there was no apology for the
distressing action nor for the four-year
delay, during which time she has not
been allowed to work or study.
Zuckerberg agrees
to meet members
of EU parliament
Jennifer Rankin
Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to appear
before the European parliament at a
closed-door meeting, possibly as soon
as next week, according to the parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani.
The Facebook founder’s decision to
meet MEPs will be seen as a snub to the
UK parliament. British MPs have asked
him to appear to explain the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica
scandal, in which the personal data
of tens of millions of people was used
without their permission.
“Our citizens deserve a full
and detailed explanation,” Tajani
announced yesterday. “I welcome
Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear
in person before the representatives of
500 million Europeans.”
Zuckerberg has faced strong criticism from British MPs for his three
refusals to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating
fake news. Potentially adding to their
frustration, the Facebook boss will
meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, next Wednesday.
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▼ Pro-independence protesters in
Barcelona march to support jailed
Catalan leaders and politicians
PHOTOGRAPH: LLUIS GENE/AFP/GETTY
Embassy curbs
on WikiLeaks
founder too
harsh, says
ex-minister
Ewen MacAskill
Assange ‘split’ Ecuador and
Spain over Catalan question
Stephanie Kirchgaessner Rome
Sam Jones Madrid
Dan Collyns Lima
Julian Assange’s intervention on
Catalan independence created a rift
between the WikiLeaks founder and
the Ecuadorian government, which
has hosted Assange for nearly six years
in its London embassy, the Guardian
has learned.
Sources who spoke on condition of
anonymity said Assange’s support for
the separatists, including a meeting
in November, led to a backlash from
Spain, which in turn caused deep concern within Ecuador’s government.
While Assange’s role in the US presidential election has been an intense
focus of American prosecutors, it is his
involvement in Spanish politics that
appears to have caused Ecuador the
most pain.
The Ecuadorians cut Assange’s
internet connection and ended his
access to visitors on 28 March, saying
he had breached an agreement at the
end of last year not to issue messages
that might interfere with other states.
Ecuador has been looking to find a
solution to what it increasingly sees as
an untenable situation: hosting one of
the world’s most wanted men.
In November 2017, Assange hosted
two supporters of the Catalan independence movement, whose push for
secession from Spain had plunged the
country into its worst political crisis
since returning to democracy. Assange
has said he supported the right to “selfdetermination” and argued against
repression from Madrid.
He was visited by Oriol Soler, a Catalan businessman and publisher, and
Arnau Grinyó, an expert in online
communications campaigns. Their
meeting, which was reported in the
Spanish press, took place a little over
a month after the unilateral Catalan
independence referendum, and 13
days after the Spanish government
responded to the unilateral declaration of independence by sacking the
administration of the then Catalan
president, Carles Puigdemont, and
assuming direct control of the region.
Assange has been a vocal critic
of Madrid’s handling of the Catalan
crisis, and has described the independence movement as “the redefinition
of the relationship between people
and state” and “the most disciplined
Gandhian project since Gandhi”.
Though Assange’s supporters deny
he explicitly supported Catalan independence, his tweets and videos on
the issue annoyed the Spanish government. A Spanish diplomat told
the Guardian that Spain “conveyed
a message” to Ecuador that Assange
was using social media to support the
secessionist movement and sending
out messages “at odds with reality”.
“Spain and Ecuador are obviously
countries that maintain a constant
and fluid dialogue in which matters
of interest to both parties, including
this issue, are raised and discussed,”
the diplomat said.
“Spain has, on a number of occasions, informed the Ecuadorian
authorities of its concerns over the
activities that Julian Assange has
engaged in while in the Ecuadorian
embassy in London.”
The source said Spain’s foreign
minister, Alfonso Dastis, had also
addressed the issue when it arose in
November, saying attempts had been
made “to intervene, manipulate and
affect what should be the natural democratic course of events in Catalonia”.
In December, Ecuador’s president,
Lenín Moreno, reminded Assange that
he should refrain from trying to intervene in Ecuadorian politics.
US intelligence agencies and
Spanish authorities have separately
claimed that Russia has had a hand
in their domestic affairs. US agencies
have accused WikiLeaks of working
with Russian intelligence to try to
disrupt the US election by releasing
▲ Julian Assange on the balcony of
the Ecuadorian embassy in London
hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s
2016 presidential campaign, and Spanish officials have suggested that much
of the messaging on social media about
the Catalan crisis originated in Russia.
Soler and Grinyó declined to comment on their meeting with Assange.
However, in a tweet written four days
after visiting the embassy, Soler said
the Catalan independence movement
sympathised with Assange, as its leaders and activists had “suffered jail,
exile, spying, censorship, injustice,
fake news and financial blockades”.
The visit, he added, had been transparent and legal.
In 2016, Assange met two members
of the Spanish anti-austerity party
Podemos, according to visitor logs
obtained by the Guardian in conjunction with the magazine Focus Ecuador.
They were Pablo Bustinduy, the foreign affairs spokesman, and Miguel
Ongil, a deputy in the Madrid regional
assembly and a funding, transparency
and anti-corruption expert. Podemos
opposed a unilateral referendum on
secession, but said it would in principle have supported an independence
referendum agreed between the Spanish and Catalan governments.
A Podemos spokesman said: “Pablo
Bustinduy visited Assange in the
embassy while on a trip to London to
take part in the pro-remain Brexit campaign. He was accompanied by Miguel
Ongil, a specialist in the fields of transparency and political participation. It
was an informal visit, during which
they discussed the issues of protecting
whistleblowers, freedom of expression and information in Europe, and
democracy on the internet. They also
inquired after his legal situation.”
This article was written in
collaboration with Fernando
Villavicencio and Cristina
Solórzano from Focus Ecuador
Ecuador ’s action against Julian
Assange in cutting his communication
with the outside world is disproportionate and irresponsible, according to
the country’s former foreign minister
Guillaume Long.
In an interview with the Guardian,
Long said the measures against the
WikiLeaks founder were not justified.
On Tuesday, the Guardian revealed
that the previous government in Ecuador had bankrolled a spy operation to
protect and support Assange in its
central London embassy. The current
Ecuadorian government, however, is
denying Assange access to the internet and has put an end to the stream
of visitors to the embassy, where he
has been since 2012, with only his legal
team now allowed in.
Assange’s supporters fear the
communications ban, imposed on
28 March, will be indefinite and
increase pressure on him to leave the
embassy. Long said: “I do not think
the measure is proportionate … And
I do not think it has been done in a
responsible manner.”
Long, who supports Assange’s right
to asylum, was the foreign minister
from March 2016 until May 2017. He
said: “We are seeing now access in
general to Julian is being restricted. I
understand it is open-ended. There is
no set date for a reconnection.”
Assange fled to the embassy in 2012,
seeking asylum amid a Swedish investigation into allegations of sex crimes,
which he denies. He has said he does
not fear the Swedish investigation,
but if he were to return to Sweden, he
would be extradited to the US.
If – or when – Assange leaves the
embassy, he is likely to face a prison
sentence in the UK for skipping bail,
with estimates of the sentence varying
from three to 12 months. If he were
extradited to the US he could be jailed
for more than 40 years over WikiLeaks’
release in 2010 of tens of thousands of
classified US documents.
Long said Ecuador’s president,
Lenín Moreno, does not look favourably on Assange’s request for asylum,
marking a shift towards Ecuador’s
return to the US sphere of influence.
He said the greatest pressure during
his time as foreign minister came not
from the US, but the UK. “The UK was
the most aggressive. I had a number
of meetings with UK representatives,
[including with Foreign Office ministers]. The meetings were difficult.
They were tense.
“There were some sort of veiled and
not so veiled threats it would affect
relations not just with the UK, but
the European Union, including when
Ecuador wanted to sign a trade deal
with the European Union … The UK
wanted us to chuck him out of the
embassy. That is pretty much what
was required of us,” he said.
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▼ Gender stereotyping in a 1930s US
ad. Evidence shows such stereotyping
can cause harm to adults and children
PHOTOGRAPH: THE ADVERTISING ARCHIVES
End of line for
‘body shame’
ads and sexist
stereotypes
MPs vote to block
inquiry into claims
of Bercow bullying
Press Association
Mark Sweney
Advertisements that perpetuate sexist
stereotypes, from men being useless
at changing nappies to women being
unable to park a car, could be banned
by the industry watchdog.
The Committee of Advertising
Practice (CAP) – which writes the codes
that advertisers must follow – wants to
rid TV, radio, billboards, newspapers
and magazines of ads that promote
harmful or offensive stereotypes.
There will be a final public consultation before a new rule is put into
practice. “Our review of the evidence
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,” said
Ella Smillie of CAP.
Ads that would probably be banned
include any “showing a man with his
feet up and family members creating
a mess around a home while a woman
cleans up the mess”.
Ads that show a man or woman
failing to achieve a task specifically
because of their gender – such as a man
unable to change nappies or a woman
unable to park – would also fall foul.
So too would so-called “bodyshaming” ads showing people with
a “physique that does not match an
ideal stereotypically associated with
their gender”.
CAP added: “The ad should
not imply that their physique is a
significant reason for them not being
successful, for example in their romantic or social lives.”
Other areas that advertisers will
need to “handle with care” include
stereotyping children, such as boys
being “daring” and girls being “caring”.
“Amid wide-ranging views about
the portrayal of gender is evidence that
certain stereotypes have the potential
to cause harm or serious offence,” said
Shahriar Coupal of CAP.
The watchdog is not looking at a
blanket ban – it will still be acceptable for ads to feature a woman doing
household chores or a man doing DIY.
An inquiry into allegations that John
Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons,
bullied members of staff has been
blocked by MPs.
The Commons standards committee voted three-two against allowing
parliament’s watchdog to investigate
the claims.
Bercow has emphatically denied
allegations that he bullied his former
private secretaries Angus Sinclair and
Kate Emms.
The Tory MP Andrew Bridgen had
asked the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Stone,
to investigate whether Bercow had
broken the MPs’ code of conduct.
Stone sought the opinion of the
standards committee – made up of
MPs and lay members from outside
parliament – whether an investigation
fell within her remit.
The five MPs who voted all agreed
she was entitled to investigate a claim
under the code of conduct, which calls
for MPs to “conduct themselves in a
manner” that will strengthen trust in
parliament and avoid bringing it into
disrepute.
However, the guide to the rules
says that the standards committee can
authorise inquiries dating back more
than seven years “only in exceptional
circumstances”.
The voting MPs on the committee split three-two to reject the
investigation, with Labour’s Bridget
Phillipson and the Conservatives’ Gary
Streeter backing it, and the Conservatives’ Sir Christopher Chope and
John Stevenson and Labour’s Kate
Green refusing to authorise Stone to
conduct the inquiry.
The committee’s Labour chairman,
Sir Kevin Barron, whose casting vote
is used only in the event of a tie, said:
“Accordingly, the commissioner has
not been authorised to carry out an
inquiry into this matter.”
He stressed that under the current
rules lay members of the committee
did not have voting rights but it was
his “personal view” that they should.
▲ John Bercow denies the allegations
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Janet Müller, a student at Brighton
University, absconded twice from a
mental health ward the day she died
NHS trust
sorry over
killing of
patient who
fled mental
health unit
Caroline Davies
A health trust has apologised
“unreservedly” for failings in the case
of a 21-year-old student whose body
was found in a burnt-out car after she
absconded from a mental health ward.
How Janet Müller, a German
national in her final year at Brighton
University, ended up in the boot
of a torched Volkswagen Jetta is a
mystery. She died from inhalation
of fire fumes within hours of going
missing. Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw,
27, was convicted of manslaughter
and imprisoned for 17 years.
Speaking publicly for the first time
about the young woman’s death,
her mother, Ramona Müller, 47, said
she blamed Sussex Partnership NHS
foundation trust for errors that led to
her “bright, intelligent and beautiful”
daughter being able to abscond from
Mill View hospital in Hove twice on
the day of her death.
It was not the first time a patient
had climbed over an 8ft garden wall
and it was a known risk, her mother
said. “It’s just the first time it ended
that badly,” said Müller, who raised
Janet and Janet’s twin sister, Selina,
in Berlin.
She had allowed her daughters to
come to the UK “because I thought it
was safe there. They wanted to do it
for their education. So, I tried my best
to make it possible for them. I raised
them on my own. And then, finally,
someone just comes along and takes
her life.”
Janet Müller, who was studying
international event management, had
no previous mental illness but became
unwell before her final exams in March
2015, and was admitted to the hospital
10 days before her death.
Her twin, who was studying at
Kent University, visited her there and
reported that she was agitated and
desperate to leave.
Her mother said she had begged
staff to allow her daughter home to
Germany, or allow her to visit or speak
to her. “I tried to call a million times, I
tried to speak to Janet.” But, she said,
she was always reassured: “Janet is
fine, she is safe, don’t worry.” She
was told her daughter could soon be
transferred to a hospital near home in
Germany. She never managed to speak
to Janet before her death.
Janet Müller first absconded from
the female-only ward on the morning
of 12 March 2015, and was found by a
farmer in a field and returned by police.
She disappeared again later that night
and is thought to have gone over the
wall, the inquest heard. CCTV footage
showed her walking in the early hours
of 13 March in Brighton. Her body was
found in the car near Ifield golf club
near Horsham in West Sussex.
When her mother, a paramedic and
schoolteacher in Berlin, learned her
daughter was missing, she flew to the
UK to search for her. She was met by
Selina. “I told her: ‘Don’t worry. We will
find her.’ And she said to me: ‘Mama.
They’ve found her. She’s dead.’”
The family have no idea how she
came to be in the car. She had been
severely beaten before being burned
alive. She had no known connections
to Jeffrey-Shaw. “There are so many
unanswered questions. Why did she
end up with him, not knowing him at
all?” her mother said.
Jeffrey-Shaw, who has previous
convictions for blackmail and
harassment, was charged and
convicted of manslaughter at Guildford crown court, but his trial yielded
no answers. He admitted setting the
car alight but claimed he did not know
the student was in the boot. He told the
court he had been involved with drug
dealers who borrowed his hire car for
a robbery that went wrong and who
ordered him to torch it.
The judge, rejecting his account,
‘I told her: “Don’t
worry. We will
find her.” And she
said to me: “Mama.
They’ve found
her. She’s dead”’
Ramona Müller
Janet Müller’s mother
said the only reason he was not guilty
of murder, “is because you did not
have the human decency to check if
the person in the boot of your car was
dead or alive”.
An inquest jury, which agreed a
verdict of unlawful killing, found
lack of communication between
healthcare staff, insufficient records
and inadequate risk assessment were
contributory, with no extra measures
taken after Müller first absconded,
and staff shortages and building works
also factors.
Müller’s mother and sister have settled with the trust after issuing a civil
claim under the Human Rights Act.
Sam Allen, the trust’s chief executive, admitted: “We failed in our duty
of care to Janet, for which I am truly
sorry.” In a public apology, she said:
“I want to give my personal assurance
that we have worked hard to address
the shortcomings identified following
Janet’s tragic, untimely death.”
Müller’s mother said it had been
“a long, hard fight” to get the trust to
admit its mistakes, but she had been
determined “to get justice for Janet, to
force them to make changes, to speak
out. Janet’s voice has to be heard,
and things should not and must not
happen again.
“For us it is too late. Nothing can
change what happened to us. Janet
will not come back. No apology,
nothing, can do that. It’s all too late,”
she said.
Charlotte Haworth Hird from
Bindmans, representing the family,
said: “The failings in Janet’s care are
depressingly familiar: inadequate risk
assessments, poor record keeping and
communication, a failure to respond
promptly to known risks, and a failure
to keep a vulnerable young woman
safe. Janet’s family have waited over
three years for the trust to recognise
and apologise for those failings
and their focus has always been on
obtaining justice for Janet, ensuring
that other patients are kept safe and
that there is a fundamental change
in the way that families are treated
following such a death.”
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Co-op to cut
food waste by
reserving
fresh items
for charities
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Rebecca Smithers
Consumer affairs correspondent
The Co-op is to end “last minute” sales
of fresh produce in order to reduce the
volume of edible food going to waste
in its stores every day.
Two hours before closing time,
the national convenience chain will
remove items that have a “use by” or
“best before” date for that day, so they
can be donated to thousands of small
community groups in time for them
to freeze or turn into meals.
Following a successful trial at 50
branches with local charities and
community groups, the new model
will gradually be rolled out across the
entire network of 2,500 outlets of the
member-owned business, potentially
creating almost 8m meals every year.
Food redistribution charities
routinely receive large volumes of
bread and other bakery items, but the
Co-op’s new scheme aims to guarantee more fresh food, including meat,
salads, fruit and vegetables, as well as
ready meals and pizza.
Co-op Food Share aims to help
groups make use of as much food as
possible and allows them to collect
from multiple stores regularly, with
flexible collection times in the 1,500
towns, villages and cities where the
retailer has outlets. Beneficiaries could
include homeless shelters, breakfast
clubs for children and luncheon clubs
for the elderly.
The initiative will be launched by
the Co-op’s chief executive, Steve Murrells, at the annual general meeting on
Saturday. “It’s unbelievable that over a
third of the food produced around the
world goes to waste,” said Murrells.
“We’re calling time on food waste and
will take products off sale earlier to
get fresh food within its use-by date
to charities in time for them to cook
or freeze”.
Laura Winningham, of the hunger
relief charity City Harvest, said:
“We’ve helped trial the scheme and
we are thrilled to see the programme
roll out across the rest of the UK. Often,
charities like ours are inundated with
bread and bakery items, but what we
desperately need, to be able to provide
people [with] nutritious hearty meals,
is a wider range of fresh produce.”
Capita put
patients at
serious
risk, says
watchdog
overall reduction in staff numbers and
expected to make a loss of £64m in the
first two years of the contract, which it
planned to recoup in later years.
Within months, poorly implemented changes in a new courier and
labelling arrangement meant that
providers struggled with the new
systems. Capita could not cope with
the resulting “significant increase” in
complaints, the report said.
Auditors said Capita closed 35 out of
38 support offices, cutting staff from
1,300 to 650.
NHS England was forced to intervene in September 2016, serving
default notices on Capita and increasing the number of staff, the report said.
Failures led to 87 women being
incorrectly notified that they were
no longer part of the cervical screening programme, auditors said, though
they added that “no actual harm has
been identified”.
The report said that patients could
potentially have been put at risk owing
to problems with the “performers
list” – a list of GPs, dentists and opticians practising in the NHS, including
whether they are suitably qualified
and have passed other relevant checks.
An NHS England spokesman said:
“While not without its difficulties, by
making this change over the past two
years the NHS has successfully saved
taxpayers £60m, as the NAO themselves confirm.”
A Capita spokesperson said the
complexity of the support services
was not fully understood when the
contract was signed.
“It has been acknowledged that performance has improved and Capita
will continue to work with all parties to
address the remaining service issues.
We have accepted accountability for
not meeting our high standards of service previously.”
Rajeev Syal
The outsourcing group Capita put
patients at risk of serious harm after
taking over the NHS’s administration
service, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.
Failures resulted in 87 women being
notified incorrectly that they were no
longer part of the cervical screening
programme and may have compromised patient safety, according to the
National Audit Office.
A report released today said patients
may also have been harmed by a failure to update the official list of 37,000
qualified GPs, dentists and opticians.
Capita’s performance and NHS
England’s decision to outsource
administration services have resulted
in continuing problems for primary
care practitioners, said the NAO.
The criticism follows last month’s
announcement that the debt-laden
firm has been forced into a £701m
cash call following concerns over its
finances. Fears over the outsourcing
sector have intensified after a report
by MPs yesterday accused Carillion’s
directors of putting their financial
rewards ahead of all other concerns.
Meg Hillier, chair of the public
accounts committee, said the report
shows parliament is right to be concerned over the health of the sector.
“Trying to slash costs by more than
a third at the same time as implementing a raft of modernisation measures
was over-ambitious, disruptive for
thousands of doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacists and potentially
put patients at risk of serious harm,”
she said.
In August 2015, NHS England
entered into a seven-year, £330m
contract with Capita for primary care
support services covering payments
to GP practices, opticians and pharmacies, pensions and changes to the
lists of qualified practitioners.
NHS England spent £90m on these
services in 2015 and aimed to reduce
its costs by 35% from the first year
of the contract. Capita proposed an
In numbers
87
Number of women wrongly notified
that they were no longer part of the
cervical screening programme
£60m
Sum saved for taxpayers by NHS
England’s change to outsourcing its
administration services to Capita
£330m
Cost of NHS England’s seven-year
contract for Capita to deliver
primary care support services
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▼ Ian Hislop with a political parody
at the British Museum; right, art
from China’s cultural revolution
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS: BRITISH MUSEUM
Dissents of history:
Banksy hoax to
feature in exhibition
of enduring satire
Banksy’s ‘cave
art’, far left, will
return to the
British Museum,
where it was
once placed as
a joke, to join a
Day of the Dead
mannequin, left,
poking fun at
Mexico’s elite.
Pictured right
are provocative
badges from the
2016 US election
campaign
Mark Brown
Arts correspondent
At the time it was somewhat embarrassing, but 13 years after Banksy
installed a hoax exhibit at the British
Museum, curators are finally seeing
the funny side.
The museum announced yesterday that it had approached the artist
to lend a piece formally known as Peckham Rock – a small “cave painting” of
a stone age hunter pushing a supermarket trolley. It was left in a gallery
by Banksy himself, along with a convincing panel of text which earnestly
explained it was from the Post-Catatonic era. It went unnoticed by staff
for at least a day, possibly a lot longer.
