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The Spectator at war: Topsy-turvy

23 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: Both at home and abroad this war has already caused us to wonder whether we wake or dream, so different in many respects are… Continue reading

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

The Spectator at war: German lessons

22 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: No English writer knows more of German ways than Mr. Dawson, and his large book upon public administration in towns is a mass of… Continue reading

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A French 75 gun in action at Cape Helles in 1915. Image: By Central News Agency [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Spectator at war: Dispatches from the front

21 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: The papers of Tuesday and Wednesday contained two exceptionally interesting despatches from an eyewitness at Sir John French’s headquarters. These descriptive narratives have improved… Continue reading

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The Prince of Wales, later to be King Edward VIII, having his first golf lesson in 1915. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: The happiest young man in the world

20 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: We are glad to learn that the laudable persistence of the Prince of Wales has been rewarded, and that he has been allowed to… Continue reading

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Yes, Bob Geldof, Africans know it’s Christmas. Do you know it’s time to pack Band Aid in?

19 November 2014 10:19

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, our leading article looks at the Band Aid 30 single and why it’s time for Bob Geldof to pack Band Aid in. Pickup a copy tomorrow… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Stamp of disapproval

19 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: If nations obtain the Governments that they deserve, it may be hoped that they do not always deserve their postage-stamps. If that were so,… Continue reading

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Frederick Sleigh Roberts, who was created Lord Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford in 1892, and Earl in 1901.  Made a field marshal in 1895, he became commander-in-chief of the British Army in 1901, and retired in 1904.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Profound respect and sorrow

18 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: WE record with deep regret the death of Lord Roberts, which occurred last Saturday evening at Sir John French’s headquarters. Lord Roberts had gone… Continue reading

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

The Spectator at war: Signs of strain

17 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 21 November 1914: Though we realize how terrible is the strain on our Army in Flanders, we are, of course, well aware that General French and Lord… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Can’t get the staff

16 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: THACKERAY dealt a blow at domestic service which it has never quite recovered. He made it ridiculous. It was the one bad turn that… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: State provision for state servants

15 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: A married man who was insured before the war may, if totally disabled, receive as much as 28s. a week for life. This is… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Russia and Constantinople

14 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: The Spectator for the last twenty years has urged that the Russians are the appropriate successors of the Turks at Constantinople. Russia is by… Continue reading

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John Major: Nearly 50% chance of Britain leaving the EU

13 November 2014 17:46

This is the text of a speech delivered by Sir John Major in Berlin. Thank you for your kind invitation.  I feel privileged to be here to talk about the… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The scales of loss

13 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: We must make no attempt to conceal the terrible character of our losses. It is true that the German losses have been probably twice,… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

12 November 2014 18:30

Home The government, expecting a backbench rebellion over the European Arrest Warrant, did not present it for a separate vote in the Commons, which enraged backbenchers all the more. Yvette… Continue reading

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Winston Churchill in ceremonial uniform in 1914. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Spectator at war: Quiet seas

12 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: We have mentioned elsewhere Mr. Winston Churchill’s speech on the Navy at the Guildhall, in which he pointed out that in effect patience and… 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 peril from aliens

11 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: Men guilty of helping the enemy are simply spies within our lines, or traitors to their adopted country. There cannot be any dispute about… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Watching the Home Front

7 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: We say without hesitation that if every town and urban district and village in England had a Guard formed on the lines of the Mitcham… Continue reading

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Podcast: Refugees, Ed Miliband and the Thames

6 November 2014 9:59

Britain’s appalling record on refugees is a moral failure, and a national disgrace, says Justin Marozzi in this week’s issue of the Spectator. We are now witnessing a global crisis… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Standing on ceremony

6 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: On Wednesday next the King will open Parliament in state, the only alteration in the prescribed ceremonial being the temporary disuse of the glass… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

5 November 2014 19:40

Home Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, resigned as the head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse three months after Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former president of the… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Keeping the Holy Places holy

5 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: We are glad to note that the Indian Government has issued a reassuring proclamation as regards the Holy Places. We trust, however, that before… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The war on Surrey

4 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: By far the largest addition to or alteration in the scenery of Surrey and its commons has been the building of the hutments which… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: News of the week

3 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: THE most important event of the week has been the declaration of war on Turkey by Britain. In the words of the London Gazette… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A probationer’s diary

1 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: THE following are extracts from the diary kept by a Red Cross probationer this autumn: Tuesday—A rumour has gone about that we are to… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: An accent of prejudice

31 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: We regret to record that a gallant and patriotic sailor, Prince Louis of Battenberg, has fallen a victim to the foolish prejudice that people… Continue reading

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