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A Royal Navy cruiser painted in dazzle camouflage in the Dardanelles, 1915. Original publication: The Illustrated War News - Pub 26th May 1915.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Straits times

2 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: THE advance made during the week by our naval force in the Dardanelles has been most satisfactory. As we write our… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Something cut off

1 March 2015 8:30

From ‘On Commas’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: I CAN picture the development of the misled reformer who introduced the comma into the languages of men. His laborious finger lost… Continue reading

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Crowds outside Swan and Edgar's, Piccadilly, in 1914. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Pages of war

28 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Pages of War’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: With its darkened lights and sparse traffic, its khaki-dotted clubs and restaurants working at half-pressure, its transformed shop-windows, where everything is… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: Under the sea

27 February 2015 8:30

From a letter to the Editor, ‘The Channel Tunnel’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: [To the Editor of The “Spectator’] SIR,—Many of us must be wondering what the promoters of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Animal sentries

26 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Animal Sentries’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: OBSERVERS of birds have been much interested by the evidence, which seems to be fairly satisfactory, that pheasants in as remote a… Continue reading

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MPs hang out with the wealthy so is it any wonder their worldview is warped?

25 February 2015 16:54

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have been prominent… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The price of failure

25 February 2015 9:54

From ‘The Attack on the Dardanelles’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: THE British public have recognized the importance of the attack on the Dardanelles. They have seen instinctively that it… Continue reading

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A Royal Navy cruiser painted in dazzle camouflage in the Dardanelles, 1915. Original publication: The Illustrated War News - Pub 26th May 1915.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Romantic bombardment

24 February 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 27 February 1915: A MOVEMENT which will appeal to many people as the most significant and romantic in the war was begun on… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Compulsory purchase

21 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Pitfalls in Bookland’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915: EVERY bookman knows that the taste for buying books inevitably outruns the capacity for reading them. At first a man buys… Continue reading

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1914:  A Company of National Volunteers from Boyle, County Roscommon drilling at Keash, County Sligo. The Irish National Volunteers objected to Irish involvement on the British side in the war against Germany.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Marching orders

20 February 2015 8:30

From ‘The Psychology of Drill’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915: One is tempted to divide all men under drill into two classes—the precipitate and the tardy. Every one who has… Continue reading

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Two German submarines, the U35 and U42, surface off the Mediterranean coast.   (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Distinguished service

19 February 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915: We are very glad to see that the Admiralty have rewarded the captain and crew of the merchant steamer ‘Laertes,’… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: Settling the bill

18 February 2015 8:30

From ‘The Finance of the War’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915: According to Mr. Lloyd George’s estimate, the three Allied Powers together will have expended on war purposes by December… Continue reading

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Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia in the field during army manoeuvres with General Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A damp squib

16 February 2015 21:03

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 20 February 1915: The great event of the week ought to have been the beginning of the blockade by Germany of the whole… Continue reading

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Circa 1914: shell makers at Vickers Ltd armament works, fitting interior tubes inside the shell cases.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Labour problems

15 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Labour Problems and the War’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: The ultimate object of all Trade Union regulations is to improve the pecuniary position of the wage-earner. How far… Continue reading

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Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: Open markets

14 February 2015 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: In the House of Commons on Thursday Mr. Asquith made three notable announcements. In future Sir John French will send… Continue reading

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The Tam O'Shanter Inn on the High Street in Ayr, Ayrshire, circa 1895. The pub was immortalised in Robert Burns' eponymous poem as the drinking place of Tam and his companion Souter Johnnie. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The last full measure of devotion

13 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Prohibition in Scotland during the war’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: WE note with great interest the movement which is gathering strength in Scotland in favour of prohibition during… Continue reading

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Peter Oborne: Ed Miliband is the most accomplished opposition leader since the war

12 February 2015 10:09

In this week’s Spectator podcast, we put a Labour and a Tory supporter next to each other to debate the virtues of Ed Miliband. The difference being that Peter Oborne… Continue reading

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Two German submarines, the U35 and U42, surface off the Mediterranean coast.   (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Military timetables

12 February 2015 8:30

From ‘The New “Day” and Merchant Shipping’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: THE Germans have such a mania for fixing a day for achieving some important purpose that we should feel… Continue reading

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Circa 1918:  A soldier crying out whilst receiving an injection from an RNAS nurse.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Needling pain

11 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Compulsory Inoculation’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: IT is a little difficult to keep one’s patience with the Government’s attitude towards compulsory inoculation. It is a capital example of… Continue reading

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A recruiting poster on Fleet Street in London. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Playing the man

10 February 2015 8:30

From The Spectator, 13 February 1915:

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The Spectator at war: A dreadful froth of dead

9 February 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 13 February 1915: FROM the eastern theatre of war there have been received daring the week details of the gigantic dimensions of Field-Marshal… Continue reading

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Two German submarines, the U35 and U42, surface off the Mediterranean coast.   (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The mountain and the mouse

5 February 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1915: THE mountain has produced a curious little naval mouse. The meeting of the German Council of War, together with the… Continue reading

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Soldiers making bread for British troops in France, during World War I, circa 1915. (Photo by Underwood & Underwood/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Practical proposals

4 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Practical Proposals’, The Spectator, 6 February 1915: “BUT, after all, something has got to be done about these high prices; what do you propose?” so will, we are sure, persist… Continue reading

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Members of the London Scottish Regiment undertake rifle drill in 1914. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Shooting practice

3 February 2015 8:30

From ‘Military Rifle Shooting’, The Spectator, 6 February 1915: THE most serious problem which confronts those who are engaged in training our New Armies is unquestionably that of shooting. Drill and… Continue reading

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A man extracting colours from vegetable matter, for use in dyeing of wool in the manner favoured by William Morris.   (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Comparative advantage

31 January 2015 8:30

From ‘Free Traders and Trade Problems’, The Spectator, 30 January 1915: There is every reason to believe that if the chemists of the country would now concentrate on these chemical… Continue reading

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