The rock will be part an autumn
exhibition for which Ian Hislop has
chosen over 100 objects from the
museum’s collection that have a connection to dissent or subversion.
Hislop, the editor of Private Eye,
described by the British Museum’s
chairman Sir Richard Lambert as “the
nation’s raspberry blower-in-chief”,
said it had been enormous fun.
“We are very sneery about the past;
we are very condescending about other
cultures and other times and imagine
that only we are brave enough, bright
enough or sensible enough to notice
there is something wrong with the way
we’re governed,” he said.
“The great thing about this exhibition is to show that people have always
noticed.”
The display of the Banksy piece
“proves that the British Museum can
take a joke,” said Hislop, although it
failed to amuse the collection’s custodians at the time and was sniffily
designated as “lost property”.
Tom Hockenhull, the British
Musuem curator who is working on
the show with Hislop, said: “It was the
cause of considerable embarrassment
for the museum at the time and when
Banksy asked for it back we were only
too pleased to oblige.”
Hislop said it took about 30 seconds
to say yes when the museum’s former
director Neil MacGregor came up with
the idea for the exhibition.
One of his favourite objects in
the show will be a brick dating back
to the ancient Babylonian reign of
‘I don’t think anyone
has ever been as rude
as they were about
the Prince Regent’
Ian Hislop
Guest curator
Nebuchadnezzar. All bricks had to bear
the king’s name but, amazingly, the
brickmaker wrote his own name over
the king’s before it was put in a wall.
“Is he doing this to have a laugh?”
asked Hislop. “Is he doing it for his
friends? Or is he doing it just to say:
‘Well, I can do this’?”
Included in the “hiding in plain
sight” category will be the 16th century Stonyhurst Salt, a Catholic
sacramental object masquerading
as a salt cellar at a time of religious
persecution.
The museum’s collection of 12,000
or so satirical prints offers up a particularly vicious one by James Gillray from
1792 of the Prince of Wales, morbidly
obese, picking his teeth with a fork and
surrounded by medication for venereal disease. “I don’t think anyone has
ever been as rude about anyone as they
were about the Prince Regent,” said
Hislop, wistfully.
Other objects will include an
Edwardian coin with the king’s head
defaced with the slogan “Votes for
Women” and a raffia cloth from the
Democratic Republic of Congo subverting the image of a leopard, symbol
of Zaire’s dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
Hislop said the exhibition would tell
the stories of people risking their lives
as well as people risking nothing at all.
“It is an extraordinary demonstration
of spirit from thousands of years ago
until now.”
I object: Ian Hislop’s search
for dissent, British Museum,
6 September-20 January
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The lives of
Grenfell Tower
In the fourth part of our series on the
people who lived and died in Grenfell
Tower last summer, we focus on a rising
British artist, a Moroccan family of four
and the Egyptian woman who filmed
the fire as it tore through the building
Here are their stories
Reporting team
Alexandra Topping, Harriet Sherwood,
Mark Rice-Oxley, Susanna Rustin,
Carmela Fonbuena in Manila and Ruth
Michaelson and Adham Youssef in Cairo
Khadija
Saye
Floor: 20
Age: 24
Nationality:
British
“She was
making such
powerful work,
but still saying
she didn’t have
a clue”
Mary
Mendy
Floor: 20
Age: 52
Nationality:
Gambian
“A wonderful
sister and the
best mother any
child could have
wished for”
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For Khadija Saye, Grenfell Tower was not just a home: it was the
studio where she developed her passion for art until it was close
to widespread recognition. Her work was exhibited last year at the
Venice Biennale. Born in London, Saye went to a local school, but at
16 won a full scholarship to the prestigious Rugby school.
After school, she went to the University for the Creative Arts,
where she was part of a tight-knit group of four women who lived
and created together. One of the group, Lou Johnson, describes her
as “one of the most remarkable people I have ever, and probably will
ever, meet”.
Her best friend, the photographer Charlotte Levy, recalls: “She
was just the most incredible person; she went through so much
stuff, but she always listened and was always there for you. She was
making such powerful work, but still saying she didn’t have a clue.
She was such a beautiful person. She lit up a room.”
Mary Mendy was born in the Gambia in the mid-1960s when it was
newly independent, but her future lay 2,500 miles to the north. She
came to Britain as a young woman in the late 1970s, joining family
who had already made the move, and completed her studies before
taking up a number of different jobs, working in the care sector.
She moved away from London for a period after her marriage
and the birth of her only child, Khadija Saye. But about 10 years ago
she and her daughter moved into Grenfell Tower after securing an
apartment on the 20th floor.
“Mary was a wonderful lady,” said her cousin Clarrie Mendy. “She
had many jobs: she worked with underprivileged people, she was a
person of the church, she was a carer.”
In a separate statement her family paid tribute, saying: “You were
a wonderful sister, an incredible aunt, the best mother any child
could have wished for.”
▼ Gary Maunders
Floor: Non-resident
Age: 57
Nationality: British
“You couldn’t be sad around him. If
you were, he’d make you laugh”
Gary Maunders, a painter-decorator
from west London, was a father of
four who relished the limelight.
“He could talk,” Tammy Maunders
recalls of her older brother. “He had
so many stories to tell.”
As a young man and a keen
footballer, Maunders had trials with
Arsenal football club; but family
members said other distractions got
in the way of his sporting ambitions.
Maunders, 57, did not leave home
until he was in his early 40s, playing
a very active role in the early lives of
his two nieces, Channel and Kenita
Spence, who were brought up in the
family home.
“He was fun to be around – a real
Peter Pan,” says Channel, recalling
his fondness for Manchester United
and the soul tunes of Marvin Gaye.
She remembers how he would take
her out to the football pitch outside
their house and pass on a few tips.
“We grew up around him,”
Channel says. “He had a heart of
gold. He was the life and soul – when
he entered a room he was the centre
of attention. You couldn’t be sad
around him. And if you were he’d
make you laugh,” Kenita adds.
Maunders was one of the few
Grenfell victims who did not live in
the tower; he was visiting a friend
on the night of the fire, and died on
the 23rd floor. But he was as rooted
in the area as anyone and, apart from
a few family holidays in Spain and
Mexico, spent his entire life in and
around the North Kensington area.
In his latter years, he liked to pass
on words of wisdom to the younger
generation. “He was old school,”
says Channel. “He loved to pass on
his knowledge. He would encourage
children not to go down the same
path he did. He was a massive part of
our lives. We feel his absence. He is
so missed.”
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‘He was fun to be around – a real Peter Pan. He had
a heart of gold. He was the life and soul – when he
entered a room he was the centre of attention’
Channel Spence on her uncle, Gary Maunders
▼ Farah Hamdan with Leena Belkadi
▼ Anthony Disson
▲ Deborah Lamprell
Floor: 16
Age: 45
Nationality: British
“She knew everyone; all the singers
knew her, all the orchestra knew her”
Deborah Lamprell almost always
arrived early for her job as part of
the front-of-house team at Opera
Holland Park. “I’d come past around
4.30pm or 4.45pm, and Debbie was
always the first person I saw every
day – even though her start time was
5.30pm,” says Michael Volpe, OHP’s
general director.
“She knew everyone; all the
singers knew her, all the orchestra
knew her. Everyone loved her
because she was so chirpy, and she
remembered things. She’d ask after
someone’s mum, or their children.”
Lamprell, 45, lived alone on
the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower.
She had previously worked at
various embassies in London and at
Kensington police station.
“Debbie knew nothing about
opera when she joined us, but she
grew to absolutely love it,” Volpe
recalled. “She must have listened
to hundreds of performances
in her time here. She used to sit
on a particular bench and watch
the show. In her role she met a
kaleidoscope of people, but was
exactly the same with everyone.
She didn’t adapt herself to fit in with
others.”
Lamprell was very close to her
mother, says Volpe. “She rang her
every day, saw her lots and texted
her after work. Her father died a few
years ago, and Debbie was an only
child, so she looked after her mum.”
In a statement, her mother,
who asked not to be named, said
Debbie was a “wonderful, precious
daughter, always smiling and
helping others”.
Her funeral was attended by
former school friends, says Volpe.
“Debbie was still close to people she
grew up with; they’d stayed friends.
She was just an incredibly nice
person.”
▼ Ligaya Moore
Floor: 22
Age: 65
Nationality: British
“Sports fan and great-grandfather
who was always the life of the party”
Floor: 21
Age: 78
Nationality: Filipino
“Even when she was older, she loved
to wear make-up and high heels”
When Lee Disson remembers his
father, he recalls a smartly dressed
man stepping into a Jaguar, or
perhaps a Triumph Stag, invariably
on his way to a football match,
boxing contest or perhaps a party.
Football, boxing, family, kids:
Tony Disson was west London
through and through. Sociable,
well known and with a touch of the
lovable rogue about him, Disson was
born in Kensington and raised two
families in west London.
For the last 10 years of his life, he
lived in a small apartment at the top
of Grenfell Tower.
A great-grandfather by the time
he died at 65, Disson had worked as a
refuse collector for the council, and
latterly in car-breaking and scrap
metal. But he worked to live; and
life was his beloved Fulham football
club, the horses that he stabled
under the Westway flyover, his four
sons, and his social life.
“He was a party man, definitely a
party man,” Lee recalls. But he was
also a good father, he adds. “I had a
very happy childhood.”
Disson would ferry his lads
around from one sporting event to
another. He ran junior football teams
and was a driving force behind a
local boxing club. “He took us all
boxing,” recalls Lee.
When Tony’s second marriage
broke down, he moved into a
council flat on the 22nd floor of
Grenfell Tower. By then, he had
osteochondromas, a bone
condition.
In a statement, the family said:
“Tony was the most generous person
you could ever meet. He didn’t have
much but would always be there to
help people. He had a great sense of
humour, especially in the face of the
practical jokes the boys would play
on him.”
He is survived by four sons,
six grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren.
From an early age, Ligaya Moore
wanted to work abroad. As a young
woman in her native Manila she
would genuflect in church in front
of the Black Nazarene, a statue
depicting a dark-skinned Jesus
Christ, pleading for an opportunity.
“It was always her dream,” her
younger sister Estelita Griego recalls.
“She prayed for it fervently.”
Moore was 33 when a niece
working as chambermaid in London
invited her to come to work for a
family, taking care of their three
children. She arrived in London in
June 1972 and fell in love with the
city. She wrote back to her family to
say how it made her feel so “posh”.
“She loved the children and took
care of them like her own,” says her
older sister, Zenaida Purificación.
“We were always happy, too, when
she sent money to our mother. It
meant a lot.”
The children were grownups
when Moore left for another job at a
teahouse. This was where she met
her husband, James Moore, a retired
British soldier. “She said James was
always at the teahouse and kept
ordering from her and from her
alone,” says Purificación.
After her husband died of cancer,
Moore lived alone at their flat on the
21st floor of Grenfell Tower. With its
view of the city, it was a building she
loved and boasted about to friends
and family back in the Philippines.
In 2012, aged 73, Moore returned
to Manila for the first time for a
family reunion. “She was so pretty.
Even in her age, she loved to put on
makeup and wear high heels,” says
Purificación.
She doted on her neighbours’
children and on her great-nieces and
-nephews back home. She loved to
dance – she was an Elvis fan – and
she loved to cook.
Her remains were returned to
Manila, to be buried alongside those
of her parents.
▲ Farah Hamdan
Floor: 20
Age: 31
Nationality: British-Moroccan
“Quiet, confident and happy to give
and take a joke”
Farah Hamdan lived on the 20th
floor of Grenfell Tower with her
husband, Omar Belkadi, and three
daughters, two of whom, Leena and
Malak, died in the fire.
Hamdan, who was born and
raised in north Kensington, and of
Moroccan descent, had worked at a
nursery in Queen’s Park, north-west
London, where she was described
as easygoing: quiet, confident and
happy to give and take a joke.
Little more is known about her
life. A family member said they
were still too grief-stricken to speak
about their loss. Her daughter
Tasnim, five at the time of the fire,
was the only family member to
survive.
▲ Leena Belkadi
Floor: 20
Age: Six months
Nationality: British
Leena Belkadi was one of the
youngest victims of the Grenfell
Tower fire, aged six months to the
day when she died. She had two
older sisters, Malak, eight, who also
died, and Tasnim, who survived.
Omar
Belkadi
Floor: 20
Age: 32
Nationality:
British-Moroccan
“His final
journey was back to Morocco,
where he was buried”
Omar Belkadi was a BritishMoroccan father of three, who
moved to Britain as a young man
from the Moroccan coastal town of
Larache. Belkadi, who was 32 when
he died, was returned home for
burial. Little more is known of him.
His family did not wish to speak
further about his life.
Malak
Belkadi
Floor: 20
Age: 8
Nationality:
British
Malak Belkadi, who was eight, was
the eldest of three daughters of
Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi.
She was taken to hospital on the
night of the Grenfell Tower fire,
but died from the effects of smoke
inhalation two days later.
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‘Fethia was like a mother to her classmates –
a leading character. She would make sure they
stayed calm while away from her families’
Fethia Hassan’s aunt
▲ Rania Ibrahim
▼ Khadija Khalloufi
Floor: 23
Age: 30
Nationality: Egyptian
“She was elegant, and cared for
herself – and for other people”
Floor: 17
Age: 52
Nationality: Moroccan
“An upbeat soul, quick to laugh and
easy to befriend”
Originally from Aswan in southern
Egypt, Rania Ibrahim was the
youngest of five girls. She settled
in Britain in 2009 after meeting her
husband, Hassan, and they had two
daughters.
“Rania did everything so fast, it’s
as though she knew she was leaving
life early,” says her sister Rasha
Ibrahim. “She loved making food
and sharing it with her neighbours.
She loved life.”
A former law student with a
fondness for swimming and horse
riding, the 30-year-old, who lived
in a flat on the 23rd floor of Grenfell
tower, was a respected member of
the local Muslim community who
was committed to her faith.
“She was the perfect example of
a Muslim woman living in a nonMuslim country,” her sister told
the Guardian in Cairo. “She was
elegant, and cared for herself – and
for other people.”
Ibrahim is most remembered
by her family for her boundless
positivity and sense of humour.
“We loved to eat together, but it was
always combined with a laugh,”
her sister recalls. “We used to do
crazy things together. I remember
she was making pizza when I was
with her once, and I got some flour
and threw it on her. She was angry
at first, but then she threw it at me
– and then we ended up throwing it
on everybody, including her kids.
Our mother screamed at us!”
Ibrahim enjoyed documenting
her life in London on social media,
livestreaming family outings and
funny moments. “She loved taking
videos – lots of them,” her sister
says.
In the final video she posted,
Ibrahim captured the view from her
apartment window as she prayed.
Her sister watched the fire that
caused her sibling’s death via a live
stream in Cairo. “She called me, and
she was calm. She insisted she was
OK. But then I saw the live stream
on TV, and I knew she wouldn’t
make it.”
Rasha Ibrahim says her sister had
a dream about the tower a month
before the fire: “She dreamt that
her parents were on different levels
of the building. She heard them
asking her to go to a higher floor.
She believed this meant she will be
in a higher place in heaven. Then
she laughed.”
Khadija Khalloufi was a Moroccan
national who lived on the 17th floor
of Grenfell Tower with her husband,
Sabah Abdullah. They met nearly
30 years ago in west London when
Khalloufi was a student in a business
studies class taught by Abdullah, a
lecturer.
A clearly bereft Abdullah, who
survived the fire but lost contact
with his wife during a terrifying
exit from the building, described
Khalloufi as a friendly, upbeat soul,
quick to laugh and easy to befriend.
Khalloufi, who is also survived by
a stepson, was returned to her native
Morocco for burial. The family did
not wish to say more about her life.
▲ Victoria King and
Alexandra Atala
▲ A poster released in the wake of the Grenfell fire seeking information about
Rania Ibrahim and daughters Fethia Hassan, five, and Hania Hassan, three
▲ Hania Hassan
▲ Fethia Hassan
Floor: 23
Age: 3
Nationality: British
“She was our little duck. She liked to
draw, and play with colours”
Floor: 23
Age: Five
Nationality: British
“In kindergarten she was like a
mother to her classmates”
Hania Hassan was one of the
youngest victims of the Grenfell
Tower fire. A chubby-faced smiling
child in pictures, the three-year-old
was frequently shown hugging her
five-year-old sister, Fethia.
“Hania was like me and her
mother – she liked food,” says Rasha
Ibrahim, her aunt, who likened
Hania to a “little duck” – one who
babbled, but spoke little. “She liked
to draw, and to play with colours.”
Rasha Ibrahim says her niece
enjoyed meals of pizzas and burgers
as much as traditional Egyptian
food. “The October before she died,
they threw Hania a big birthday
party,” she says. “Everyone was so
happy. They made tons of food.”
Hania’s father, Hassan Hassan,
was in Cairo owing to his brother’s ill
health when he watched footage his
wife posted online showing that the
tower had caught fire.
Hania’s mother had disliked
living on the 23rd floor of Grenfell
Tower, her sister said. “She didn’t
like staying there. Before the family
lived there, they had a temporary
residence in a flat at the mosque.
Rania went every couple of days to
put some furniture in their Grenfell
flat, but it took her ages to finish it.”
Fethia Hassan was born in 2012 to
Rania Ibrahim and Hassan Hassan, a
Sudanese-British national. “She had
been sad in the last six months as her
father was away,” said Fethia’s aunt,
Rasha Ibrahim. Many times, Fethia
told Rasha that there were lots of
things she wanted to tell her father.
Fethia was a soft-spoken but
sociable child, and had a close
relationship with her younger sister,
Hania, three, and her cousin Moaz.
“In kindergarten, Fethia was like a
mother to her classmates,” her aunt
said. “She was a leading character.
She would care for her classmates,
making sure they ate and stayed
calm while away from their families
during the day. She liked other
children.”
Perhaps because of her warm
relationships with the other children
at Golborne and Maxilla children’s
centre in west London, Fethia
wanted to be a teacher when she
grew up.
Fethia’s family had moved to
Grenfell Tower just over a year
before the fire. She would later be
commemorated at the al-Manaar
mosque in west London where a
funeral was held last September for
Fethia, Hania and Rania.
Floor: 20
Ages: 71 and 40
Nationality: British
“They were devoted to one another”
Abdeslam Sebbar
Floor: 11
Age: 77
Nationality: Moroccan
“Part of west London’s sizeable
Moroccan community”
Abdeslam Sebbar was among
the oldest victims of the fire and
one of 11 people with Moroccan
connections who died in Grenfell
Tower.
Sebbar lived in a flat on the 11th
floor, but little more is known about
his life and attempts to contact
people who knew him have been
unsuccessful.
Victoria King was one of the last
victims of the fire to be identified.
She was a long-term Grenfell Tower
resident who lived on the 20th floor
with her daughter, Alexandra Atala.
Little more is known about their
lives. Victoria’s family could not be
contacted for more information.
They issued the following statement
after the 71-year-old’s remains were
identified in November:
“Some comfort can come from the
knowledge that she and Alexandra
were devoted to one another and
spent so many mutually supportive
years together. They died at each
other’s side and now they can rest
together in peace. We will remember
them always.”
Tomorrow
“She was the kind of
person who people feel
grateful to have known”
‘She called me and she was calm.
She insisted she was OK but then
I saw the live stream on TV and I
knew she would not make it’
Rania Ibrahim’s sister
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Dam could ‘literally kill’ the
Mekong river, report claims
Tom Fawthrop
Kratie
A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally
kill” the Mekong river, according to a
confidential assessment seen by the
Guardian which says that the proposed
site at Sambor is the “worst possible
place” for hydropower.
The report, which was commissioned by the government in Phnom
Penh, has been kept secret since it
was submitted last year, prompting
concerns that ministers are inclined
to push ahead regardless of the dire
impact it predicts on river dolphins
and one of the world’s largest migrations of freshwater fish.
The proposed hydropower plant
would require a 33km-wide concrete
barrier across the river at Sambor,
Kratie province. This quiet rural
district is best known as a place for
watching Irrawaddy dolphins, whose
critically low numbers have just shown
South
China Sea
Mekong
river
Laos
Don Sahong
Controversial
dam under
construction
Operational
Lower Sesan 2
Cambodia
Vietnam
Phnom
Penh
Gulf of
Thailand
Sambor
Proposed site
is ‘worst
possible place’
for hydropower
200 km
200 miles
Source: International Rivers
their first increase in 20 years.
To examine the environmental
impact of the dam and the 82km-long
reservoir that would form behind it,
the Cambodian government commissioned the National Heritage Institute,
a US-based research and consultancy
firm, to undertake a three-year study in
2014. But it has refused to make public
the results of the Sambor Hydropower
Dam Alternatives Assessment, despite
numerous appeals from civil society
organisations. A copy has now been
leaked to the Guardian.
In its most significant findings the
report notes: “The impact on fisheries
would be devastating as it would block
fish migration from the Tonle Sap
(Cambodia’s Great Lake), a vital tributary to the Mekong and the spawning
grounds upstream.”
The Mekong is the world’s most productive inland fishery, sustaining the
food security of 60 million people.
The Mekong River Commission puts
the value of wild-capture fish at $11bn
(£8bn) a year, shared between the four
member states of Cambodia, Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam.
Eighty per cent of Cambodians
count on fish as their main source of
protein. It is also a potential gamechanger for other species in the
Mekong’s ecosystem.
