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The Spectator at war: Attempts at invasion

25 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: Time being against her, a condition of stalemate on her frontiers is a hopeless business for Germany. Invasion, then, is a logical necessity. It is… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Our Russian allies

24 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: For years past the vodka monopoly in Russia has been a public scandal. Government officials, in order to get good financial returns, have connived… Continue reading

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Podcast: Europe, counties and hipsters

23 October 2014 10:16

This week’s issue of the Spectator takes a close look at Europe. Nicholas Farrell focuses on the terminal decline of Italy, and asks whether anything can be done to stop… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Coastal conquest

23 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: In the western theatre of the war great movements have been going on which have won for themselves the name of the coast battle.… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

22 October 2014 17:58

This is a sneak preview from tomorrow’s magazine: Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning down. A… Continue reading

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Max Schulze in the dock at Exeter Assize Court on spying charges in 1911.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The safety of the realm

22 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: On Thursday the police authorities throughout the country arrested a large number of enemy aliens. Most of them were persons of military age. We… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Something pleasing for our sailors

21 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: The Germans, as we write, have got as far as Nieuport, which is, roughly, south-west of Ostend. There they have come into the “sphere… Continue reading

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Police snooping – read it in The Spectator first, then in the Times nine days later

20 October 2014 16:33

Perusing the morning papers, the denizens of 22 Old Queen Street were tickled to find a tribute to Spectator journalism on no less than the cover of the Times of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The disease of immorality

20 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: EVIL practices, when they concern the relation of the sexes, are often allowed to fester into scandals, and even to bring moral and bodily… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: War and wildlife

19 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: The siege of Antwerp has been a minor tragedy in a quarter to which few probably gave a thought. The authorities of the Antwerp… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Honour to Belgium!

18 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: NEVER did a people and their Sovereign and his Consort deserve greater honour than the Belgians and their King and Queen. They have drunk… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The scale of neutrality

17 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: King Carol of Roumania died suddenly at the Castle of Pelesh, Sinaia, on Saturday last, in his seventy-sixth year, and is succeeded by his… Continue reading

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Tell you what Mrs Clooney. If Greece repays its $240 billion EU loan, we’ll return the Marbles

16 October 2014 12:04

Hollywood has a reputation for creating trite storylines in which either a lawyer is cast as the hero or England as the villain. Its latest epic has both, and this… Continue reading

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Podcast: Tory-Ukip relations, terrorist negotiations and Brighton’s Green problems

16 October 2014 8:56

In this week’s issue, Lord Pearson, the former leader of Ukip, describes how he tried to offer the Tories a pact before the last general election, but Cameron refused to  meet with him to discuss it.  Now… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Making heavy weather for the enemy

16 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: In view of the possibilities, naval and aerial, we cannot help thinking that it would be a good thing if our newspapers suppressed the… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though there are no direct flights from the countries most affected).… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The companionship of the pen

15 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 September 1914: THE long periods of darkness and absence of all direct news which add to the gloom of this war are illuminated by the flashlights… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Aerial warfare

14 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: Last Sunday another aeroplane attack was made upon Paris. It appears that no fewer than five aeroplanes were concerned in the raid, and that twenty… Continue reading

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The setting sun illuminates the sculpture of the  'Brooding Soldier'. The monument commemorates the Canadian First Division's participation in the Second Battle of Ypres of World War I. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The Canadians are coming

13 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: To all British people here and overseas by far the most delightful news of the week is that of the landing of the Canadian… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Unnatural selection

12 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is a self-evident proposition that an army recruited by voluntary enlistment is, caeteris paribus, more efficient than… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: At loggerheads

11 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: AN old explanation of the phrase “at loggerheads”—whether true or not we do not attempt to say—runs as follows: When two armies met in… Continue reading

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Podcast special: The Ukip earthquake

10 October 2014 8:57

Ukip has arrived at Westminster. Douglas Carswell held his Clacton seat after defecting from the Conservatives, and in Heywood and Middleton Ukip came just 617 votes short of victory. Which… Continue reading

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A group of local boys look on with curiosity and amusement at Harrow schoolboys Peter Wagner (left) and Thomas Dyson in their formal uniform at the Eton vs Harrow cricket match, held at Lord's cricket ground, London.    (Photo by Jimmy Sime/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Knowing one’s place

10 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: As we go on in life we do, as a rule, learn our place more or less truly, and we find it is not… Continue reading

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Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs

9 October 2014 9:48

In this week’s issue, Fraser Nelson and Nick Cohen examine how police are using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to run wild in the public’s mobile phone records. Like… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The consequences of neutrality

9 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: IT would be a base act to try to bribe or to threaten a neutral Power like Italy into joining the Allies. The notion… Continue reading

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