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Theresa May’s speech on terrorism and extremism – full text and audio

30 September 2014 12:24

Our values will prevail in the fight against terrorism and extremism Thank you, Alexander, for that thoughtful and inspiring speech. listen to ‘Theresa May's speech on terrorism and extremism’ on… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The ‘butcher’s bill’

30 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 3 October 1914: There has been a good deal of speculation of late as to the total sum of German casualties. It is clear that they are… Continue reading

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Podcast: George Osborne’s conference speech

29 September 2014 16:42

Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth were both at George Osborne’s speech this afternoon. Here’s a special podcast, with analysis of the speech and a look at what else we might expect… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: German courage and tenacity

29 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 3 October 1914: THERE is no great change to be chronicled in the western theatre of the war. The Germans still stick with splendid courage and tenacity… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A ‘five-footers’ regiment

28 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Devon recruiters are in despair at the raising of the standard of height to 5 ft. 6 in.,… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Aids to recruiting

27 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: [TO THE EDITOR of THE "SPECTATOR."] Sir,—I am having put up in our parish church a brass on which is inscribed the names of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: How it strikes the soldier

26 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: One knew, of course, perfectly well that there was a very good feeling between men and officers in the British Army, and that there… Continue reading

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Podcast: Cameron the radical, animal welfare and student sex

25 September 2014 10:14

How will Cameron be remembered in years to come? As a steady-as-she-goes pragmatist or a radical reformer? In actual fact, he’s both. No modern Tory leader has been so good… Continue reading

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Women making vulcanite rubber boots at the Kensington War Hospital supply depot.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Feet first

25 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: There is nothing that a soldier needs more than good footwear; he can fight if need be on an empty stomach, but he cannot… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A treat from a German private

24 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: Excellent use is made of captured documents, and we are treated to excerpts from a letter by a German private which deals with the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s ten-year plan speech – full text and audio

23 September 2014 17:09

This afternoon Ed Miliband gave his last speech to the Labour conference before the general election. There’s full text and audio, and here’s the analysis from the Coffee House team:… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Aerial warfare

23 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: The early afternoon papers of Friday publish a Reuter telegram to the effect that a Zeppelin flew over Ostend at eleven o’clock on Thursday evening,… Continue reading

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Ed Balls’ speech on balancing the books – full text and audio

22 September 2014 13:27

Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today.… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A costly experiment

22 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 26 September 1914: On Thursday the Press Bureau issued a very striking descriptive account of the situation at the front, written by “an eyewitness present with General Headquarters.” It… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Letters from the front

21 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 19 September 1914: WE have no war correspondents present with the forces, to our great loss; and we are now in the quaintly topsy-turvy position of reading… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Servants of the nation

20 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 19 September 1914: Friday’s Times contains a letter from Lord Cromer on “Germany and Ourselves” which will give a double pleasure to thousands of readers. Its wise and… Continue reading

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Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation

19 September 2014 17:54

Was Alex Salmond’s resignation a surprise? And what should the SNP do now that it has lost the referendum that it fought for over so many years? In a View… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s statement to the nation on devolution

19 September 2014 7:51

Here’s the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech this morning in reaction to the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum.  listen to ‘David Cameron's statement on devolution’ on… Continue reading

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The aftermath of Scotland’s ‘no’ vote

19 September 2014 7:17

We’re drawing this live blog to a close, but we’ll keep you updated on the day’s events in fresh posts on Coffee House. 09:52 The Union is saved – but at what cost? James Forsyth… Continue reading

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Scotland rejects independence – as it happened

18 September 2014 23:10

No has won the referendum. Scotland won’t become independent, but it will get new devolved powers, David Cameron promised this morning. Follow the developments on the PM’s plans to change the… Continue reading

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Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef

18 September 2014 20:04

James Forsyth Until that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal. But in the aftermath of that poll, people—finally—began to speak… Continue reading

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1914:  Members of the Serbian reserve forces, encamped near Belgrade.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A heroic little nation

18 September 2014 8:30

From ‘A review of the war’, The Spectator, 19 September 1914: It is the duty of all English publicists to make people here understand the splendid heroism with which the… Continue reading

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Podcast: Campaign errors, Scotland turns its back and Anglican wars over women bishops

18 September 2014 8:30

Scotland goes to the polls today, but whichever way the vote goes, it’s clear who lost the campaign: ‘No’ was outsmarted at every stage of the referendum battle. But how… Continue reading

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A group of Alpine Infantry soldiers camped at the foot of Mount Vilau in the Italian Alps during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Advice for Italy

17 September 2014 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’ in The Spectator, 19 September 1914: As friends of Italy, we feel bound to point out once more that she will make a capital error… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The cant of caution

16 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 19 September 1914: WHAT a nefarious little person is the captious critic! His watchword is caution, and he goes about damping down the fires of enthusiasm, only… Continue reading

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