Marc Goichot, water resources
specialist at WWF, said: “After 15 years
WWF and our Cambodian partners are
finally winning the battle to conserve
Mekong dolphins with 15 new calves
born since 2015.
“A Sambor dam would ruin all those
efforts. Together with the plight of
the dolphins, fisheries, livelihoods
and nutrition of rural communities
would all suffer, as well as precipitating the sinking of the Mekong delta in
Vietnam.”
The plan for the dam dates back
to a memorandum of understanding
signed with China Southern Power
Grid in 2006. Widespread opposition prompted the Chinese investor
to withdrew from the project in 2008.
The country’s chronic energy shortage, high prices and its 50% import
dependency prompted the government to revive the Sambor project in
2016, after Laos had already launched
two controversial dams upstream – the
Xayaburi and the Don Sahong dams.
In the executive summary, the
report declares “a dam at this site could
literally kill the river, unless sited,
▲ Fishing on the Mekong river in
Kratie province, where the proposed
hydropower plant would be sited
PHOTOGRAPH: EITAN SIMANOR/ALAMY
designed and operated sustainably.
The Sambor reach is the worst possible place to build a major dam.”
Cambodia’s deputy minister of
energy, Ith Praing , said: “It is a very
sensitive issue and too early to publish
any kind of information on Sambor.”
The project’s director, Gregory
Thomas , said: “Even the most
advanced mitigation measures still
pose high risks. There is no evidence
that any large dam on a tropical river
has ever been successful in the use of
the latest fish mitigation technology.”
In place of a new dam, the study recommends integrating floating solar
panels into the already operational
Lower Sesan 2 dam, and operating the
reservoir as a single integrated hybrid
facility. Power capacity would be doubled to more than 800MW.
This technique of augmenting existing hydropower facilities with solar
plants has been widely developed
in China and India. According to the
report, “solar energy is the only option
with a positive net economic benefit
after all costs and benefits are taken
into account”.
Praing said no decision would be
taken until after July’s election.
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Japanese distiller
running out of whisky
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Emails show efforts
to spin Trump Jr’s
talks with Russians
New York
Trump Organization lawyers collaborated with those attending a notorious
2016 meeting at Trump Tower between
Donald Trump Jr and Russians on what
to tell the press about the discussions,
it emerged yesterday.
Donald Trump Jr had agreed to the
meeting after being told he would be
given damaging information from the
Russian government about Hillary
Clinton.
A lawyer for the Trump family’s
company urged the publicist in an
email to endorse Trump Jr’s version
of events on the meeting, that it was
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a “waste of time”, and said it “would
be our preference” if he did not say
anything else in response to inquiries.
The lawyer, Alan Futerfas, directly
contacted two Russians involved in
the meeting shortly before its existence was made public in the media,
according to copies of emails released
by Congress.
Another email showed that the
incoming White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci,
told the same publicist, Rob Goldstone, it was important “we remain
consistent and united” in the face of
public pressure about the meeting.
The emails were among 2,500 documents released yesterday by the
Senate judiciary committee, which has
been investigating possible collusion
between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
Trump Jr, along with Trump’s sonin-law Jared Kushner and the 2016
presidential campaign chairman
Paul Manafort, met a group including
Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlinconnected lawyer, at Trump Tower
in New York in June 2016.
The meeting is a crucial flashpoint
for investigations into alleged collusion between Trump’s team and
Russian interference in the election.
The proposed statement about the
meeting was sent by Futerfas to Goldstone, a British publicist who arranged
the meeting on behalf of his Russian
clients. The date of the email was not
clear from the records.
“Please consider the following as
a statement,” Futerfas said to Goldstone. “Please note that there will
always be potential follow-up questions to any statement, but if you feel
comfortable with this statement and
are comfortable saying nothing more,
at least for the time being, that would
be our preference. Again, any statement should be accurate as to your
very best recollection.”
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The statement issued supported
Trump Jr’s account of the meeting
as a “complete waste of time” which
had focused on policy issues such
as economic sanctions and a ban on
Americans adopting Russian children.
In a statement yesterday, Democratic senators on the judiciary
committee said the records showed
Trump’s team was left “frustrated and
angry” that the meeting did not produce enough damaging information
about Clinton. “Their efforts to conceal the meeting and its true purpose
are consistent with a larger pattern of
false statements,” they said.
Another email released yesterday
showed that on 23 July Scaramucci
Donald Trump Jr met with Russians
linked to Vladimir Putin in June 2016
emailed Goldstone with encouraging
remarks amid a storm over the Trump
Tower meeting.
“Obviously there is still pressure on
all sides, but if we remain consistent
and united I don’t envisage any issues
we can’t ride out,” wrote Scaramucci,
who was fired by Trump a week later.
Goldstone was working as a publicist for Emin Agalarov, a Russian
singer, whose father, Aras Agalarov,
is a Russian property developer on
good terms with Vladimir Putin. Goldstone emailed Trump Jr, purportedly
on behalf of Emin Agalarov, to arrange
the meeting at Trump Tower, saying
that his clients had information on
Clinton from the Russian government.
The records also show that Goldstone offered to arrange a meeting
between Trump and Putin less than
six weeks into Trump’s presidential
campaign. There was no indication
the offer was accepted.
The transcripts also show that
Trump Jr told the committee that he
couldn’t remember whether he had
discussed the Russia investigation
with his father.
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rights body to
hold session on
Gaza killings
Peter Beaumont and agencies
The UN’s top human rights body will
hold a special session to discuss “the
deteriorating situation in the occupied
Palestinian territories” after the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli troops
at mass border protests on Monday.
The meeting came as the office
of the prosecutor of the world’s permanent war crimes court expressed
“grave concern” about escalating violence in Gaza and said alleged crimes
could be subject to an investigation.
“Any new alleged crime committed
in the context of the situation in Palestine may be subjected to the office’s
legal scrutiny,” a statement said. “This
applies to the events of 14 May 2018
and to any future incident.”
Dozens of Palestinians were killed
by Israeli gunfire during protests on
Monday, the day the US relocated its
Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Yesterday a senior Hamas official, Salah
Bardawil, claimed 50 were members
of the organisation.
The Palestinian foreign ministry said yesterday it was recalling its
ambassadors to Romania, the Czech
Republic, Hungary and Austria to
protest against their participation in
a party held by Israel to celebrating the
embassy opening. The EU objected to
the embassy move, but the four countries broke with policy to attend.
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Beware bad habits, nuns warned The Vatican has advised cloistered nuns not to overindulge in
social media to avoid sullying their contemplative world with “noise, news and words”. In a document
published by the Vatican’s office for religious life, nuns were told that while they were allowed to use
Facebook or Twitter and read online news, they should do so “with discretion and sobriety”. Nuns should
also pay close attention to “online content and the type and quantity of information”, it added. In late
April a group of nuns in Spain published protests on Facebook after a court acquitted five men accused
of the gang rape of a teenager during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016 and instead found them
guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. The post by the sisters of Hondarribia attracted 14,000 ‘likes’.
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A woman reads in the park as an
outdoor yoga class goes on around her
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World
Writers Coetzee and
Sebold call on Beijing
to free poet Liu Xia
Alison Flood
JM Coetzee, Alice Sebold, Paul Auster
and Khaled Hosseini are among dozens of leading writers issuing an urgent
call for the Chinese poet and artist Liu
Xia to be freed after almost a decade
under house arrest.
Liu, 50, has been under house arrest
since her late husband, the human
rights activist Liu Xiaobo, was given
the Nobel peace prize in 2010. Chinese
authorities insist Liu “enjoys all freedoms in accordance with the law”, but
supporters say her movements have
been severely restricted and that she
lives under constant surveillance.
Liu Xiaobo, who championed
non-violent resistance as a way of
overcoming “forceful tyranny” in
China, died of liver cancer in 2017 at
the age of 61 after spending almost a
quarter of his life in prison.
Last month, in a phone conversation with a friend, the exiled writer
Liao Yiwu, Liu said she was ready to
die. “If I can’t leave, I’ll die in my home.
Xiaobo is gone, and there’s nothing in
the world for me now. It’s easier to die
than live. Using death to defy could not
be any simpler for me … If I’m dead,
it’ll all be done with.”
Liao posted a recording of the conversation online, on which Liu is heard
crying for minutes at a time. In the
recording, Liao plays Dona, Dona, a
Yiddish song released during the second world war about a calf being led
to slaughter.
Activists have repeatedly called for
the release of Liu, who has never been
accused or convicted of any crime.
Now, big-name writers such as Auster and the Nobel laureate Coetzee
– alongside Sebold, who wrote The
Lovely Bones, Hosseini, who wrote
The Kite Runner, novelist Michael Chabon, Rita Dove, the Pulitzer-winning
poet, and Hu Ping, the Chinese author
– have made a public display of solidarity with the imprisoned writer.
Reading excerpts from Liu’s poetry
in a video made for Amnesty International, the authors call for the lifting
of all restrictions on her movements.
“Artists who are free to speak must
do so on behalf of other artists whose
voices are being stifled,” said Hosseini.
‘Artists free to speak
must do so for others
who are being stifled’
Khaled Hosseini
Author, The Kite Runner
Suzanne Nossel, chief executive of
PEN America, the US arm of the international writers’ association, said that
the Chinese government’s claim that
Liu “enjoys all freedoms in accordance
with the law” was hollow.
“As efforts to allow [her] to travel
abroad for medical treatment stall,
literary and human rights communities renew and amplify their call to
release a poet who has been accused
of no crime,” said Nossel.
“We are proud to stand with Liu
Xia’s literary peers to celebrate her
work and challenge the Chinese government’s relentless campaign to
erase her voice.”
Amnesty International’s East Asia
campaigns director, Lisa Tassi, called
the Chinese government’s “efforts to
silence” Liu “despicably cruel”, adding: “Liu Xia’s poetry inspires so many
who are now united in calling for her
to be free.”
Germany and the US have both
called on China to remove restrictions
on Liu and allow her to leave the country. But activists say the authorities are
likely to keep her silenced to prevent
her from becoming a symbol or rallying point for other dissidents.
Kami Rita, 48,
a veteran Sherpa
guide, scaled the
world’s highest
mountain for
the 22nd time
yesterday
Also yesterday,
Lakpa Sherpa,
below left, the
world’s most
successful female
Everest climber,
made her ninth
successful ascent
of the peak
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Sherpa climbs Everest a record
22 times – and plans three more
Associated Press
Kathmandu
A veteran Sherpa guide has scaled
Mount Everest for the 22nd time,
setting a record for the most climbs
of the world’s highest mountain.
Kami Rita reached the summit
yesterday morning with a team of
foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa
guide, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a
government official who is stationed
at the base camp.
Lakpa Sherpa, the world’s most
successful female Everest climber,
also made her ninth climb to the top
of the mountain yesterday, breaking
her own record.
Rita, 48, was among three men who
had jointly held the previous record
of 21 successful ascents of the 8,848
metre peak.
Before leaving for the mountain
last month, he told Associated Press
he wanted to scale Everest at least
25 times. His father was among the
first professional guides after Nepal
opened to foreign trekkers and mountaineers in 1950, while his brother has
scaled Everest 17 times. Most of his
male relatives have reached the top
at least once.
Rita first scaled Everest at 24 and
has made the trip almost every year
since. He has also climbed many of the
region’s other high peaks, including
K2, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.
In the autumn, he guides clients to
smaller peaks in Nepal.
Dozens of climbers were expected
to reach the summit yesterday, taking
advantage of the good weather on the
mountain, according to Shrestha. More than 340 foreign climbers,
along with several of their local guides, are attempting to climb Everest this month.
▲ Didi’s logo. The firm is under fire
after a passenger was murdered
PHOTOGRAPH: REUTERS
Women using
Chinese taxi
app adopt male
IDs for safety
Lily Kuo
Women using China’s largest ride-hailing platform are changing their profile
photos after the death of a female
passenger and revelations that drivers have been reviewing female users
based on their appearance.
Last week the Chinese technology
company Didi Chuxing apologised and
closed its ride-sharing service, Hitch,
after a 21-year-old woman was found
dead, half naked and with more than
20 stab wounds, in the central Chinese
city of Zhengzhou. Police suspected
her driver – a 27-year-old man whose
body was found in a river in the same
city at the weekend. Didi said the man
had stolen his father’s profile to use
the Hitch app.
On the popular microblogging
platform Weibo, women have begun
posting new profile photos that range
from pictures of male relatives and
stock photos found online to images
of Thanos, a villain in Marvel’s Avengers series. Many have changed their
listed gender to male.
Hitch, an inexpensive carpooling
app, is one of Didi’s most used services.
A 20-year-old university student in
Sichuan, identified only by the name
Wang, said her mother had asked that
she change her picture. Wang’s profile, previously a photo of her standing
demurely by the word “Gal” painted
on a wall, now features a heavily tattooed young man. Most of her friends
have changed their profile images too.
Others have been advised by their parents to take self-defence classes.
Chinese media have reported that
a little-known function on the ridesharing app allowed drivers to leave
comments visible to other drivers about passengers. Tags for some
women include descriptions like “goddess” or “natural beauty”. One driver
reviewed a female passenger as “long
legged and hot as hell”, according
to Caixin, a Chinese financial news
publication.
The incident reflects persistent
sexism toward female commuters in
China’s cities. In a leaflet including an
image of a woman in high heels and
rolling a small suitcase while hailing
a cab, authorities advise women not
to take a car late at night to remote or
unfamiliar places, or alone. The ad also
advises women not to “chat too much”
with drivers.
Additional reporting Wang Xueying
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▼ Footballers from west Africa
training at a ground in Naya Bazaar
in central Kathmandu, Nepal
PHOTOGRAPH: PETE PATTISSON
Shattered
dreams
Agents sell
Africans
a Premier
League lie
Pete Pattisson
L
ike thousands of
football-mad teenagers
in Mali, Aboubacar
Sidibé dreamed of one
day playing for Chelsea.
So when a manager
approached him with the promise
of a contract with a club in India
– a launchpad, he was told, to the
European clubs – he jumped at
the chance.
It did not matter that he was
just 17. Or that he had to pay the
manager more than £2,700. It
seemed a price worth paying to
kickstart his football career.
Weeks later, Sidibé was indeed
playing football abroad, but he
was no closer to Stamford Bridge.
Instead, he found himself kicking a
torn football around a dusty pitch
in a country he had never heard of
before: Nepal.
“When I arrived it was not at all
what the manager had told me …
Every time I get in touch with him
he says it’ll be OK. But it will not
be OK. I hate him. He cheated me,”
says Sidibé.
Ranked 162 out of 207 nations by
Fifa, Nepal is an unlikely destination
for aspiring footballers. But it does
have an entry policy that allows
visitors from almost any country to
get a visa on arrival.
And so they come: a small but
steady stream of young men from
west Africa, hoping this will be
the first step on the road to
football stardom.
They follow an exodus of tens
of thousands of African players,
often teenagers like Sidibé, chasing
their footballing dreams to the most
remote corners of the world.
In 2017, more than 100 people
from Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina
Faso, Guinea, Benin and Togo
entered Nepal. Some paid their
own way, but many shelled out
thousands of dollars to a shady
network of “agents” in both
Africa and Nepal.
They were promised the chance
to play in Nepal’s football league,
an offer that comes with a club,
contract and work permit. On
arrival, however, they learned they
had been sold a lie.
Football in Nepal has been
almost completely on hold for the
past three years; first interrupted
by the 2015 earthquake, when the
national stadium was damaged,
and then repeatedly postponed
by mismanagement and a dispute
between different factions of the All
Nepal Football Association (Anfa).
“We are totally aware that
[Africans are coming here]. If
Nepali clubs invite foreigners they
must follow the rules; issue an
international transfer certificate and
arrange a valid visa,” says Indra Man
Tuladhar, general secretary of Anfa.
But most of the Africans in Nepal
have no invitation and no club.
As the months slipped by, Sidibé
gave up going to football practice.
‘Nepali agents want
£185 for a place in the
team. If you don’t
pay, you don’t play’
Leo Mballa
Player from Cameroon
Instead, he whiled away his days
watching Premier League games on
his phone in a cold basement flat on
the outskirts of Kathmandu.
“I had never heard of Nepal
before I came here. It’s a country for
tourists. It’s not a place to come and
earn a living,” says Sidibé, sitting on
a foam mat that doubles as his bed.
Without a contract and regular
league games, many of the young
Africans are struggling to make ends
meet. Anything they do earn goes on
food, rent and extending their visas.
“I was earning more in Mali than I
earn now … I’m trying to get out and
play in another country,” says Sidibé.
But that is difficult. Like almost
all the west African footballers in
Nepal, Sidibé bought a one-way
plane ticket. Without the money
to survive in the country, or to
buy a flight home, he is trapped.
“I have to pay back my debt. I’m
so demoralised … We don’t have
enough to eat. At night, we lie down
but we don’t sleep.”
Sidibé shares the flat with five
other west African footballers.
There is no furniture, so they sit on
the concrete floor or on upturned
buckets. Kande Sidibé, another
young Malian who paid thousands of
dollars to the same manager, seems
to express everyone’s mood. “I
really regret coming here … I’ve only
played four or five matches in five
months … We are suffering here. It’s
very difficult.”
The group only comes to life when
they talk about football. An excited
argument breaks out over who will
win the World Cup. Most are putting
their bets on Germany or Brazil. No
one thinks England stands a chance.
“Our dream is to play with
big teams in Europe,” says Die
Lekpahisaira from Ivory Coast.
“European managers come to Asia to
scout for talent, so we come here to
get exposure … if they see we have
talent, they will tell others.”
While they wait to be spotted, the
only way they can earn anything is
to travel the country playing in small
knockout tournaments for as little as
▲ Teenagers have little food and often can’t sleep after being paid only £18 a match in Nepal PHOTOGRAPHS: PETE PATTISSON
£18 a match. It’s a gruelling routine.
“You finish a match at 6pm, get on
a night bus to the other side of the
country, and are expected to play
again at 3pm … And if you lose in the
first round you are out, so we pray
we win the first match,” says Leo
Mballa, a footballer from Cameroon
who lives in a small room on the
other side of Kathmandu.
The only thing worse than playing
in the tournaments is not playing.
To get a game, the Africans typically
need an introduction from a Nepali,
for which they have to pay. Mballa
says Nepali “agents” demand up to
£185 to find them a place in a team.
“If you don’t pay, you don’t play.”
The players are victims of an
informal network of recruiters
and brokers, which stretches from
“managers” in west Africa, to
Africans who have lived in Nepal or
India for years. “People here find
any way they can to make money
[from footballers]. They don’t
think about the players who come,
they only think about their own
pockets,” says Mballa.
“It’s like a mafia, but it’s not
organised,” says Djibril Kabore from
Burkina Faso. “Everyone wants to
leave Africa, so it’s so easy to exploit
their dreams.”
Everyone wants to leave, but
no one wants to return home.
“My family don’t know about my
situation,” says Aboubacar Sidibé.
“We took a big loan and I can’t return
with nothing. I’d rather die than go
home with nothing.”
A month later, Sidibé buckled. He
called his family for help, and left
Nepal. But instead of returning to
Mali, his flatmates say he decided to
try his luck in Morocco.
His dream of playing for Chelsea
is as distant as ever.
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Church biopic
a hit in Brazil
– yet it fails to
fill cinemas
Dom Phillips
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s biggest cinema hit in more
than a decade, a biopic of a powerful
evangelical bishop, has broken box
office records, despite apparently failing to fill cinemas.
Nothing to Lose (Nada a Perder)
tells the story of Edir Macedo, the
founder of the Universal Church of
the Kingdom of God – a controversial
and influential evangelical church
that has extended its operations to 110
countries and claims nearly 10 million
followers worldwide.
Part-funded and promoted by
RecordTV, the television channel
that Macedo owns, the film has sold
nearly 9m tickets, according to the
monitoring firm comScore, making it
the biggest-selling Brazilian film since
comScore started measuring boxoffice returns in 2002. But it plays to
rows of empty seats.
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▲ Petrônio Gontijo and Day Mesquita in the box office ‘success’ Nada a Perder
When the film opened on the
last weekend of March, the Folha
de S Paulo newspaper visited nine
cinemas in São Paulo, but found the
screenings were half-empty. Those
who were there told the newspaper
they had been given tickets by their
local Universal church.
A spokesman for the Universal
Church described reports that the film
was showing to empty cinemas as “a
lie” and “fake news” propagated by
the media, which had “a long history
of attacks against Universal and the
Christian faith”.
The Church had never bought
tickets for the film, he said in an email,
but there had been “an initiative so
that the biggest number of people
possible could see the film – taking
needy populations and residents of
poor neighbourhoods, the excluded
and those who never had access to a
cinema where they live”.
Macedo’s 2012 autobiography, on
which the film was based, became a
bestseller as far afield as the US and
Britain amid similar reports that
churches were buying copies in bulk.
The film tells the story of Macedo
as he built his evangelical empire
and faced off with the establishment.
Macedo was briefly jailed in 1992, and
was charged along with three other
church leaders in 2011 with money
laundering, illegally sending money
abroad, racketeering, embezzlement
and misrepresentation.
Macedo has yet to be tried on the
money laundering charge, while the
other charges have since expired or
been rejected in court, a spokesman
for prosecutors said. Macedo denies
all the charges.
On a Monday night, two early evening screenings of Nothing to Lose at a
cinema in downtown Rio de Janeiro
were sold out online and at the box
office. But one played to a completely
empty cinema and the other was being
watched by just one woman and her
two children.
The duty manager of the cinema,
who asked not to be named, said this
situation was repeated night after
night. “I also think it is strange,” the
manager said.
Tatiana Fernandes, 30, who lives in
the Rocinha favela and works in a restaurant, had come to see the film with
her daughters Manueli, aged seven,
and Victoria, three months old, after
being given tickets by her local Universal church.
“Cinema is expensive and many
people can’t afford it,” she said. “I’m
evangelical and when the film came
out I was crazy to see it.”
But, she added: “I hoped there
would be more people.”
Cobain death scene
photos must not be
released, court rules
Laura Snapes
A court in Seattle has ruled that photographs from the scene of Kurt Cobain’s
death will stay sealed from the public.
The rock musician’s death on
5 April 1994 was ruled to be suicide.
Court documents state that the images
depict “Cobain’s body as it lay in the
family residence after he was shot in
the head”. In 2014, the conspiracy
theorist Richard Lee sued the city over
the release of the images, believing
them to support his view that Cobain
was killed by government officials.
The court of appeal ruled in favour
of Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love,
and daughter, Frances Bean Cobain,
who had sought a ruling “permanently
enjoining the city” from disclosing the
photographs, celebrity news website
the Blast has reported.
Love said of Cobain’s death: “It
left me physically distraught, and I
continue to suffer emotionally.” His
daughter testified that she had no
memory of her father, but “has had
to deal with the trauma of his death
her entire life”.
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▼ A beaming Anwar Ibrahim and his
family face the media after his release
under a royal pardon
PHOTOGRAPH: LAI SENG SIN/REUTERS
Whisky lovers
on the rocks
as Japanese
distiller pulls
two brands
Justin McCurry
Tokyo
‘A new beginning’ in
Malaysia as former
deputy PM is freed
Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, hailed “a new
beginning” yesterday, after being
released from prison where he had
served three years on a sodomy charge.
Anwar’s release after a royal pardon
is the first big success of the newly
elected governing coalition, Pakatan
Harapan, led by 92-year-old Mahathir
Mohamad, which was swept into
power after a shock election victory
last week.
At 11.30am yesterday, a frail but
jubilant Anwar emerged from Cheras
rehabilitation hospital in Kuala
Lumpur, where he has recently been
serving his sentence after an operation
on his shoulder. He waved to the gathered crowds before getting into a car
to go to the national palace, where he
met the king for an hour to formalise
his pardon.
“Today is a new beginning. It is a
new chapter in our country,” he said.
Few in Malaysia have been persecuted for their political views and
popularity as much as Anwar, who
has spent 11 years in jail and been
sentenced three times.
His pardon was filed on the basis of
a “miscarriage of justice”, clearing his
name entirely. Yesterday was his first
taste of freedom since 2015.
His prison sentence was widely
perceived to have been politically
motivated, a manoeuvre by the former prime minister, Najib Razak, to get
rid of a feared political rival who had
run against him – and won the popular vote – in the 2013 general election.
Anwar , speaking at a press conference at his home following his
release, said he bore no personal malice towards either Najib or Mahathir,
who was responsible for his first prison
sentence, in 1999.
“I have forgiven him,” said Anwar
when asked about Najib. “But the
issue of injustice towards the people,
crimes committed against the people,
endemic corruption that has become
a culture in this country, that he has
to answer for.”
Ensuring Anwar received a full royal
pardon was a key part of the agreement between the opposition and
Mahathir in January, when the parties agreed Mahathir would swap sides
and run as opposition leader, united
by a joint desire to oust Najib. The 22
years Mahathir had previously spent
as prime minister was as head of the
ruling party, Umno.
A beaming Anwar, sitting next to his
wife, Dr Wan Azizah, who is now deputy prime minister, said he was in no
rush to return to politics, and would
be spending time with his family and
speaking at Harvard, Stanford and
Georgetown universities.
Under the agreement with the
opposition, Mahathir will serve as
prime minister for two years before
handing power to Anwar.
“I don’t need to serve in the cabinet
for now,” said Anwar. “I have informed
Dr Mahathir it is very kind to offer but
I have said no, it is better that you and
Azizah and the team continue and
allow me to take some time with the
family … I think I need that time, that
space.”
Anwar emphasised that he and
Mahathir had buried the hatchet, and
said he trusted him to implement the
opposition reform agenda.
“One of the very well known world
statesmen was joking with me: ‘Anwar,
are you sure, are you telling me the
truth. Look at me and tell me say that
you’ve forgiven him [Mahathir]?’,”
Anwar said. “I looked at him and I
said: ‘My interest now is the wealth
of the nation. I have forgiven him. He
has proven his mettle, he has made
▲ Anwar supporters hold a prayer
vigil while waiting for him to speak
sacrifices … he has even facilitated my
release. Why should I have any malice
towards him?”
Anwar began his political career as
Mahathir’s protege in the early 1980s –
having already spent almost two years
in jail for political protest – and rose to
become deputy prime minister in 1993.
His first downfall came in 1998,
when he and Mahathir fell out over
alleged cronyism and an economic
crisis, and Mahathir began to fear
Anwar’s vast popularity. Anwar was
ousted from office and charged with
sodomy and corruption.
The resulting court case, the longest
in Malaysian history, was a humiliation for Anwar, who was accused of
sodomy with his speechwriter and
wife’s chauffeur.
“I cannot accept a man who is a
sodomist to become the leader of this
country,” Mahathir said at the time.
Even though the evidence was flimsy
and much of it coerced, in 1999 Anwar
was found guilty of corruption, and in
2000 of sodomy, and sentenced to 15
years’ prison in all.
He was allowed out in 2004, having
spent six years in solitary confinement, and was allowed back into
politics in 2008, when he ran as opposition leader in the election. In 2010
he was put on trial again for sodomy.
He was acquitted but his acquittal was
overturned and he was sentenced to
five years in jail for sodomy, where he
has remained since.
His release was greeted with jubilation nationwide. Among the crowds
greeting him after his release was an
old university friend, Azidin Mahmud, 78, who had travelled 300 miles
to see him released. “He has suffered
too long but he really is a champion of
justice,” said Azidin.
Whisky lovers around the world will
have to go without some of their
favourite products after a major producer in Japan announced it was
suspending sales of two prestigious
whiskies amid surging demand.
Suntory will stop selling its Hakushu
12-year-old single malt next month,
according to IT Media, and sales of its
Hibiki 17-year-old blend are reportedly
ending in September.
Brian Ashcraft, co-author of Japanese Whisky: the Ultimate Guide to the
World’s Most Desirable Spirit, said the
imminent disappearance of Hibiki 17 –
famously drunk by Bill Murray in the
film Lost in Translation – was particularly depressing.
“For something like the Hibiki 17,
the youngest whisky in that blend is
17 years old, and 17 years ago people
weren’t drinking that much Japanese
whisky, so Suntory and [its rival distillery] Nikka weren’t making much,”
Ashcraft said.
“Domestically, sales have turned
around, but also internationally, especially in newer markets that didn’t
really exist before. Unfortunately,
increased demand with a scant supply will result in shortages.”
The current shortage in Japan can
be traced back to the slump in whisky
consumption after it peaked in the
early 1980s, when executives knocked
back blended versions of the spirit as
highballs or watered down.
That prompted distillers to reduce
production. George Koutsakis, a Japanese whisky specialist, says that
decision has left them short of aged
whiskies today.
Not even sharp rises in the prices
of aged Japanese whiskies have managed to dent demand, Koutsakis writes
on the Forbes website. “Bottles are
bought up no matter how high the
retail mark-up. With demand at an alltime high, several online retailers have
even created ballots for extremely
rare, well-aged releases.”
Global interest in Japan’s “water of
life” began about a decade ago when
the country’s single malts and premium blends started outperforming
Scottish whiskies in international
competitions.
Domestic demand surged in 2014,
after the man acclaimed as the father
of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, and his Scottish wife, Rita
Cowan, were the subjects of a popular daytime TV drama.
The boom in inward tourism has
only added to pressure on large Japanese distillers, which are increasing
production and capacity to meet
future demand.
Given that whiskies that make age
statements on the bottle require time
for maturing, Ashcraft speculates that
it could be “years until certain releases
become widely available again”.
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Lachlan to be
boss, and top
Murdoch, at
new Fox firm
Joanna Walters
New York
Lachlan Murdoch will serve as
chairman and chief executive of
the proposed new Fox company – a
position senior to his father, Rupert
Murdoch – once the deal to sell Fox
assets to Walt Disney is approved by
shareholders and regulators.
Rupert Murdoch will serve as cochairman of the new Fox entity, which
will maintain ownership of Fox’s
existing news, sports and business
channels.
“We have worked through the
winter ‘standing up’ a reimagined
independent Fox,” Lachlan Murdoch, 46, said in a statement. Rupert
Murdoch, 87, said: “The new Fox will
begin as the only media company
solely focused on the domestic market; focused on what Americans love
best – sports, news and entertainment,
built and delivered for a US audience.”
The move marks a symbolic shift in
a Murdoch empire that has long been
roiled by questions of succession.
The new Fox company has been
moulded following an agreement
with Disney to sell 21st Century Fox’s
film and television studios and entertainment cable channels, as well as a
stake in the streaming service Hulu,
and regional sports networks.
The formal anointment of Lachlan
Murdoch comes as his younger brother,
James Murdoch, 45, is reported to be
looking at starting a venture capital
fund to invest in digital and international media businesses once the
$52.4bn (£39bn) Fox-Disney deal is
completed. The younger son, who
currently serves as chairman of Fox
as well as Sky, had been expected to
take up a senior position at Disney. But
Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, has
conspicuously failed to offer details of
any potential role.
The creation of the new company
could be more than a year away, as
US regulators must first work their
through AT&T’s $85bn bid for Time
Warner. Meanwhile, the cable TV company Comcast could make its own
bid for Fox assets, having already
launched a separate bid for Sky.
▲ Lachlan Murdoch will be above his
father, Rupert, in the new Fox entity
Unions urge U-turn on pensions
cuts after Tata Steel posts profit
Julia Kollewe
Tata Steel moved back into profit at the
start of this year, in large part because
of a boost of more than £1.5bn from the
restructuring of its pension scheme,
prompting unions to demand that cuts
to members’ benefits be reversed.
The Indian steelmaker reported
a profit of 146.9bn rupees (£1.6bn)
in the three months to the end of
March, from a loss of 11.7bn rupees a
year earlier. It benefited from a one-off
gain of £1.54bn related to the restructuring of its British pension scheme.
Britain’s Pensions Regulator agreed
last year to allow Tata Steel UK to
reduce its £15bn pension scheme
liabilities. They were the main stumbling block in the Indian steelmaker’s
efforts to merge its European business
– which includes the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales – with Germany’s
ThyssenKrupp. Of 122,000 UK pension
scheme members, 83,000 opted to join
the new British Steel pension scheme
(BSPS) and took a cut in benefits in
return for investment to secure jobs.
The union Community says that
in effect pensions increases are now
based on the consumer prices index
rather than the retail prices index,
which means they will be lower.
The remaining members moved to
the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), a
government-backed pensions lifeboat,
which entailed a 10% cut in benefits, except for existing pensioners.
According to trustees and Community,
the new BSPS was a better scheme for
most people than the PPF.
The Pensions Regulator said at the
time that such arrangements were rare,
but necessary in this case to prevent
the company becoming insolvent.
Tata employs more than 8,000
people in the UK. The National Trade
Union Steel Coordinating Committee,
which includes the Community and
Unite unions, said the unions had
helped deliver the new British Steel
pension scheme because “the experts
told us the alternative was the inevitable insolvency of Tata Steel UK”.
It said: “It was always expected
the new BSPS would start with a
significant buffer to enable it to pay out
benefits to all members on a low-risk
basis. We should be absolutely clear
£1.6bn
The profit announced by Tata Steel
in the three months to the end of
March, after a loss a year earlier
£15bn
Size of Tata’s UK pension liabilities
before the regulator allowed the
scheme to be restructured
that this buffer is not Tata’s money:
it is scheme members’ money which
is ringfenced to pay out benefits over
the lifetime of the scheme.
“The surplus for the new BSPS is
higher than we expected, which we
welcome as it strengthens our case for
benefits to be restored.” The unions
called on Tata and the pension scheme
trustees for talks.
The trustees said Tata’s “surplus
was calculated using best estimate
assumptions”. They said they were
working on their own formal actuarial
valuation of the BSPS, which was still
expected to show a surplus but a
smaller one than Tata reported.
In February, the work and pensions
committee said members had been
targeted by “vulture” financial
advisers. It accused the government,
Tata and regulators of failing to protect
them from a “major mis- selling
scandal”.
Frank Field, the Labour MP and
chair of the committee, said: “This is
a promising beginning that offers some
hope to the British Steel pensioners,
who were left stranded at the mercy
of the vultures circling the scheme for
too long. Tata should clearly restate its
commitment to increase payments to
pensions at the earliest opportunity, as
agreed with the trustees.”
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Sarah Butler
A union representing workers in the
gig economy is aiming to raise £50,000
to fund its continuing fight against
Deliveroo as it battles for financial
survival.
The Independent Workers Union
of Great Britain (IWGB), which has
backed a series of employment tribunal cases pushing for a better deal for
delivery couriers and cleaners, needs
a cash injection as it faces a £10,000
bill for costs relating to an unsuccessful attempt to win union recognition
at the food delivery firm.
In a key legal ruling, the Central
Arbitration Committee (CAC), a body
that resolves worker disputes, said
Deliveroo’s riders were self-employed
contractors and not entitled to holiday
pay or the national minimum wage
because the firm had given them the
right to allocate a substitute to do work
for them.
It is understood that the bill
from that case, made up largely of
Deliveroo’s legal costs, which the
IWGB may have to cover after losing,
puts the union in a tenuous financial
position. The IWGB also wants to fund
a high court challenge to the ruling.
The union has turned to Crowdjustice, which has previously been
used to raise funds for legal action
against council budget cuts, and to
challenge the lack of action on climate
change by European states.
Jason Moyer-Lee, the general
secretary of the IWGB, said: “In a world
where the government does nothing to
end exploitation in the so-called ‘gig
economy’, the onus falls entirely on
workers and their unions.” He said he
feared that unaffordable legal costs
could “intimidate” workers from
taking action. “Justice should not be
reserved for those with the deepest
pockets,” he said.
Dan Warne, the managing director
for Deliveroo in the UK and Ireland,
has described the CAC ruling as
“a victory for all riders who have
continuously told us flexibility is what
they value most about working with
Deliveroo”.The firm has committed
to giving riders free insurance to protect earnings if they are in an accident.
Couriers not included
in £10m share pot for
Deliveroo employees
Sarah Butler
Deliveroo is to hand out £10m of
shares to 2,000 employees – but not
the thousands of couriers who deliver
takeaway food for the company.
All permanent staff, present and
future, at all seniority levels will
receive shares, but couriers will miss
out because Deliveroo classes them
as self-employed contractors rather
than employees.
Will Shu, chief executive and cofounder of Deliveroo, said the move
was “his way of thanking staff at the
company, a way of making sure this
truly is our company in every way”.
He added: “Employees at Deliveroo have made the company what
it is today, and what sets us apart is
our immense hunger to win, strong
focus and care, and a clear vision for
the future.
“Our phenomenal growth and success has been made possible thanks
to the hard work, commitment and
passion of the people who make this
company what it is, and that deserves
recognition, which is why I want all
employees to be owners in Deliveroo
and to have a real stake in the company’s future as we expand and grow.”
The share handout is seen as a first
step towards a potential flotation for
the company, which is valued at more
than $2bn (£1.5bn) after a fundraising
round last year.
However, Sky News, which first
revealed the share handout, said a
stock market listing, in New York or
London, was unlikely for at least 18
months. The float would crystallise a
huge fortune for Shu and potentially
mean big handouts for those staff who
receive shares.
Shu, a former investment banker
who set up Deliveroo from his London flat in 2013, increased his salary
to £124,999 in 2016 when he handed
out close to £4.5m in share bonuses
to directors and other head office
staff, despite a 300%-plus widening
in losses, according to accounts filed
at Companies House.
The latest share handout comes
as Deliveroo faces legal action over
treatment of its workers. About 20
couriers, supported by the law firm
Leigh Day, are seeking compensation
for not receiving holiday pay, as they
say they are employees and not, as
the company argues, self-employed
contractors.
The Independent Workers Union
of Great Britain (IWGB), which is
attempting to raise £50,000 to continue its separate legal action over
workers’ treatment at Deliveroo, said
the share handout was a “stunt”.
“This announcement is just one
more example of Deliveroo’s selfserving publicity stunts,” said Jason
Moyer-Lee, the general secretary of
the IWGB.
“They pretend to be a decent
employer while compelling thousands of riders to work without any
rights and trying to intimidate their
union out of action with the threat of
legal costs.”
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Business view
Nils Pratley
Nationalisation on the east
coast may turn out to be the
easy bit. What comes next?
T
he decision was “very
finely balanced”, said
Chris Grayling, the
transport secretary,
meaning both options
on the East Coast rail
route were terrible from his point
of view. He chose the right one.
Keeping Stagecoach, under
the Virgin Trains banner, on the
job would have looked appalling.
The operator got its numbers
spectacularly wrong when it
agreed to pay £3.3bn for an
eight-year deal to run the Londonto-Edinburgh railway route. It
couldn’t even limp into the third
year of the deal. To be awarded
a “not for profit” follow-on
arrangement until 2020 – but one
that, critically, could have included
a performance-related payment
at the end – would have been an
unacceptable reward for failing to
honour financial commitments.
Nationalisation is problematic,
since Grayling has had to scramble
around for expertise to run his
“operator of last resort”. No wonder
he spent more time trumpeting his
revival of the “iconic” London and
North Eastern Railway name. But a
period of public ownership was the
only pragmatic solution.
The interesting question, though,
is what comes next. Nationalisation
is intended to be temporary since,
come 2020, Grayling will unleash
his shiny new public-private
partnership on the east coast.
Indeed, he suggested the chance
to “shape the new partnership”
by taking immediate control was a
critical factor in his decision.
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How, though, is this partnership
intended to work? It has been six
months since Grayling unveiled
his “strategic vision for rail” and it
remains a mystery to outsiders how
publicly owned Network Rail, which
owns the track, and the private train
operators are meant to work as “one
single team operating the railway”.
In loose outline, the ambition
seems fine. Everybody can see that
it would better and cheaper if both
parties spent less time squabbling
over who is responsible for delays.
But what’s the financial set-up?
The train operators, as Stagecoach
has just demonstrated, don’t have
the balance sheets to shoulder
the financial risks that come with
big infrastructure upgrades. If
ownership of the infrastructure will
remain in the public sector “in all
circumstances”, as Grayling told the
Commons, how is the new model
genuinely different from the current
franchising system?
All we really know about
Grayling’s big idea is that a
route will have a single board
with an independent chair and
representatives from Network Rail
and the train operating company.
But life has already become more
complicated because some routes
have two or three operators – thus
“independent members” will have
to represent their interests. Are
these competing financial interests
PaddyPower
in takeover
talks with US
firm FanDuel
Rob Davies
PaddyPower Betfair has made the first
move in an expected wave of takeover
activity prompted by the legalisation
of sports betting in the US, launching a
bid for the fantasy sports league company FanDuel.
Shares in UK gambling companies
soared earlier this week, as investors
responded to the US supreme court’s
decision to overturn a law known as
Paspa, a ban on sports bets that had
stood for 26 years.
Many analysts believe Londonlisted firms are well placed to grab a
slice of the US market, where some
estimates say nearly $150bn (£111bn)
in illegal wagers are placed every year.
While US states will have to draw
up their own gambling laws, a process
that in some case could take years, the
shift in the US landscape is expected to
encourage British firms to seek takeovers or become targets themselves.
PaddyPower confirmed it was
in talks with FanDuel “to create a
combined business to target the prospective US sports betting market”.
FanDuel is a web-based fantasy
sports game with 6 million registered
users, who can put together virtual
teams in sports such as American football and win cash prizes based on their
success against other players.
Such websites have slipped through
▲ Game on … the US sports betting industry is no longer illegal PHOTOGRAPH: GETTY
$150bn
The estimated yearly value of illegal
wagers in the US. The ban on sports
betting has just been overturned
6m
The number of users registered with
FanDuel, a fantasy sports game in
which virtual teams are assembled
the net of the US ban on sports betting
because they are seen as games of skill
rather than of chance, but an alliance
would help PaddyPower push betting
products through the site.
If a deal goes ahead, it is likely to
be worth considerably more than the
$48m PaddyPower paid last year for
FanDuel’s smaller rival Draft.
FanDuel was blocked from merging
with its main competitor, DraftKings,
by US regulators last year. It has been
valued at $1bn by some analysts.
really going to be resolved just by
sitting in the same boardroom?
Nationalisation of the east coast may
turn out to be the easy bit.
The CBI is whinging
The CBI is obliged to wave the flag
for its members in all weathers but it
takes a peculiar mindset to read the
two select committees’ report on the
failure of Carillion and conclude that
the MPs were somehow attacking
UK business in its entirety. That,
though, seems to be the CBI’s
interpretation. “The language of the
report suggests committee members
think business in general is greedy
and reckless. This is irresponsible
and wholly inaccurate,” says Josh
Hardie, its deputy director-general.
Hardie should turn to the 52
conclusions and recommendations
at the end of the report, where he
It would be more useful
if the CBI, instead of
grumbling about tone,
told us what it thinks
about the contents of
the Carillion report
When the supreme court announced
its decision earlier this week, PaddyPower Betfair’s shares jumped by more
than 12.2% in a day, signalling analysts’
belief that it is well-placed to launch
an assault on the US market.
They closed up a further 6% yesterday, at £82.15, as markets digested
the potential for the company to add
FanDuel to its existing US operation.
As well as its fantasy sports presence via Draft, it owns the horse-racing
TV channel TVG and an online casino
in New Jersey, the state that challenged the ban on sports betting, and
which has made the most progress
putting preparations in place for the
industry to grow.
But while PaddyPower hopes to
be the buyer in this case, analysts at
the stockbroker Goodbody said European betting firms could find they are
targets for US companies looking to
purchase expertise.
Goodbody’s Gavin Kelleher said:
“Given the regulatory and taxation
headwinds that European operators are facing in their home markets
over the next few years, [the repeal of
Paspa] is a very attractive long-term
positive for the companies under our
coverage and as such is supportive of
their long-term growth prospects.
“It also could see European operators speculated as potential M&A
targets given the unique sports betting skill set they possess.”
The online casino 888 and high
street bookmaker William Hill saw
their shares jump by 15% and 11%
respectively on the repeal of Paspa.
Both have a US presence, and have
explored options for consolidation
before ultimately rejecting them.
William Hill and Canada’s Amaya
called off a £4.6bn merger in 2016,
while the British bookmaker turned
down a tentative approach for a threeway merger with 888 and Mecca
Bingo’s owner, Rank.
will find the MPs saying the exact
opposite of what he thinks they said.
The final conclusion includes this
clear sentence: “Most companies
are not run with Carillion’s reckless
short-termism, and most companies
are far more concerned by the wider
consequences of their actions than
the Carillion board.”
The same passage, it is true, also
says that “Carillion could happen
again” and that the individuals who
failed to run, challenge, advise and
regulate the company were often
acting in line with their incentives.
But those points don’t seem to be
wildly contentious. It would be
more useful if the CBI, instead of
grumbling about language, told us
what it thinks about the contents
of the report. Does it agree that the
Competition and Markets Authority
should investigate the auditing
market with a view to breaking up
the Big Four firms or separating
their audit operations from their
consulting divisions?
The “voice of business” currently
has no opinion, beyond saying the
audit profession “must continue to
evolve”. When it does form a proper
view, let us hope it remembers to
disclose that KPMG, the Carillion
auditor strongly criticised by
the MPs, and the other three big
firms, are leading members of the
CBI. Funnily enough, that wasn’t
mentioned in yesterday’s whinge.
High stakes as
minister prepares
to deliver verdict on
fixed-odds betting
Rob Davies
The government will announce its final
decision on whether to curb stakes on
fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs)
today, with the maximum bet widely
expected to be slashed to £2.
The machines have become a focal
point for campaigners’ concerns about
problem gambling and the potential
losses on machines that allow players
to bet £100 every 20 seconds.
Culture minister Matt Hancock is
expected to announce that the campaign to reduce the stake to £2 has been
successful, a year after the result of
the government’s review was due to
be released.
Bookmakers argue a £2 stake would
effectively kill off FOBTs, which provide more than half of their annual
revenue.
A £2 stake, they have said, would
result in the closure of hundreds of
high street bookmakers and cost up
to 20,000 jobs. In a letter to MPs this
week, Betfred warned that 900 of the
firm’s shops would become loss-making, forcing it to axe 4,500 jobs.
But a spokesperson for campaign
group Fairer Gambling said: “Allowing
high stakes roulette machines in such
an easily accessible environment has
had disastrous consequences, impacting levels of gambling-related harm
and crime.
“Cutting the stake back to £2 would
be the right decision, and that must be
enacted as soon as possible.”
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▼ Cara Delevingne models a rainbow
creation from Burberry’s autumn/
winter 2018 collection
PHOTOGRAPH: BEN STANSALL/AFP/GETTY
Luxury
bag helps
lift profits
by 5% at
Burberry
Novartis legal
chief apologises
for payments to
Trump’s lawyer
Guardian staff and agencies
Sarah Butler
The success of an expensive new
Burberry handbag and an acclaimed
final collection for Christopher Bailey
helped the British brand to beat
analysts’ expectations as it delivered
a 5% rise in annual profits.
The improvement in performance
came after Bailey received rave notices
for a rainbow-hued collection in February and Burberry launched a casual
fashion collaboration with hip Russian
designer Gosha Rubchinskiy. The new
design chief Riccardo Tisci will present his first collection this autumn.
Bailey’s swansong as chief creative
officer coincided with an improved
domestic performance towards the
end of the financial year, as pre-tax
profits rose to £413m in the 12 months
to 31 March and revenues rose 2% to
£2.66bn.
Marco Gobbetti, the chief executive
of Burberry who took over the leadership role from Bailey last year, said
his strategy to revitalise the brand was
showing “promising early signs”. He
said buyers would now be tempted
with much more frequent productions
of new designs throughout the year.
Gobbetti has pledged to make Burberry more luxurious by introducing
products at higher price points. One
of the first experiments in that strategy appears to have gone well.
Sales of the brand’s new “belt bag”,
which sells for up to £1,790 – the upper
end of the price spectrum for Burberry
London to miss the
boat on annual
marine showcase
Guardian staff
The London Boat Show, once the
international showcase for the British
marine industry, has scrapped its 2019
event after a lack of interest from
exhibitors and waning attendances.
Sales staff at British Marine, the
industry group that runs the show,
reported a “significant” lack of
commitment from boatbuilders for the
show, which received sub-par reviews
from attenders this year. The president, David Pougher, said the show
was “clearly forecasted in its current
format to be commercially unviable”.
British Marine said it would focus
on the more popular Southampton
Boat Show. A fall in the pound following the EU referendum helped fuel a
boom in British boat building.
apart from bags in specialist leathers
such as alligator or python – had been
encouraging. “It can become a classic,” Gobbetti said.
Mamequa Boafo, a retail analyst
at GlobalData, said: “Reigniting consumer appetite for the British luxury
fashion house is ever more important in order to hold its appeal ...
the wider trading backdrop remains
£1,790
Price of Burberry’s new ‘belt bag’ –
the upper end of the spectrum apart
from bags in specialist leathers
£413m
Pretax profits at Burberry in the
year to 31 March, on revenues that
saw an increase of 2% to £2.66bn
challenging.” Shares in Burberry
closed up 3.6% at £18.68.
Gobbetti said Bailey had left an
“incredible legacy” and his last collection had been “very strong”.
The company more than doubled
sales per item from Bailey’s final catwalk collection, although this was
partly because it cut the number of
items available after the show.
Gobbetti said Bailey’s full final collection would go into shops over the
summer. But the company admitted
that its profit margins had taken a hit in
the second half as it set aside an additional £14m to cover clearing old stock
designed by Bailey and his team ahead
of the first collection by Tisci.
The future of another Bailey-led
project, the set-up of a £50m trenchcoat factory in Leeds, remains unclear.
The company declined to comment
on whether the facility would now go
ahead as Gobbetti said Burberry’s
existing factories in Castleford and
Keighley in Yorkshire were “critical
services” for the company.
Last week, Burberry announced
the acquisition of Italian leather goods
manufacturer CF&P, a long-term partner, which Gobbetti said gave it control
of key skills such as pattern cutting.
He hinted that Burberry would look
for vertical integration in other “strategic areas”, but added, “We don’t think
of controlling a certain percentage of
production directly.”
Burberry also joined Nike, H&M
and Gap yesterday in signing up to
an initiative that aims to improve
the industry’s record on sustainability after a study found less than 1% of
clothing is recycled. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, set up by the
record-breaking sailor, announced
that the brands were joining its Make
Fashion Circular scheme to recycle raw
materials and products.
The Swiss pharmaceutical company
Novartis has announced the retirement of its top legal expert, as he
apologised for payments made by
the firm to Donald Trump’s lawyer,
Michael Cohen.
The retirement of Felix Ehrat, 61,
came after Novartis was dragged into
the scandal over Cohen’s payment of
$130,000 (£97,000) to adult film actor
Stormy Daniels just days before the
2016 US presidential election.
The US special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the payments as a
part of his investigation into Russian
interference in the 2016 election and
allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice by the Trump campaign.
Trump has denied having an affair
with Daniels, whose real name is
Stephanie Clifford, more than a decade
ago. But one of the newest members
of Trump’s legal team, the former federal prosecutor and New York mayor
Rudy Giuliani, has acknowledged that
the president reimbursed Cohen for
the money paid.
On 9 May, Novartis said it had signed
a one-year contract for $100,000 a
month with Cohen’s firm, seeking
advice on the administration’s public health policy.
Following a meeting with Cohen,
the company changed its mind,
although Novartis was contractually
obliged to pay Cohen the full $1.2m.
Yesterday, Ehrat apologised for
making the deal.
“Although the contract was legally
in order, it was an error,” he said. “As
a co-signatory with our former chief
executive, I take personal responsibility to bring the public debate on this
matter to an end.”
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A stoat emerged into a patch of bare
ground, sniffed the air, then disappeared
into a dense patch of ground elder
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Weather satellites transformed
forecasting in the 1960s. By
watching weather systems evolve
in real time, meteorologists could
predict storms and save lives. But
50 years ago, a nuclear-powered
weather satellite threatened
disaster. The Nimbus-B, launched on
18 May 1968, was to be the third in its
series. It went terribly wrong.
A fault caused the control system
to go haywire, and the rocket
carrying Nimbus-B veered in the
wrong direction. The satellite had
nuclear power packs filled with
radioactive plutonium; if Nimbus-B
broke up in the atmosphere, it could
contaminate a wide area.
Mission control ordered the
rocket to self-destruct, and the
flight ended after two minutes
with Nimbus-B plunging into the
Pacific less than 100 miles from Los
Angeles. Six months later, divers
recovered the corroded remains of
Nimbus from the sea bed. The intact
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launched on Nimbus-3.
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purely on solar arrays for their
electricity. While there are still
occasional launch failures, there is
no risk now of radioactive fallout.
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41
Goneva takes the Farewell to
plaudits as player Ray Wilson, the
of the season
1966 linchpin
Page 43 Richard Williams, Page 45 want something different. They want it to be more
exciting. They want it shorter. They want it simpler to
understand.”
Before he makes a dash for the lawyers – of which
more later – I should say it is perfectly possible Colin
doesn’t realise he dislikes cricket at all. He almost
certainly believes he loves it. That might be his tragedy.
It is likely that his antipathy towards cricket is wholly
subconscious, buried beneath that monogram-gated
exterior. It is up to you to speculate quite how many – or
quite how few – hours Colin would need on the couch
of a Viennese-school psychoanalyst to tease out the
possibility. Or, to keep an open mind, for the shrink to
come up with another credible explanation as to why
he has frequently disparaged the appeal of various
forms of the game. It wasn’t long into his tenure at the
ECB before he was describing the record ticket-selling
T20 Blast competition as “mediocre”. So he has form for
tipping on the ECB’s own products, to use the parlance
of our times.
Y
▲ Colin Graves: ‘The
younger generation are
just not attracted to
cricket’. Not everyone
seems to agree with the
ECB chairman on that
JAN KRUGER/GETTY IMAGES
Graves concern
Blazered Terminator
is destabilising the
game he is supposed
to champion
Marina Hyde
T
here is no fiercer battle than the one
to be the least appealing individual in
British sporting governance. It is a field
in which we are absolutely world class.
From the FA to the RFU to the ECB to
the Jockey Club and far beyond, we
really bring home the bacon. All the
cured pork, in fact. Of all the games
we invented, this is the last one we can always be sure
of winning.
And yet, even by the high standards of his peers,
the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, Colin
Graves, is having an excellent run. I think the clinching
factor is how much Colin clearly seems to hate cricket. In
one sense, even that’s not weird. All populists secretly
hate their people. All bookies secretly hate their punters.
And all sports blazers secretly hate their sport. You only
have to look at Gianni Infantino’s sporticidal plans for a
48-team World Cup, and ever more competitive black-tie
award ceremonies, to see a similar tendency.
But the common thread is that they tend to do it
secretly. Colin’s distaste for cricket appears ever more
open. How else to read his comments to the BBC’s Simon
Mann on Monday? Colin was justifying The Hundred, a
highly uncalled-for fourth format of the game he seems
bent on driving through, despite vocal resistance from
the Professional Cricketers’ Association, many players
past and present, and a demographic we’ll call “members
of the public who like cricket”.
He is doing this, he reasoned, because cricket as
we know it has nothing to offer young people. “The
younger generation, whether you like it or not, are
just not attracted to cricket,” Colin explained. “They
et the more contradictory positions
that emanate from the ECB, the harder
it is to shake the feeling that if it isn’t
happening in the immediate vicinity
of the chairman’s walnut gearknobbed
saloon, he isn’t powerfully aware of
it. Colin’s interview aired on the very
day the ECB announced that 50,000
youngsters have signed up to participate in its All Stars
Cricket initiative this summer. Never mind knowing
what the other is doing – is the ECB’s right hand even in
the same time zone as its left hand?
I’m reminded of Alan Partridge ringing his son and
being appalled to discover where he is. “Fernando,” he
despairs, “you’re 22 years old and you’re spending your
Saturday afternoon in bed with a girl. You’re wasting
your life.” And so with Colin’s declaration coming on the
day of the All Stars news. Kids, you’re squandering your
youth with this stuff ! Have you tried football instead?
Alas, Colin’s tenure has already become too much
for some. As ECB board member Andy Nash put it in
his resignation letter a few weeks ago: “I’ve recently
become concerned that the standards of corporate
governance at ECB are falling well short of what’s
acceptable and in all conscience, I can’t allow myself to
continue to be associated with it. I would be failing in
my duty as a director if I didn’t bring
His distaste these to the board’s attention and this
I’ve tried to do.”
for cricket
What can one say? Not a lot, if the
lawyers have anything to do with
appears
His regime is already reportedly
ever more it.
suing ESPNcricinfo’s George Dobell.
open. He has Other threats of a trip down the Strand
likely. They might even sue
frequently seem
over Nash’s resignation letter, who
disparaged knows? After the Mann interview,
the appeal Graves might be considering suing
Glamorgan for the time-bending feat
of various of pre-contradicting him. By way of
recap, Graves said on Monday of the
forms of
suggestion the ECB compensated
the game
counties for the years they miss out
on staging a Test: “No payments have
been made to counties at all.” Yet Glamorgan stated
in March: “Following discussions with the ECB the
club decided not to apply to host Test matches during
the 2020 to 2024 period in return for a compensation
payment of £2.5m.”
As for the continuing point of Colin Graves, it is a
matter of increasing speculation. He might well be a
form of blazered Terminator, sent back in time with
the sole mission of throwing former ECB chairman
Giles Clarke into sympathetic relief. Either way, his
innovation has more and more vocal detractors.
Whatever the broadcasters might prefer, most believe
that the various forms of the game we already have
just need a little TLC. Which is to say: Colin is chasing
waterfalls, when he really should stick to the rivers and
the lakes that he’s used to.
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Sport
Whistleblowers’
fears revealed
in landmark
UK Sport report
‘Culture health check’ shows
widespread pride but reports
unacceptable behaviour, too
Martha Kelner
The optimistic tone of the UK Sport
hierarchy as they presented the results
of what they called a “culture health
check” has rarely been heard over the
last two years as they lurched from one
duty-of-care crisis to another.
Barely a corner of the system has
been left untouched by allegations of
bullying, discrimination and favouritism – from cycling to gymnastics,
canoeing and bobsleigh, to mention
just a few. Now Chelsea Warr, the performance director of UK Sport, has
claimed this survey of more than 2,000
elite athletes and staff across the Olympic spectrum is proof that those problems are not endemic in the system.
Some results do reflect favourably on the funding body, with more
than 90% of the 682 athletes who
responded to a 45-question survey
reporting they felt proud to be part of
the “world class programme”. Similar numbers said they felt individuals
operating within their sport have the
best intentions.
But this does not tell the whole
story. The partially celebratory vibe
could not obscure the more grim findings, notably that 30% – almost one
in three athletes – had experienced or
witnessed unacceptable behaviour.
James Bell, a psychologist at UK
Sport, said what was deemed unacceptable varied vastly between athletes, noting that one respondent had
complained they were not allowed to
train because they showed up with
the wrong kit.
Perhaps even more stark was that
31% feared reprisals, whether this be
missing out on selection or being punished in another way, should they give
negative feedback.
The athlete welfare crisis in Olympic
sport was ignited by the sprint cyclist
Jess Varnish in the run-up to the Rio
Olympics in 2016. She alleged the former British Cycling performance director Shane Sutton told her that her bum
was “too big” to cycle certain roles on
the team and after dropping her from
‘The fear culture
is a concern – we’ll
follow it up’
Liz Nicholl
UK Sport chair
the squad that she should “get on with
having a baby”. The Guardian has
since revealed a host of issues infecting other sports with allegations of racism in British Bobsleigh and abuse in
British Gymnastics and British Canoeing. The staff and athletes who have
blown the whistle often have one thing
in common and that is that they have
recently left the system.
Liz Nicholl, the UK Sport chair,
conceded the apparent fear culture
within some sections of the system
still existed, preventing some active
athletes from speaking out.
“That is a concern,” she said. “It is
a significant number fearing the consequences. That’s something we’ll
follow up with the sports. It’s about
having an open relationship based on
mutual respect.”
UK Sport, which will invest up to
£345m of exchequer and lottery money
in Olympic and Paralympic sport from
2017-2021, has also pledged an extra
£1m to the British Athletes Commission. The body is run independently
and represents athletes but has been
massively under-resourced, struggling to cope with a growing number
of athletes with grievances.
The results of the survey, which athletes were allowed 12 weeks to respond
to, did not suggest any marked difference in the contentedness of female
athletes compared with their male
counterparts. But anecdotally, coaches
say they have modified their style to
work with women’s teams.
Danny Kerry, who led the women’s
hockey team to Olympic gold in Rio,
said in a previous review he had been
criticised for being overly aggressive.
“It’s not very PC to say this but in
my experience there are differences
between working with large groups of
elite male and elite female athletes,”
he said. “Women can sometimes take
things to heart. Men can be like that too
but generally they have the ability to
depersonalise it.
“In the Beijing cycle I made one
athlete’s experience pretty brutal and
really miserable and they nearly left
the programme.
“I don’t think I’d be facing a tribunal
but I got it wrong. One of the several
lightbulb moments was when the chief
executive and performance director
brought me in here after Beijing and
showed me slides from the athletes’
debrief. They said I was tactically bang
on but they hated me.
“I was ready to throw it in because I
thought I had given my all for them and
they had shoved knives in me. I spoke
to my wife about it and said: ‘I’m not
that person, why am I doing this?’ She
told me I wasn’t that person but I had
to make the shift.”
Analysis
Sean Ingle
Findings were long overdue
but the penny is dropping
that kindness costs little
‘T
he truth will
be uncovered,”
promised Dame
Katherine Grainger
as she revealed UK
Sport’s first culture
health check. “Whether it is good,
bad, or ugly.”
The good? The report found
that 90% of British athletes are
proud to be on the world class
programme. The bad? Thirty-one
per cent of athletes have witnessed
or experienced unacceptable
behaviour. And the ugly? Eighteen
per cent of athletes feel there are no
consequences when people behave
inappropriately. The sincerity of
Grainger, who took over as chair of
UK Sport last year, was obvious and
her pledge to lance any lingering
pus in the system welcome. But one
question hung uneasily in the air:
why had it taken so long to confront
the ghost in the machine?
Remember, after British Cycling’s
festering culture of fear was exposed
over two years ago, UK Sport insisted
it was an isolated case. Then the
media revealed similar problems in
bobsleigh. And gymnastics. And
equestrian. And para-swimming.
UK Sport has always vigorously
denied that its single-minded
pursuit of medals has trumped
all over concerns. But it has
conducted athlete surveys
since 2009, and regularly sent
performance advisors scurrying
into sports to check up on them.
Perhaps there was too much
waving of pom-poms, and not
enough detective work to find and
root out some of the problems.
As Chelsea Warr, UK Sport’s
venerable director of performance,
admitted at one point: “We weren’t
asking enough robust questions to
get an accurate perspective of the
experiences of athletes.”
Warr insisted that
commissioning such as report
was “brave and risky – but the
right thing to do”. Whatever
her organisation’s past faults,
that much is certainly true. How
many workplaces would come up
smelling of roses if subjected to
similarly close scrutiny? Pointedly,
James Bell, the psychologist
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Jess Varnish
ignited the athlete
welfare crisis in
the run-up to the
2016 Olympics.
ALEX LIVESEY/
GETTY IMAGES
Key findings
UK Sport’s first Cultural Health
Check survey across 23 funded
sports highlighted positive and
negative feelings in 2017
31%
of athletes and 21% of staff
witnessed or experienced
unacceptable behaviour
90%
of athletes across 23 sports are
proud to be a part of their World
Class programme
18%
of athletes believe there are no
consequences when people behave
inappropriately
£1.05m
amount pledged by UK Sport to
improve athlete welfare through
the British Athletes Commission
23%
of athletes feel they do not have
opportunities to give feedback
without negative consequences
98.9%
of athletes surveyed believe there is
a drug-free culture in their sport
Liz Nicholl said
it was important
for athletes
and coaches to
have an open
relationship
based on respect
behind the report, informed the
media that a National Union of
Journalists survey had highlighted
far worse results for their industry.
A second intriguing discovery
was that the IY generation of British
athletes – those born after 1990 –
want to be dealt with differently.
As Warr explained: “They want to
be spoken to a different way and
to be given more feedback. Not
only did they want to be part of the
process, they wanted to be part of
the solution.”
That, inevitably, led to questions
about whether a softly, softly
approach might lead to Britain losing
its cutting edge. However, Grainger
insisted that it costs little to be kind.
“All the coaches in high
performance still want to
perform and achieve results,” she
maintained. “You can have a hard
and challenging environment that is
still very respectful and safe.”
That is something Danny Kerry,
the head coach of Britain’s goldmedal winning women’s hockey
team in Rio in 2016, knows better
than most. As he admitted yesterday,
he was once an old-fashioned coach,
“cold and hard”, and concerned
more with tactics than putting an
arm round the shoulder. “But as a
result I disgruntled a lot of athletes.”
British hockey is now widely
considered to have one of the best
cultures in the UK Sport system,
after Kerry understood that he had
to develop softer skills. He told the
story of how he had been sat down
after the Beijing Olympics in 2008
and being given the athlete debrief.
“And it pretty much said that
while ‘tactically and technically’ I
had got it bang on, they hated me
and thought I was grumpy and
unapproachable,” he said.
“Personally I was in a pretty dark
place for a long time. But my partner
Why had it taken
so long to confront
the ghost in the
machine?
Rugby union
Goneva and Richards win top
awards to cap Falcons’ rise
Robert Kitson
Newcastle Falcons’ achievement in
reaching this season’s title play-offs
has been rewarded with two major
accolades at the Aviva Premiership
Awards. The Fijian winger Vereniki
Goneva has been named player of the
season while Dean Richards picked up
the best director of rugby award at this
year’s ceremony in London.
Goneva topped a shortlist also featuring Wasps’ Danny Cipriani, Exeter’s
Don Armand, Sale’s Faf de Klerk and
Northampton’s Jamie Gibson, having
finished as the league’s joint highest
try-scorer with 13 tries. The 34-yearold was released by Leicester in 2016
but has been enjoying a fresh lease of
life in the north-east. “When I first met
him for a chat two years ago in Betty’s
Tea Room in Harrogate I couldn’t
believe how fortunate we were to be
signing such a quality guy as well as an
amazing player,” said Richards.
“He defies the ageing process with
the physical condition he keeps himself in, he is a phenomenal athlete but
also has a thorough understanding of
the game and how he can influence it.
He is right up there in the world-class
bracket when it comes to finishing.”
Richards has also been recognised
for guiding the Falcons to within two
victories of lifting the trophy for the
first time in two decades. The Falcons also collected the award for try
of the season, Sinoti Sinoti’s mazy
run against Exeter at Kingston Park
being adjudged the best. Sinoti’s try
Farrell ready for
‘brilliant tour’
to South Africa
told me: ‘You are not that person
– but the way you are coaching
makes them think you are.’”
Even Jürgen Gröbler, grizzled
coach of British rowing’s men,
admitted his approach was
changing. “I want the athletes to
be well looked after and we’re not
just using them to win medals and
then putting them in the bin,” he
insisted.
It will take time for others to
complete the journey. But UK Sport
insists that, by introducing better
whistleblowing procedures and
giving action plans to all sports,
things will improve.
Meanwhile the British Athletes
Commission will get over £1m
to help respond to athlete
complaints.
On the surface it sounded like a
positive step in the right direction.
Some, though, will wonder
whether UK Sport’s relentless
drive for even more medals at the
Tokyo 2020 Olympics will put
more pressure on funded sports to
deliver outcomes – leading some to
fall into bad habits again.
Michael Aylwin
Owen Farrell is relishing the prospect
of England’s summer trip to South
Africa. The tour captain took time
out of Saracens’ preparations for Saturday’s Premiership play-off against
Wasps to speak for the first time since
his appointment.
“South Africa is a brilliant tour, a
brilliant challenge,” he said of the land
that hosted his first England trip, in
2012.
“This tour is one we’re going to
enjoy. They are a good team that is
under new coaching, so we probably
don’t know what we’re going to get.
The key is to be ready for anything.”
Farrell has captained England
before but this will be the first time
he has led a camp. The appointment
seems a natural one. It is not hard
to imagine it becoming permanent.
Nevertheless, he inherits an unfamiliar run of three consecutive defeats,
while Eddie Jones muses, as he did
last week, on the lack of unity he
was among a record 776 tries scored
in the Premiership this season, beating
the previous mark of 750 in 1999-2000.
Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has stressed his Chiefs players will
deserve to finish empty-handed if they
are remotely complacent in Saturday’s
semi-final against Newcastle at Sandy
Park. The Chiefs will start favourites
having topped the regular-season
table but Baxter says his side should
assume absolutely nothing.
“If we lose on Saturday, is anyone
going to talk about us finishing top of
the table in five years’ time? Of course
they’re not,” warned Baxter. “At the
moment we don’t deserve to start talking about winning back-to-back finals.
We haven’t yet dealt with the next
hurdle, which is beating Newcastle.
“You can’t run away from it, there is
complacency among other people. If
we go out on the field and we’re complacent we’ll deserve to lose. I would
have no complaints about that, it
would be our mistake.”
Meanwhile, the England women’s
forwards coach Matt Ferguson is to join
Northampton Saints this summer as
assistant coach.
▲ Vereniki Goneva finished as the
Premiership’s joint highest try-scorer
sensed developing in England’s disappointing Six Nations campaign.
It falls to Farrell to lend new direction, should that be required. Jones
rang to tell him of the “massive honour” but they appear not to have discussed the coach’s other concerns.
“Lack of unity?” said Farrell, when
asked to consider Jones’s assessment of England’s Six Nations, and
he paused for a few seconds to gather
his thoughts. “I’ll have to see what is
being talked about. I can’t really say.
I could sit here talking about England
but I haven’t thought about it too much
yet. I don’t want to start just blabbing.
I’ve been concentrating, especially this
week, on what’s in front of us.”
If England are searching for a way out
of the sudden slump they find themselves in, after prolonged and unparalleled success, they could do worse than
study the example set by Saracens this
season. Their run of seven consecutive
defeats in all competitions, either side
of Christmas, did not appear to trouble
them. They finished the regular season
having scored more points than any
club since 1999, when the Premiership
was a 14-team affair, and with the best
points differential ever.
“I thought it was a brilliant period
for us. We would be a lot worse off if
we hadn’t had it,” said Farrell of the
seven consecutive defeats. “ It was a
bit unfamiliar but we did a lot of figuring out. We have definitely come out
the other side the better for it.”
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In brief
Cycling
Yates keeps Dumoulin
at bay in Grio stage 11
Simon Yates stretched his lead in the
Giro d’Italia after winning stage 11 in
Osimo. While the Mitchelton-Scott
rider took his second stage win,
Chris Froome continues to struggle.
Yates pushed on late on the 158km
run between Assisi and Osimo and
kept Tom Dumoulin at bay to extend
his lead over the Sunweb rider,
who sits in second place, to move
47 seconds clear. “I’m trying to get
more time. That was a really tough
finish. Tom was chasing me all the
way to the line,” Yates said. Froome’s
Giro – his first since 2010 – remains a
disappointment. The Team Sky rider
dropped off the pace during the final
ascent to finish 40 seconds behind
cYanmaGentaYellowbl
Sport
Yates. Froome is 23rd overall and
a massive 3min 20sec off the lead.
Closer to the front, Groupama-FDJ’s
Thibaut Pinot is third, 1:04 behind
Yates, with Domenico Pozzovivo of
Bahrain–Merida the highest-placed
Italian rider in fourth spot. Agencies
Tennis
Konta whets appetite
for tilt at Roland Garros
Rugby union
Trio fined for abusing
England coach Jones
Three men have been fined after
they hurled abuse at the England
coach, Eddie Jones, in the aftermath
of Scotland’s Calcutta Cup triumph
in February. Footage released online
showed the group approaching
Jones as he left Manchester Oxford
Road rail station the next day before
the atmosphere turned sour. Richie
Cleeton, 22, Connor Inglis, 25, and
Brett Grant, 23, from Edinburgh,
all pleaded guilty to a public order
offence of using threatening
abusive words and behaviour, or
disorderly behaviour, likely to cause
harassment, alarm or distress. PA
Briton winning friends
with her game and her
cookery at Italian Open
Kevin Mitchell
Rome
Johanna Konta looks to be loosening
up, on and off court, as she heads for
the French Open where, despite her
talent and ambition, she has gone out
in the first round three visits in a row.
In the last two of those campaigns
she has left Rome for Paris in decent
form, and yesterday she completed
a hat-trick of year-on-year bagels
against opponents in what used to be
called the Italian Open, defeating the
most inventive – if fragile – of players
on her tour, Hsieh Su-wei, 6-0, 6-4 in
an hour and five minutes.
It was a cleansing of the spirit for
Konta, who lost to Hsieh, a doubles
artist par excellence but de-fanged considerably in singles, in the first round
at Roland Garros a year ago.
However, because tennis is such
a revolving door of glory and disappointment, Konta’s opponent in the
e
third round today is Jelena Ostapenko,
o,
the 2017 French champion, who
o
advanced the previous day by beatting Shuai Zhang in two sets.
“She backed her French Open
n
g
win up significantly the following
months,” Konta said of the 20-yearrold Latvian. “She made the quarters
rs
of Wimbledon, she made Singapore
e
and she has already made the final off
Miami this year. She is a big ball striker,
r,
so I know I am definitely going to have
ve
to work hard at staying strong in some
e
of the points.”
She had no problem doing that
at
against the feathered touches off
Racing
Harry Angel
finds form for
Ascot reverse
Greg Wood
York
Harry Angel brushed aside one quirk
on his record at York yesterday when
he made a winning start to a new season for the first time in his career. He
will now address another anomaly
when he lines up for next month’s
Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the Royal
meeting at Ascot – the track where he
has suffered all four of his defeats.
“People say he hasn’t won at Ascot
but I think that’s just a fluke really,”
Clive Cox, Harry Angel’s trainer, said
after watching the four-year-old give
5lb and a two-length beating to the
useful Brando. “I don’t think there’s
anything to read into it too much.”
Possibly not but the nagging sus-
Hsieh but still had to work to unlock
the peculiar riddles the Taiwan wizard
poses. Her forehand buzzed again but a
couple of backhands looked tentative,
particularly towards the end when she
was striving for a quick finish.
“It’s never a straightforward match
against her,” Konta said. “The first
set was quite quick [19 minutes] but
I was fully prepared to play as long as
needed. Overall, I’m happy with the
way I was playing.”
Konta has had a cold all week but
she is not one to complain. She loves
Rome and has visited twice on holidays, indulging her love of food. As
she was winding up, Novak Djokovic
interrupted his post-match stroll to
the locker room to ask Konta, “Can I
experience your cooking one day?”
Konta, who had been elaborating on
her love of the kitchen, replied: “To be
fair, it’s my parents and my boyfriend
who say it’s good. They are a bit biased
but I’ll bring stuff in.”
Both winners on day three, which
finally let the sun through, they
agreed the Konta feast will take place
at Wimbledon. Djokovic, famously
Johanna Konta
is ready to take on
Jelena Ostapenko
picion among some punters that
Ascot does not play to Harry Angel’s
strengths should at least keep his price
at or around the 3-1 that is still available
after his latest success.
Tasleet, who took the Group Two
Duke Of York Stakes 12 months ago,
was ruled out of the race yesterday
morning and Harry Angel started at
4-9 as a result but Cox is confident his
colt will find significant improvement
for the run.
“He was just a little bit fresh,” Cox
said, “but then he’s not been off the
bridle [when exercising] at home.
Greg Wood’s tips
Perth 2.00 Subcontinent 2.30 Blue Comet 3.05 Hello
Fellas 3.40 Shanroe Street 4.15 Morning With Ivan 4.45
Make It Happen 5.15 Boy’s On Tour 5.50 Traditional
Dancer
Salisbury 2.10 Glorious Charmer 2.40 Point In Time
3.15 King Lud 3.50 Voluminous 4.25 Anbaa 4.55 Melabi
5.25 Procedure, 6.00 Porto Ferro
York 2.20 Major Jumbo (nap) 2.55 Chain Of Daisies
3.30 Roaring Lion 4.05 Isomer 4.35 Declarationofpeace
(nb) 5.05 True Belief 5.35 Cray
Fontwell Park 5.00 One Big Love 5.30 Never Complain
6.05 Sidbury Hill 6.40 Monsieur Gibraltar 7.15
Wonderful Charm 7.50 Changeofluck, 8.25 Wells De
Lune
Newmarket 5.10 Odyssa 5.45 Usain Boat 6.20 Ziarah
6.55 See Of Rome 7.30 Stylehunter 8.05 Apache Blaze
8.35 Christopher Wood
Edmund lights up
Kyle Edmund made it a
third-round double for Britain’s
best in Rome when he beat Lucas
Pouille of France 6-2, 7-6 (3) in an
hour and 34 minutes under lights.
Despite an early injury scare,
Edmund consolidated his early
break and served out the first set
through deuce just past the halfhour. He twice had to serve to
stay in the second set but forced
the tie-break and got four match
points before wrapping up victory
with booming cross-court volley.
Edmund next plays the defending
champion and second seed,
Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who
beat the Italian wildcard Matteo
Berrettini 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and
a half. Kevin Mitchell
particular about his diet, suggested
anything “gluten-free, dairy-free or
sugar-free”. She paused, smiled and
said: “I’ll make it work.”
It’s not often players get to relax
on either tour. Djokovic – who cannot
have used up many calories in the hour
and 17 minutes it took him to beat the
qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili – looked
his old relaxed self. Perhaps, his stuttering comeback will take off soon.
Konta, meanwhile, will work on
her cooking. “Right now I’m basically
going through the monthly Waitrose
magazine recipes, and they’re great.”
And she is nowhere near as pernicke
ety as Djokovic. “I’m fortunate in that
I don’t have any allergies or intolerances. I look to make good choices and
a
right choices for my body. What you
ri
put in you get out.”
p
Over the years, she has put plenty
in. At 22 in the world after a long spell in
in
the top 10, she is looking to take some
th
m
more out, starting with Ostapenko in
the third round. She won their only
th
encounter on the grass of Eastbourne
e
last year. A breakthrough into the
la
fo
fourth round would keep Konta on
tr
track for more tough challenges in
her half of the draw, which includes
h
the world No 1, Simona Halep.
th
With the ground we’ve had and the
weather we’ve had, I know he’ll
improve for today. He had to work
in the last half furlong and that was
what we couldn’t do at home. It will
be Ascot next and then the July Cup
[at Newmarket].”
Give And Take showed a useful turn
of foot to finish in front of a promising field for the Group Three Musidora
Stakes but neither William Haggas, her
trainer, nor James Doyle, who steered
her to a one-length win, seems convinced she will appreciate an extra
quarter-mile in the Oaks at Epsom
next month.
“She’s a three-year-old filly and
she’s won a recognised trial,” Haggas
said. “Her breeder [and owner,
Nicholas Jones] always thought the
one thing she would do is stay, so if he
would like to have a crack at the Oaks,
I’m not here to stop him.
“But I’m not convinced she’s going
to be better at a mile-and-a-half. She’s
super-game and really wants to win,
and I thought they looked like a nice
bunch, but we’ll see.”
Give And Take can be backed at 25-1
for the Oaks, a market headed by John
Gosden’s Lah Ti Dar at 5-2.
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one of Wilson’s biggest assets
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▼A delighted Wilson with the World
Cup after the defeat of West Germany
STRINGER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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Unruffled Wilson
a linchpin of the
1966 world-beaters
The left-back, who has died
aged 83, was an indispensable
and ever-present member of
Alf Ramsey’s winning
g lineup
p
Richard Williams
A
s the members of
Gareth Southgate’s
squad prepare
themselves for this
summer’s World Cup,
the news of the death
at the age of 83 of Ray Wilson, the
left-back in Alf Ramsey’s Boys of ’66,
comes as a sharp and poignant
reminder of a different time, when
a World Cup winner could retire
from the game and spend his
remaining decades as a professional
undertaker.
Like the Liverpool striker Roger
Hunt, Everton’s Wilson was destined
to be one of the less celebrated
members of Ramsey’s immortals.
But they were two without whose
honesty and diligence the Jules
Rimet Trophy could not have
been won.
Wilson was the oldest member
of the team that went out to face
West Germany in the final 52 years
ago, and the most experienced.
He was 31, and had won the first
of his 63 caps in 1960, in a 1-1
draw with Scotland, under Walter
Winterbottom. He had played in all
of England’s four matches at the 1962
World Cup in Chile, including the
quarter-final defeat by Brazil that in
effect ended Winterbottom’s reign.
His right to his place in the 1966 side
was unquestioned.
In the last two matches of the
tournament he was up against
Portugal’s José Augusto and then
West Germany’s Helmut Haller. But
Wilson was seldom ruffled, even by
the street-smart Haller, and more
than earned his place as the fourth
man alongside the West Ham trio
of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and
Martin Peters in the handsome
statue that stands today near the
entrance to Upton Park.
He was born in Shirebrook, a
small Derbyshire town whose
salient feature in those days – no
longer, of course – was its coal mine
and that was also, less predictably,
the birthplace of the actors John
Hurt and Jason Statham. He was
christened Ramon simply because
his mother liked the name. His
parents split up when he was seven
Wilson rejected a
life of celebrity
Infantino faces battle with Uefa
over his $25bn expansion plan
David Conn
A proposal by the Fifa president,
Gianni Infantino, to expand the Club
World Cup dramatically and to start a
league for national teams, for a claimed
$25bn from unidentified investors, has
met strong criticism from within Uefa.
Infantino, who faces re-election
next year, presented the proposal
in March for a new summer 24-club
World Cup every four years, and a
“Global Nations League” with a final
eight-country round of matches, also
every four years. He has told Fifa’s six
confederations, including Uefa, that
the investors are promising the projected $25bn for four editions of each
– an unusual occurrence, as he
pointed out to the Guardian’s Simon
Hattenstone, at that time and in that
sort of working-class community.
When he was about 13, Wilson ran
away from home and stayed away
until he was found six weeks later.
The arrival of a stepfather he liked
helped to settle him down and at
15 he went to work on the railways,
cleaning and repairing wagons. But
at 17 a schoolteacher put in a word
with Huddersfield Town, and his
destiny was set.
Wilson played for the West
Yorkshire club as an amateur before,
like most of the footballers of his
generation, he had to endure 18
months of national service. On his
return in 1952 he was invited to sign
professional forms by Huddersfield’s
manager, Bill Shankly. Twelve
years and 266 league appearances
later he followed Shankly’s path to
Merseyside – not to Anfield but to
Goodison Park, where he played
a further 116 league matches as a
pa
part of the Everton side managed
b
y Harry Catterick. Alongside such
by
sta
stars as Alex Young, Derek Temple
an
and Brian Labone, he collected an FA
Cu
Cup winner’s medal in 1966.
In that summer’s World Cup
the entire England defence – from
Go
Gordon Banks in goal to Nobby
Sti
Stiles in the screening midfield role,
wi
with a back four of George Cohen,
Jac
Jack Charlton, Bobby Moore and
Wi
Wilson – played every minute of
all their six matches while Ramsey
tin
tinkered with players such as Jimmy
competition over 12 years between
2021 and 2033. The investors were
described as “among the world’s most
solid” but are unnamed, as Infantino
said he had signed a non-disclosure
agreement.
Infantino has held talks with
seven top European clubs, including
Manchester United and Manchester
City, about the plan, which could
promise participating clubs an average of $94m each. City and United have
not commented publicly but senior
representatives of Real Madrid and
Barcelona have reacted positively.
When the proposal was first presented to a Fifa council meeting,
Sir Bobby Charlton led the tributes
after the death of Ray Wilson, a
team-mate when England won
the World Cup in 1966. Wilson had
been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease in 2004.
“Ray was an excellent team-mate
at international level for many years
and a close friend,” Charlton said on
Manchester United’s website. “We
shared some wonderful memories
throughout our career and I had the
pleasure of being his room-mate.”
Another to remember Wilson was
Sir Gordon Banks, who said: “He was
a world-class player without any
question. There were players we just
couldn’t do without ... and he was
one of them.”
A statement from his first club
read: “Ray is arguably the most
successful and best-known player
ever to pull on a Huddersfield Town
shirt, having been a key member of
England’s World Cup-winning team
in 1966.”
His second club, Everton,
described him as “unquestionably
one of the finest footballers to wear
the royal blue jersey”.
England’s captain in 1966 Bobby
Moore, who died in 1993, once
spoke affectionately of Wilson. “It
was a comfort to play alongside
him,” he said. “He was a fiery little
fellow, who would stand up to all the
pressure.” Guardian sport
Greaves, Terry Paine, Ian Callaghan
and John Connelly in the more
advanced areas. “We were basically
a defensive team,” Wilson told the
journalist David Miller 30 years
later. “That was the first quality of
the team.”
But they could play, too, of
course, not least their left-back, a
slight figure by comparison with
Cohen on the opposite flank but
always a resourceful footballer, able
to rely on an ability to read the game
and anticipate his direct opponent’s
moves. At that stage he was one of
the England players with a chance of
making a World XI.
On his retirement in 1971, after
brief spells with Oldham Athletic
and Bradford City, Wilson and his
wife, Pat, returned to Huddersfield.
There he set up his own undertaking
firm, training in the arts of the
mortician under the supervision of
his father-in-law, having returned
to school to gain the O-level
certificates necessary to gain his
professional qualifications.
Wilson was and remained an
unpretentious man whose nature
did not permit him to feel envy for
the greater acclaim and celebrity
bestowed on team-mates such as
Bobby Charlton, Moore and Hurst.
Few men can have so thoroughly
embodied the virtues and values of
the post-war English professional
footballer, plying his trade at a
time when he and his colleagues
were still recognisably members of
the human race.
Infantino is reported to have said the
investors required an answer within
60 days, a deadline that ran out this
week. Fifa’s council members asked
for more information and widespread
objections have since been made to
the plan, regarding the impact the
club competition and the windfall to
already-rich clubs would have on other
clubs and leagues, the playing burden
on top players – which Fifa believes
will not be onerous – and the anonymity of the investors.
After a meeting in Lyon yesterday
before the Europa League final, Uefa’s
professional football strategy council
(PFSC) said that its members “unani-
mously expressed serious reservations
about the process … and in particular
the hasty timing and lack of concrete
information”.
The PFSC, chaired by the Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, incorporates the European Club Association,
the European Professional Football
Leagues and the European division of
the players’ union, Fifpro. Manchester
United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed
Woodward, is an ECA representative
on the PFSC and was party to the critical statement.
Infantino intends to continue discussions and to secure agreement
before the World Cup starts on 14 June.
Charlton leads tributes
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Sport
Football Europa League final
Griezmann double inspires
Atlético to be kings of Lyon
Marseille
0
Atlético Madrid
3
Griezmann 21 49, Gabi 89
Jonathan Wilson
Groupama Stadium
Another success for Diego Simeone
and Atlético, and another success for
Spain in the Europa League. Eight of
the past nine winners of European
competitions have been Spanish – and
Real Madrid could made it nine out of
10 in Kiev next week.
La Liga has also provided nine winners of the Europa League in the past
15 years and this was a third in nine
seasons for Atlético, two of them under
Simeone – although he was confined
to the stands in Lyon last night after
he was sent from the touchline during
the first leg of the semi-final against
Arsenal.
It was not a final that will live long
in the memory. Atlético played as
they tend to at their best, holding
their opponents at arm’s length, spoiling when they need to, and winning
comfortably without really seeming
to extend themselves. Marseille gifted
them the first and were not without
blame for the second, while the third
was the result of a smart counter
against weary opponents. The first
two also involved ruthless finishes
from Antoine Griezmann.
The boyhood Marseille fan is likely
to leave Atlético for Barcelona in the
summer, which perhaps leaves a bit-
tersweet note, but Atlético are familiar
enough by now with the selling reality.
There is much sniffiness about the
Europa League but there is a sense in its
later stages that it is what the European
Cup used to be. These are big clubs
but not superclubs, teams crafted
through careful work in the transfer
market rather than epic splurges every
summer, teams for whom success is
not a given, a privilege of rank, but
must be scrapped for and is perhaps
appreciated rather more as a result.
And Atlético, as Rudi Garcia pointed
out, are bigger than his Marseille side,
far more experienced in major games.
“This season was a tough one,” said
Simeone, “but this Europa League represents more than the Europa League
trophy – it shows the value of hard work
and persistence, or keeping at it and
working hard. We lost two Champions
League finals [in the recent past]. We
didn’t start the Champions League
very well [this time] but reinvented
ourselves in this competition. All that
hard work will bear fruit in the end.”
And let nobody suggest to Marseille
fans the Europa League does not matter. In the stands, their white shirts
outnumbered the red-and-white of
Atlético by around three to one. They
were noisy and raucous and before a
kick-off delayed by the overrunning
of the pre-match entertainment, set
off dozens of red flares, swaddling the
arena in thick smoke that lingered for
most of the game – certainly for longer
than Marseille’s hope of success.
Valère Germain missed a great early
chance after being slipped in by Dimitri
Payet but after that Atlético were rarely
threatened.
With German Burgos, promoted to
a starring role because of Simeone’s
touchline ban, glowering from the edge
of the technical area, Atlético slowly
squeezed the life out of Marseille. Burgos is also a former Atlético goalkeeper
and, like Simeone, seems to embody
the club’s self-image. He ended his first
▲ Steve
Mandanda is
left helpless
as the
outstanding
Antoine
Griezmann
scores with a
delicate chip
Atlético’s
players
celebrate
with the
Europa League
trophy after
cruising
to a 3-0
victory
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(Cro) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (0); M Sakkari (Gre) bt K Pliskova (Cz) 3-6
6-3 7-5; J Konta (GB) bt Hsieh S-w (Tai) 6-0 6-4;
A Kontaveit (Est) bt S Kuznetsova (Rus) 7-5 7-5;
A Sevastova (Lat) bt A Krunic (Ser) 6-4 6-4; A Kerber (Ger)
bt I-C Begu (Rom) 3-6 7-5 7-5.
Results
Cycling
Football
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Final
Marseille
55,768
(0) 0
Atlético Madrid
Griezmann 21 49
Gabi 89
(1) 3
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Play-offs: Semi-final: Second leg
Rotherham
(1) 2
Wood 45, Vaulks 63
(agg 4-2)
Scunthorpe
11,061
(0) 0
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Manchester City 5 Yeovil 0; Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE TWO
Watford 0 Sheffield FC 5
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Mumbai Mumbai Indians 186-8 (KA Pollard 50; AJ Tye
4-16). Kings XI Punjab 183-5 (KL Rahul 94, AJ Finch 46).
Mumbai won by three runs.
Tennis
ATP/WTA INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA (Rome, Italy)
Men: Second round: A Ramos-Viñolas (Sp) bt J Isner (US)
6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (5); F Fognini (It) bt D Thiem (Aut) 6-4
1-6 6-3; R Nadal (Sp) bt D Dzumhur (Bos) 6-1 6-0;
N Djokovic (Ser) bt N Basilashvili (Geo) 6-4 6-2;
P Carreño-Busta (Sp) bt S Johnson (US) 6-4 2-6 6-4;
K Nishikori (Jpn) bt G Dimitrov (Bul) 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-4;
A Bedene (Svn) bt K Anderson (SA) 6-4 ret; M Cilic (Cro) bt
R Harrison (US) 6-7 (3) 6-1 7-6 (1); K Edmund (GB) bt
L Pouille (Fr) 6-2 7-6 (3).
Women: Second round: S Halep (Rom) bt N Osaka (Jpn)
6-1 6-0; C Garcia (Fr) bt T Babos (Hun) 6-3 6-4;
D Kasatkina (Rus) bt D Collins (US) 6-2 6-3; S Stephens
GIRO D’ITALIA
Stage 11 (Assisi-Osimo, 156km): 1 S Yates (GB) MitcheltonScott 3hr 25min 53sec; 2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Sunweb +2sec;
3 D Formolo (It) Bora-Hansgrohe +5;
4 A Geniez (Fr) AG2R La Mondiale +8; 5 D Pozzovivo (It)
Bahrain-Merida; 6 P Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe;
7 T Pinot (Fr) Groupama-FDJ all same time;
8 M Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors +11; 9 R Dennis
(Aus) BMC Racing +18; 10 F Aru (It) UAE Team Emirates
+21; 11 R Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar +23; 12 G Bennett (NZ)
LottoNL-Jumbo s/t; 13 D Ulissi (It) UAE Team Emirates +26;
14 C Betancur (Col) Movistar +30; 15 MA López (Col) Astana
s/t; 16 T Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix All +33; 23 C Frome (GB)
Team Sky +40.
Leading overall: 1 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott 47hr 8min
21sec; 2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Sunweb +47sec; 3 T Pinot (Fr)
Groupama-FDJ +1min 4sec; 4 D Pozzovivo (It) BahrainMerida +1:18; 5 R Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar +1:56;
6 G Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo +2:09; 7 R Dennis (Aus)
BMC Racing +2:36; 8 P Bilbao (Sp) Astana +2:54; 9 P Konrad
(Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe +2:55; 10 F Aru (It) UAE Team
Emirates +3:10; 11 MA López (Col) Astana +3:17;
12 C Froome (GB) Team Sky +3:20; 13 B O’Connor (Aus)
Dimension Data +3:25; 14 C Betancur (Col) Movistar +3:29;
15 S Oomen (Neth) Sunweb +3:40; 16 M Woods (Can) EF
Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale +3:43.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA (US)
Stage three (King City - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,
197km): 1 T Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 4hr 52min 47sec;
2 S Bennett (US) Hagens Berman Axeon +3sec; 3 C Ewan
(Aus) Mitchelton-Scott +8; 4 P Sagan (Svk) BoraHansgrohe; 5 E Bernal (Col) Team Sky; 6 A Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott; 7 A Howes (US) EF Education First-Drapac
p/b Cannondale; 8 T-J Slagter (Neyj) Dimension Data;
9 B Bookwalter (US) BMC Racing; 10 W Barta (US) Hagens
Berman Axeon; 11 S Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale;
12 B McNulty (US) Rally Cycling; 13 C Gautier (Fr) AG2R La
Mondiale; 14 G Mannion (US) UnitedHealthcare;
15 R Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo all same time.
Leading overall: 1 E Bernal (Col) Team Sky 12hr 09min
08sec; 2 R Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe +25sec; 3 A Yates
(GB) Mitchelton-Scott +31; 4 A Tolhoek (Neth) LottoNLJumbo +40; 5 K Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates;
6 D Martínez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b
Cannondale both s/t; 7 M Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
+50; 8 T van Garderen (US) BMC Racing +01min 00sec;
9 R Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo +01:11; 10 L De Plus
(Bel) Quick-Step Floors +01:14; 11 T Geoghegan Hart (GB)
Team Sky +01:20; 12 B McNulty (US) Rally Cycling +01:25;
13 E Ravasi (It) UAE Team Emirates +01:42; 14 N Conci (It)
Trek-Segafredo +02:07; 15 P Stetina (US) Trek-Segafredo
+02:21.
Baseball
MAJOR LEAGUE
Arizona 2 Milwaukee 1; Atlanta 2 Chicago Cubs 3; Boston 3
Oakland 5; Detroit 9 Cleveland 8; Kansas City 5 Tampa Bay
6; LA Angels 3 Houston 5; Miami 4 LA Dodgers 2; Minnesota
4 St Louis 1; NY Mets 12 Toronto 2; Pittsburgh 7 Chicago
White Sox 0; San Diego 4 Colorado 0; San Francisco 5
Cincinnati 3; Seattle 9 Texas 8 (11 Innings).
Basketball
NBA PLAY-OFFS
Western Conference: Final Boston 107 Cleveland 94
(Boston lead best-of-sevenh series 2-0).
Ice hockey
NHL PLAY-OFFS
Western Conference: Final Washington 2 Tampa Bay 4
(Washington lead best-of-seven series 2-1).
Fixtures
Football
Sky Bet League Two
Play-offs: Semi-final: Second leg Exeter (0) v Lincoln City
(0) (7.45pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Play-offs: Final: First leg Livingston v Partick (7.45pm)
Cricket
(11am unless stated)
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group
Old Trafford Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (2pm)
Northampton Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Edgbaston Warwickshire v Derbyshire
South Group
Radlett Middlesex v Essex
Hove Sussex v Kent
In brief
have to stay motivated, but the
games just get bigger.” PA
Chelsea
European Under-17 Championship
England face tough
exam against Dutch
The England Under-17s manager,
Steve Cooper, believes his players
have already passed numerous
tests with flying colours – but their
toughest exam is yet to come. The
Young Lions face the Netherlands
in today’s semi-final at Chesterfield,
after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Norway.
Manchester City’s Tommy Doyle,
Chelsea’s Tino Anjorin and Arsenal’s
Bukayo Saka – and three players on
standby – are preparing for their
GCSEs and Cooper has praised the
way they have handled the pressure
of a major home tournament and
their studies. “It’s a unique situation
and the players are living the dream
but they’re doing GCSEs at the same
time. It’s a stressful time and it’s
really important we have the right
support around the players. This is
where it really ramps up and you
Blues fined by FA over
Huddersfield fracas
Chelsea have accepted a Football
Association charge and been
fined £20,000 after players and
coaches surrounded referee Lee
Mason at half-time during last
Wednesday’s 1-1 Premier League
draw with Huddersfield. PA
League One
Wood and Vaulks seal
final spot for Millers
Rotherham booked a place in
the League One play-off final
against Shrewsbury after beating
Scunthorpe 2-0 last night thanks to
goals either side of half-time from
Richard Wood and Will Vaulks at the
New York Stadium. The scores were
level at 2-2 after last week’s first leg
but Paul Warne’s side dominated
and were two goals ahead by the
time the visitors’ Rory McArdle was
sent off for a second yellow card. PA
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Madrid derby spattered with blood
after saving a Luis Figo penalty with
his nose, and was the front man for a
rock band called The Garb. In 2003,
he was diagnosed with cancer but
survived.
A mulleted, bearded barrel of a man,
he paced back and forth, pointing and
shrugging, hands flicking from his hips
to sweep through his still lustrous dark
hair. Vitally, his frustrated gesticulations got Atlético pressing high enough
to disrupt Marseille as they sought to
pass out from the back. That induced
the opener as Steve Mandanda played
an awkward ball to André Zambo
Anguissa who miscontrolled. With
the two centre-backs split, Gabi could
not have had an easier pass to play in
Griezmann for a straightforward finish.
Worse followed for Marseille as
they lost Payet to what appeared to
be a tweaked groin. It later emerged he
had broken the cardinal superstition
and had touched the trophy on his way
on to the field. He was in tears as he
left the pitch and received a hug and
kiss on the cheek from Griezmann, his
France team-mate.
The possibility of a Marseille come-
back was significantly diminished four
minutes into the second half, moreover, with Griezmann sending a bouncing ball infield for Koke, whose return
pass found a gaping hole between the
centre-back Adil Rami and the fullback Jordan Amavi. Griezmann ran
on and deftly clipped his shot over
Mandanda.
In an age in which it can seem as
though no lead is ever truly safe, there
is a welcome solidity to Atlético. There
was a minor scare as Kostas Mitroglou
headed against a post but no Simeone
side were ever going to give up a twogoal lead. Gabi’s slick third merely
confirmed what had long seemed
inevitable.
on that, and have ended a promising
season without a trophy, Hayes has
reconstructed her side, again, into
one of the world’s best despite an
ever-improving field around her.
Hayes’s ability to sign players who
dramatically improve her squad is
enviable and it is hard to see where
she has put a foot wrong. After City’s
title win, Hayes brought in Ramona
Bachmann from Wolfsburg and the
Swiss forward has shone alongside
Kirby and Ji So-yun, her two goals
in this year’s FA Cup final the icing
on the cake. Deanna Cooper arrived
from London Bees at a similar time
and was a mainstay in the Chelsea
defence as they won the Spring
Series (the mini-season designed
to bridge the gap between the old
summer league and new winter
one). A cruciate ligament injury
ruled her out for most of this WSL
season but she returned in Chelsea’s
last home game.
Hayes, recognising defensive
weakness before the campaign,
brought in Sweden’s Magdalena
Eriksson and Norway’s Maria
Thorisdottir and, in January,
Andersson and Anita Asante.
Having signed a contract
extension until 2021, Hayes will,
despite having two new familial
team-mates set to disrupt things,
be preparing to rebuild and recruit
again as the captain, Katie Chapman,
leaves, the striker Eni Aluko moves
on, Claire Rafferty departs after 10
years and others look set to go too.
Having lifted Chelsea from five
points behind City in 2016 to nine
points clear with a game to play,
Hayes means business. Next on the
hit list is the elusive Champions
League and increasing her five major
trophies in west London. If history is
anything to go by, she is the manager
capable of doing it.
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Champions League next
for Hayes after title win
Suzanne Wrack
C
helsea travelled to
Bristol City on Tuesday
needing a point to
clinch the Women’s
Super League title, and
thereby the double,
with one game to play. They have
produced some stunning freeflowing attacking football but that
was not on display on this occasion.
Instead, the Blues showed the grit of
champions as they ground out a 2-0
win with what the striker Fran Kirby,
who provided the assist for Jonna
Andersson’s goal, described as an
average performance.
One person absent from the
touchline and the celebrations, yet
overwhelmingly responsible for the
team’s success, was Emma Hayes.
Rather than shouting and leaping
from her seat in the dugout, the
Chelsea manager watched her team
clinch their second double – her
double double if you like – from her
sofa at home, with an altogether
different double on her mind: the
imminent arrival of twins. Hayes is
35 weeks pregnant and this season
she has juggled a phenomenal
campaign with the emotional and
physical demands of pregnancy.
It is an incredible feat and has put
the 41-year-old in a bigger spotlight.
Yet her management, recruitment
and development of players deserve
the spotlight on their own.
Hayes joined Chelsea in 2012,
replacing Matt Beard, who moved
to Liverpool. Two years into her
Chelsea reign the side narrowly
missed out on the WSL1 title – on
the last day of the season to Beard’s
Liverpool – and a squad overhaul,
which included signing Kirby for a
British record fee, put Chelsea on
a firm footing for 2015. That year,
Chelsea won their first double. An FA
Cup final victory over Notts County
was followed by an emphatic 4-0
win at home to Sunderland to seal
the league.
It confirmed what Hayes is good
at: analysing the strengths and
weaknesses of her players, finding
ways to pull more out of them than
they might have thought possible,
and working out how to take her
team to the next level.
It is what she has done this season
too. The arrival of Manchester City
on the women’s football scene
offered a different challenge and
they toppled Chelsea from their
perch in 2016, Nick Cushing’s side
winning the league by five points.
But whereas City have failed to build
▲ Emma Hayes is expecting twins and
saw Chelsea lift the title from her sofa
Aluko to leave Chelsea
Eni Aluko has announced she is
leaving Chelsea Ladies. The striker
helped Chelsea secure this season’s
Women’s FA Cup and Women’s
Super League title but has not been
a consistent starter for Emma Hayes’
side. “After 5 yrs & 150+ appearances
it’s with a heavy heart I’ll be leaving
ChelseaFC,” Aluko tweeted. “I
couldn’t dream of a better ending.
To my teammates, the club and fans
THANKYOU.” PA
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Sport
Football Managerial merry-go-round
Everton battle
to appoint Silva
while West Ham
court Pellegrini
Arrogant Allardyce
a misfit at Goodison
Everton were in no danger of
relegation by Christmas yet
the manager squandered the
chance to show some style
Andy Hunter
I
t was overshadowed at the
time by his tales of Romelu
Lukaku and voodoo, late-night
calls from Jim White and Ross
Barkley’s contract demands,
but even now, four months
on, it is staggering to recall Farhad
Moshiri telling Everton’s AGM he
decided to give Sam Allardyce the
most important job at the club
after reading the former England
manager’s autobiography. No
Evertonian at the Philharmonic
Hall in January needed to flick
through Big Sam to confirm
suspicions the latest chapter would
end acrimoniously and swiftly.
His was a desperate and ill-judged
appointment, and his removal alone
will not rectify the serious drift at
Goodison Park.
Allardyce leaves Everton after
six miserable months with his
reputation as a survival specialist
intact. Therein lies the failure.
Everton, as the 63-year-old
admitted when installed as
Ronald Koeman’s replacement in
November, represented the best
opportunity of his club career to
shatter preconceptions about his
management style.
He succeeded only in confirming
they were legitimate. Wretched
football on a weekly basis, taking
responsibility for victory while
abdicating it in defeat and an
arrogant dismissal of supporters
were not the basis for building
consensus or hope for the future.
Not that the Everton hierarchy have
delivered on that score.
Yes, Allardyce inherited a weak
squad, but it was a squad clear from
relegation danger by Christmas after
a seven-game unbeaten start to his
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reign. Allardyce had five months to
implement improvements in style,
performance and results while
showing he was invested in Everton
for the long term. He did not deliver
on any count. The anaemic defeat
at West Ham last Sunday, coming
after the manager had given players
several days off in the buildup, was
a fitting farewell to an appalling
season from all concerned.
In fairness to those who
ignored Allardyce’s unsuitability
and oversaw the unpopular
appointment, there was a sensible
economic reason for seeking
insurance when the team floundered
earlier in the season. Those behind
the decision were Moshiri, the
then director of football, Steve
Walsh, and the directors Alexander
Ryazantsev and Keith Harris, who
were promoted to chief finance
and commercial officer and deputy
chairman, respectively, on Tuesday.
Everton’s unexpected regression
on the pitch coincided with the
club negotiating with Liverpool
city council and global financial
institutions for the £500m required
to build a new stadium at Bramley
Moore dock. The strength of
Everton’s case to lenders is based, in
part, on being a safe Premier League
concern that has been ever-present
in the top flight since 1954. This was
not the season to demonstrate the
fragility of that proud record by even
flirting with relegation.
Allardyce’s detractors have
argued Everton were never seriously
in peril and his claim to have
inherited “chaos” from a caretaker
manager in David Unsworth who
was “struggling to cope” was part
of a self-serving PR strategy. There
is an element of truth to both sides.
▲ Everton’s Cenk Tosun reacts during
their final day defeat at West Ham
Watford’s compensation
claim a complication for
Moshiri’s prime target
Andy Hunter and Jacob Steinberg
Everton and West Ham hope to
make swift appointments after Sam
Allardyce and David Moyes left
their respective managerial posts
yesterday.
In a day of major change at
Goodison Park, Allardyce’s miserable
six-month spell ended with the sack
and Marcel Brands was appointed the
director of football to replace Steve
Walsh, who has also left. The majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s first-
Everton were 13th but only five
points above the relegation zone
following Unsworth’s final game in
charge, a 4-0 victory over West Ham
that Allardyce shamelessly claimed
as his own. That and many other
erroneous boasts fuelled supporters’
antagonism as much as football
devoid of joy or entertainment.
Allardyce talked frequently of
planning for next season but never
convinced anyone that Everton
was anything other than one brief,
lucrative and possibly final job.
He was up against it from the start
in that respect. Moshiri initially
offered him a six-month contract
having been unable to prise Marco
Silva from Watford. It took five
weeks, culminating in a 5-1 home
defeat by Atalanta and a 4-1 loss at
Southampton in the space of four
calamitous days, before the major
shareholder bowed to Allardyce’s
demands for an 18-month deal
without a break clause.
The club exposed Allardyce
to ridicule with the survey that
asked club members to rate his
performance on a scale of zero to
10. It may have been a wide-ranging
survey, it may have been a repeat of
last year’s exercise under Koeman,
but its publication this year, when
Allardyce was regularly being told
where to go during away games,
reflected the leadership vacuum in a
business getting the details wrong.
The Monaco-based Moshiri is
expected to acquire a majority stake
in Everton soon and can ill-afford
his third managerial failure with the
team regressing from the top six and
the stadium vision yet to take shape.
The rate of change occurring at
Goodison is recognition of the need
for improvement. PSV Eindhoven’s
technical director, Marcel Brands,
has been appointed as the new
director of football in place of Walsh,
who presided over a disastrous
recruitment policy and will leave.
The deputy chief executive, Denise
Barrett-Baxendale, has been
confirmed as Robert Elstone’s
replacement, with the chief executive
switching sports to Super League
after 13 years. The growing influence
of Harris and Ryazantsev behind
the scenes was also recognised in
Tuesday’s executive restructure.
That leaves the not insignificant
matters of a stadium finance deal
and a fourth management team in
eight months to be resolved. Everton
are relieved of Allardyce but in many
respects are also back to square one.
choice replacement is the former Hull
and Watford manager Silva, who was
sacked by the Vicarage Road club in
January after a dramatic downturn
in results. That followed what Watford claimed was an “unwarranted
approach” by Everton that affected
the manager’s focus and team results.
Watford have made a complaint to
the Premier League over Everton’s
alleged illegal approach and talks
about compensation have failed to
reach an agreement. While Silva is out
of contract and technically available
to replace Allardyce, the dispute over
the approach complicates that process
and may lead to arbitration.
Everton are expected to reopen
talks with their Watford counterparts
this week in an attempt to resolve the
matter and have already made contact
with Silva’s representatives. He would
be the third manager appointed by
Moshiri since he acquired a 49.9%
stake in Everton in February 2016
with Roberto Martínez, a manager
he inherited, Koeman and Allardyce
also departing with large payoffs for
poor performances.
Brands, the technical director at
PSV Eindhoven since 2010, takes
over from Walsh, who paid the price
for a disastrous recruitment policy.
Everton have coveted the 56-yearold since last summer, with his work
in identifying young talent and
helping PSV to the Dutch title three
times in the past four seasons making him a target for several Premier
League clubs.
“We need to be competing for
honours against the Premier League
26
Number of games Allardyce
had at Everton.
10 wins
Allardyce talked
frequently of
planning for next
season but never
convinced anyone
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elite,” Brands said. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our
motivation each and every day.”
West Ham want to interview the former Manchester City manager Manuel
Pellegrini after Shakhtar Donetsk’s
Paulo Fonseca ruled himself out of
the running to replace Moyes.
The club are hoping to make an
appointment by the end of next week
after Moyes told David Sullivan, the
co-owner, he was no longer interested
in extending his stay. The pair had been
expected to meet next week but it is
understood the former Everton manager has decided to seek new opportunities after growing tired with his
treatment.
Moyes, whose six-month contract
expired on Sunday night, believed he
p
g
deserved a new deal after preserving
How they ranked
Allardyce and Moyes were among
this season’s top 11 managers, based
on points per game. (Min 10 games)
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2
3
4
5
6
7
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9
10
11
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J Mourinho
M Pochettino
J Klopp
A Conte
A Wenger
S Dyche
S Allardyce
C Puel
R Hodgson
D Moyes
24 P Clement
25 A Pardew
P
W
D
L
PPG
38
38
38
38
38
38
38
24
29
34
27
32
25
23
21
21
19
14
9
10
11
8
4
6
8
12
7
6
12
7
8
11
9
2
7
7
5
10
13
12
8
11
12
10
2.63
2.13
2.03
1.97
1.84
1.66
1.42
1.42
1.31
1.29
1.22
18 3
18 1
3 12 0.67
5 12 0.44
West Ham’s Premier League status.
Club officials were less sure and it
became clear during the season’s final
weeks they wanted to speak to others
before reaching a decision.
Sullivan met Fonseca and the agent
Jorge Mendes at his Essex home on
Monday afternoon and seemingly
positive discussions took place during
talks lasting 75 minutes.
Sources had warned West Ham
the Shakhtar manager was almost
certainly using the talks to flush out
better offers and it has since emerged
the 45-year-old is expected to renew
his contract with the Ukrainian
champions.
Pellegrini, who is in charge of
Hebei China Fortune is thought to be
interested in a return to Europe while
West Ham also admire Rafael Benítez,
▲ Manuel Pellegrini is interested
in returning from China to Europe
Hardball approach is
already looking risky
Sullivan’s
Sulli
attempt to assess
candidates for a ‘high-calibre’
cand
manager leaves co-owner
man
little margin for error
Jacob Steinberg
Jaco
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31
Number of games Moyes
had at West Ham.
Nine wins
Moyes spoke about
the need for better
training facilities
and criticised
the culture of leaks
ven as late as Tuesday
night, David Moyes had
the backing of one of
West Ham’s owners.
But when David Gold
appeared on Sky Sports
News to throw his support behind
Moye his words only heightened
Moyes,
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the growing
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hold final talks with Sullivan in the
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West Ham’s safety net has
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disappeared
and the situation
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is complicated
for Sullivan. The
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optimism
that greeted news of
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productive
talks with Fonseca has
given way to a sense of unease.
Sourc had warned West Ham the
Sources
45-ye
45-year-old
was likely to be using
them to flush out better offers and
it has since emerged he is likely to
extend his contract with Shakhtar.
One candidate has thus been
crossed off the list already and
supporters are bracing themselves
for more disappointment.
Sullivan risks stoking more
discontent if he cannot deliver on
his bold promise.
Naturally the early rumblings are
ambitious. Unai Emery, who has
been replaced by Thomas Tuchel
at Paris Saint-Germain, has been
a target for a while and West Ham
will ponder whether Newcastle’s
Rafael Benítez represents value for
money. The Spaniard would come at
a high price.
So would Manuel Pellegrini, who
is in charge of Hebei China Fortune.
West Ham have held early talks
with the former Manchester City
manager’s representatives and want
to give him a formal interview. Yet
Sevilla are also interested in the
Chilean, who led City to the Premier
League title in 2014, and his wages
could be a stumbling block.
There lies the rub, though. At
some stage West Ham are going to
have to pay the going rate if they
have designs on breaking into the
elite, which is how they sold the
move to the London Stadium to their
fans.
There has been plenty of big
talk but they have still not settled
in their new home. They have
been stalked by relegation fears
since leaving Upton Park in 2016,
were unable to stop Dimitri Payet
from returning to Marseille last
year and are described as the most
dysfunctional club in the Premier
League by one former executive,
who argued in private that they
▲ Manuel Lanzini hammers in a goal
against Everton in the season’s finale
Unai Emery, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and
David Wagner of Huddersfield.
Moyes, who wanted greater control
over transfers, adopted an increasingly
bullish tone. He criticised West Ham’s
culture of leaks, following his row with
Andy Carroll earlier this month, challenged his employers to match his
ambition and said the club had to make
improvements off the pitch in order to
become stronger on it. Yet he did not
feel he had Sullivan’s trust.
He felt he could provide West Ham
with stability and turn them into a topeight club with the right backing. Now
he is waiting for offers. His assistants,
Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy
McKinlay, have also left. Sullivan has
targeted a replacement for Henry and
is hopeful of appointing a director of
football in the next fortnight.
do not focus enough on analytics,
sports science and recruitment.
Fans chunter about West Ham
selling their soul for nothing, there
were protests during the 3-0 home
defeat to Burnley in March and it
did not go down well when Karren
Brady, the club’s vice-chairman,
wrote in her weekly Sun column
that “malcontents and keyboard
warriors” have undermined
attempts to improve the London
Stadium. Brady has been urged
from within the club to end her
association with the newspaper.
With chaos reigning off the pitch,
Moyes needed plenty of self-belief to
replace Slaven Bilic on a six-month
deal in November. His stock was low
after spells at Manchester United,
Real Sociedad and Sunderland, and
he inherited an unfit, ageing team.
He adopted an uncompromising
attitude and told his players they
would have to run harder.
The team gradually improved,
benefiting from greater organisation,
and Marko Arnautovic finally
showed why West Ham broke their
transfer record to sign him last
summer. The Austrian ended the
season with 11 league goals after
being moved up front by Moyes,
who found a way to adapt to his lack
of resources, hitting on a 3-4-2-1
system that papered over the holes
in his unbalanced squad.
Moyes also dealt with a frustrating
January window, which ended with
Tony Henry being sacked as the head
of recruitment following offensive
comments about African footballers,
and a daunting injury list. Moyes
kept his nerve, took on senior
players when they stepped out of
line and earned respect around the
club for his diligent preparation.
Some players felt his methods
were old-fashioned but Moyes had
plans to emulate his successes at
Everton by turning West Ham into a
top-eight club. He spoke about the
need for better training facilities
and criticised the club’s culture of
news leaks. He pushed for greater
control over signings and wanted
West Ham to be cannier in the
transfer market.
He could have given them
stability and it is telling that figures
close to Moyes have pointed out
Gold wanted him to stay. The
problem was convincing the person
who mattered most. Sullivan wanted
to keep his options open but he
cannot afford to get his next move
wrong.
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Football World Cup 2018
50
Goalkeepers
Jack Butland
Age 25 Caps 7
Stoke
Defenders
Midfielders
Midfield
Phil Jones
Age 26 Caps 24
Man Utd
Eric Dier
A
Age 24 Caps 25
Tottenham
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Age 19 Caps 0
Liverpool
Jordan Pickford
Age 24 Caps 2
Everton
Nick Pope
Age 26 Caps 0
Burnley
Gary Cahill
Age 32 Caps 58
Chelsea
Jor
Jordan
Henderson
A 27 Caps 38
Age
Liverpool
Kyle Walker
Age 27 Caps 34
Man City
Fabian Delph
Age 28 Caps 9
Man City
449
Total number of England caps at
time of squad announcement for
last five World Cups:
2018 449
2014 657
2010 820
2006 738
2002 550
5
Only five players in Southgate’s
23-man squad from the 23 picked
by Roy Hodgson for the 2014 finals:
Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck,
Sterling. By comparison, 12 from
2006 World Cup squad were picked
in 2010
10
Dele Alli (below) is one of five
Spurs players in Southgate’s
selection: Tottenham (5)
Manchester City (4) Manchester
United (4) Chelsea (2) Leicester (2)
Liverpool (2) Arsenal
A
(1) Burnley (1)
Everton (1) Stoke (1)
England’s
World Cup 23
Kieran Trippier
Age 27 Caps 5
Tottenham
John Stones
Age 23 Caps 24
Man City
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
heek
Age 22 Caps 2
Chelsea
Danny Rose
Age 27 Caps 16
Tottenham
Harry Maguire
Age 25 Caps 4
Leicester
Jesse Lingard
ard
Age 25 Capss 10
d
Man Utd
Dele Alli
Age 22 Caps 23
Tottenham
Ashley Young
Age 32 Caps 33
Man Utd
Southgate offers
‘squad we can be
excited about’ to
rule in Russia
Dominic Fifield
d
The uncapped Liverpool teenager
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been
included in England’s squad for the
World Cup after Gareth Southgate
revealed a youthful 23-man party
“which we can be excited about” for
the tournament in Russia.
The 19-year-old joins a squad with
only 11 previous appearances at the
finals and only five survivors from Roy
Hodgson’s party who failed to emerge
from the group stage in Brazil four
years ago. Gary Cahill, recalled after
his omission for the friendlies against
the Netherlands and Italy in March, is
one of that quintet and now finds himself the most experienced with 58 caps.
With an average age marginally over 26,
this will be the third youngest squad
selected by England for a World Cup.
There are places for Ruben LoftusCheek, who was capped twice in
November and enjoyed an impressive year on loan at Crystal Palace
from Chelsea, and Manchester City’s
Fabian Delph, whose last cap came in
November 2015. Adam Lallana, who
managed a solitary Premier League
start for Liverpool all season and
whose 16-minute cameo on the final
afternoon represented a first involvement in six weeks, has only been
selected among five standby players.
As anticipated, there is no place for Joe
Hart, Ryan Bertrand or Jack Wilshere,
while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and
Joe Gomez are injured.
“I believe this is a squad which we
can be excited about,” said Southgate,
who will welcome all but the contingent from the FA Cup finalists,
Chelsea and Manchester United, and
Liverpool, as Champions League finalists, to St George’s Park on Monday. “It
is a young group but with some really
important senior players, so I feel the
balance of the squad is good, both in
terms of its experience, its character
and also the positional balance.
“We have a lot of energy and
athleticism but players who are
equally comfortable in possession
of the ball and I think people can see
the style of play we’ve been looking
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▼ Ashley Young tweeted a vintage
photo to celebrate his squad place
Forwards
26yr 18d
Average age of England players at
the start of the tournament
Raheem Sterling
Age 23 Caps 37
Man City
Harry Kane
Age 24 Caps 23
Tottenham
2018
26y 18d
2014
26y 207d
2010
28y 340d
2006
25y 286d
2002
27y 59d
1998
28y 24d
1990
28y 97d
1986
26y 297d
1982
27y 145d
1970
27y 230d
1966
27y 55d
1962
26y 40d
1958
25y 81d
1954
28y 263d
1950
28y 325d
Jamie Vardy
Age 31 Caps 21
Leicester
Marcus Rashford
Age 20 Caps 17
Man Utd
15
Leadin international scorers
Leading
ers in
Englan
England’s World Cup squad::
115
5 Dan
Danny Welbeck (right)
12 Ha
Harry Kane
7 Jam
Jamie Vardy, Ashley Youngg
Road to Russia
2 June Nigeria
Wembley 5.15pm
4 June Final squad deadline
7 June Costa Rica
Elland Road, 8pm
12 June Arrival in Russia
18 June Tunisia
Volgograd, 7pm
24 June Panama
Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm
28 June Belgium
Kaliningrad, 7pm
Danny Welbeck
Age 27 Caps 37
Arsenal
to develop. The selection process has
been over months really, it’s not just
been the last few weeks. We feel the
team are improving and we want to
continue that.”
Only in 1958 and 2006 did England
travel to a World Cup with a younger
squad and 11 of the 23 have fewer than
20 caps.
Alexander-Arnold, who has made
three appearances for the under-21s,
has made the most of the absence
through injury of Nathaniel Clyne and
Gomez for long periods and played a
key role in the Liverpool’s Champions
League victories over Manchester City
and Roma.
Southgate has monitored his
progress closely. “The first call-up
for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well
Manager puts
faith in youth
for World Cup
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summer?” Klopp wanted to know,
wearing a smile that revealed he
knew the answer.
The plane had just touched
down in Málaga when the Football
Association announced England’s
squad and in the absence of any
controversy – and let’s face it, the
absence of Jack Wilshere and Jonjo
Shelvey is hardly up there with Paul
Gascoigne trashing Glenn Hoddle’s
hotel room in 1998 – the inclusion
of Alexander-Arnold should be a
reminder that these are, in essence,
special moments for the players who
have made the cut.
Alexander-Arnold, brought
up just down the road from
Liverpool’s training ground, has a
Champions League final coming
up on Saturday week. After that,
he will be going to a World Cup, as
the youngest player in Southgate’s
squad. England have now taken
a teenager to their last four major
tournaments, a run featuring
Marcus Rashford at Euro 2016,
Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw
for the 2014 World Cup and Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack
Butland at Euro 2012.
Klopp kept it relatively low-key
and understandably so, perhaps,
when Adam Lallana, another
Liverpool player, has been left out
on the back of an injury-disrupted
season. Ideally, Southgate would
have liked Lallana in his starting
lineup but the England manager
concluded it would be difficult
selecting someone who has started
only three games all season.
Southgate was tempted but his
decision-making throughout this
whole process has been guided by
the principle that if a player was
not involved for his club side he
should not expect to be selected for
his country.
Southgate made that very point
in one of his first meetings with the
England players and, barring the
odd exception, he has stuck by it
during his 20 months in charge. His
choices will always divide opinion
– this being a nation of roughly
50 million England managers in
every World Cup year – but at least it
deserved,” he said. “When we pick
young players, it’s not just because
they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.”
Alexander-Arnold offers back-up
to Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker at
right wing-back and could be utilised
in midfield. The teenager, along with
his club-mate Jordan Henderson,
will link up with the squad after the
friendly with Nigeria, as Southgate is
insistent his players enjoy a week’s
break after the end of their club
seasons. The Football Association’s
medical staff are confident the knee
injury sustained by Trippier, which
sidelined him on the final day of the
season, will not hamper him, and they
will assess him again when he joins
the squad.
makes a change from the days when
someone in his position could be
guaranteed to pick their favourites
come what may.
Of the 23 players heading to
Russia, John Stones, with two
Premier League starts since 20
January, can count himself slightly
fortunate on that front. Equally,
could anyone muster a reasonable
case for the omission of the
Manchester City player?
Danny Rose might also consider
himself lucky to get the call ahead
of Ryan Bertrand after an in-out
season for Spurs. Likewise, it is not
so controversial that Southgate
should expect an interrogation on
the subject when he holds a news
conference at Wembley today.
As for Gary Cahill, he had been
vulnerable after falling out of favour
at Chelsea, meaning he was left
out of England’s games against the
Netherlands and Italy in March. Yet
Cahill’s return to the Chelsea team
has been timed well and, with 58
caps, his experience counts in his
favour bearing in mind the lack of
tournament knowhow among the
squad as a whole. Together, the
players chosen by Southgate have
a total of 449 appearances, the
lowest of any England squad for a
World Cup since 1962, when Walter
Winterbottom selected a group with
322 caps.
At least Lallana has made it on
to England’s standby list. Joe Hart,
on the other hand, does not even
have that small consolation, with
Burnley’s Tom Heaton the first
reserve in case any of the three
goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford,
Butland and Nick Pope – has to
withdraw before Fifa’s cutoff point
on 17 June, the day before England’s
opening assignment against Tunisia
at the Volgograd Arena.
Wilshere is also completely out
of the picture as far as Southgate is
concerned, with Lewis Cook and
Jake Livermore on the standby
list of midfielders, and there was
noticeably no mention of the Arsenal
player when the FA asked England’s
manager about the “tough phone
calls” to the nearly men.
S
Long gone are the days when World
Cup squad announcements were
made by managers in suits sitting
behind desks. Yesterday’s FA effort
was a slick video full of young
England fans shouting the names. It
split the social media crowd: some
welcomed the progress, others called
it “cringe”. 1.58m views, and counting.
outhgate spoke at length
about Hart and Bertrand
but did not extend his
sympathies to Wilshere.
Hart and Bertrand, he
pointed out, had been
prominently involved in England’s
qualification programme. Wilshere,
in contrast, had not played for
England since Euro 2016 and
Southgate, harsh as it may sound,
was being generous to call him on
Tuesday to explain the reasons for
leaving him out. Not every manager
would have felt it necessary.
The downside is that England’s
squad not only lacks an experienced
goalkeeper, an elite centre-half
and an inspirational captain but
still hasn’t solved the problem
of finding a natural playmaker –
someone to take care of the ball, the
old-fashioned way.
That, however, is a problem for
English football as a whole, not just
Southgate, and overall it is difficult
to argue too vehemently with his
choices. Southgate will just have to
hope Harry Kane, Sterling and his
other mandatory first-team picks
can play at the point of maximum
expression. Though the danger, of
course, is that we are now entering
what English football knows as the
metatarsal zone.
Southgate has spent time speaking
to those players who did not make the
final cut and while Wilshere has not
played since the Euro 2016 defeat to
Iceland, there were difficult conversations with Bertrand and Hart, who had
played significant parts in qualifying.
“Ryan and Joe have played a lot over
the last two years, so they’re not decisions we took lightly,” the manager
said. “I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved. With
Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers
who have had very good seasons. We
felt the players all needed to be in on
merit.
“Ryan is also very unfortunate in
that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had
a decent season but I just felt the oth-
ers were ahead of him. Both calls were
really tough.”
Neither has been included on the
standby list, with Lallana joined
by Burnley’s Tom Heaton and
James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook of
Bournemouth and West Brom’s Jake
Livermore. They will join the squad
at the training camp in the hope an
opportunity presents itself, with
Lallana to be promoted if any of the
forward options succumbs to injury.
“History tells us that one of those
standby players may end up in the
squad,” Southgate said. “All of the
guys have been really professional in
their approach to this. They recognise
there’s still an opportunity and we’ve
had a lot of conversations over time
about their situation.”
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