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A Twitter snapshot of the Labour leadership struggle

16 August 2015 9:01

Who would win the Labour leadership contest if it were decided by the number of Twitter followers? Jeremy Corbyn 94,200 Andy Burnham 85,400 Yvette Cooper 72,800 Liz Kendall 35,900 And… Continue reading

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Podcast: Big trouble in Big China

13 August 2015 10:49

Forget Greece; China’s economic slowdown is the biggest story of the year, says Elliot Wilson in this week’s issue of The Spectator. China’s long boom may finally be ending and the… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The last post

7 August 2015 8:30

From ‘The End of the First Year‘, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: Terrible as have been the sufferings caused by the war—the agonies of the body for those who have… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: End-of-year report

6 August 2015 8:30

From ‘The End of the First Year‘, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: What of the future? Shall we be able to make as good a show in the second year… Continue reading

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28th June 1919: Diplomats and delegates watching the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Should the Church say sorry?

5 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Apology’, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: Does any public body ever apologize to the world? Such a concerted effort has never, we think, been made through any authorized mouthpiece.… Continue reading

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Robert Conquest (left) receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Aretha Franklin (middle) and Alan Greenspan (right) at the White House, 2005

Robert Conquest: ‘There is something particularly unpleasant about those who, living in a political democracy, comfortably condone terror elsewhere’

4 August 2015 22:21

Robert Conquest, the historian of Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was also The Spectator’s literary editor between 1962 and 1963. The following essay was published in the magazine… Continue reading

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Come work for us: The Spectator is looking for an assistant production editor

4 August 2015 11:50

The Spectator is looking for an assistant production editor, to help us produce our magazine and supplements. The job will be three days a week, ideally Tuesday to Thursday, and… Continue reading

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circa 1914:  Russian soldiers standing on trenches dug between Lody and Warsaw in WW I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Warsaw and Russia

4 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Warsaw and Russia‘, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: ON Thursday afternoon the German wireless news announced the occupation of Warsaw. Official confirmation is lacking as we go to press,… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  New recruits line up for inspection in Bermondsey, London during World War I.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Born under fire

3 August 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 7 August 1915: A YEAR has elapsed since the first war issue of The Spectator. We have tried elsewhere to say something in… Continue reading

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German infantry on manoeuvres in preparation for war.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Germany’s moral code

2 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Germania Contra Mundum‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: It may be said that, in the domain of international relations, the triumph of the German arms would substitute the perpetuation… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: That touch of mink

1 August 2015 8:30

From ‘Sim-sam the Mink‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: Sim-sam’s bath was the spectacle that revealed him at his very best. Watching him glide and twist and loop the loop… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Debating compulsory service

31 July 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: The debate on compulsory service in the Commons on Wednesday night was remarkable for the speeches in its support made… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Time for change

30 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Problem of Public Assistance’, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: In one respect big reforms are actually easier in times of national emergency than in times of peace, for… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The new standard

29 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The New Standard‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: Where food and service are concerned we believe there are a fair number of people who will be glad of some… 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: American friendship

28 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The American Note to Germany‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: German submarine methods cannot possibly continue on their past lines without sooner or later sacrificing another American life. The… Continue reading

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Russian infantry on parade, Russia, 1914. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The struggle in Russia

27 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Struggle in Russia‘, The Spectator, 31 July 1915: We must not write more than a few lines, but we cannot do less, in admiration of the Russian endurance,… Continue reading

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In defence of Boris Johnson’s water cannon

26 July 2015 10:21

The spat between Boris Johnson and Theresa May over the acquisition of three second hand ones from the German police has the air of a dormitory water pistol fight that… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  A British coal miner at work.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Coal and its problems

26 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Coal and its Problems‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: The high price of domestic coal, though undoubtedly an immediate injury to the country, will prove an ultimate benefit. Politicians… Continue reading

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circa 1895:  Evelyn Baring Cromer (1841 - 1917) the colonial administrator.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Germania contra mundum

25 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Germania contra mundum’, by Lord Cromer, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: What, therefore, are we and our Allies fighting for? Without attempting to deal fully with the considerations which… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  American preacher, lawyer and populist politician William Jennings Bryan, (1860 - 1925), who, as a pacifist, resigned office over the second Lusitania note to Germany.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The ugliness of pacifism

24 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Pacificist Vision’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: It must not be supposed that the majority of Americans are pacificists, but there are enough pacificists to force a strong… Continue reading

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12th August 1916:  The 5th Battalion of the Essex Volunteers collecting spades for a trench digging exercise.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Armour and shields

23 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Armour and Shields’, The Spectator, 17 July 1915: A bone, a book, a cigarette-case, even a five-franc piece in the pocket, will often save a man from death by… 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: Women and the war

22 July 2015 8:30

From ‘Women and the War‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: It is not too much to say that without the help and inspiration of the women we could not win… Continue reading

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circa 1914:  Russian soldiers standing on trenches dug between Lody and Warsaw in WW I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The struggle in the East

21 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Struggle in the East‘, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: Even if the Germans take Warsaw and practically the whole of the Polish salient, and are not too badly… 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: America’s moral strength

20 July 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 24 July 1915: The United States Government have received from Germany an admission that the American vessel ‘Nebraskan’ was sunk by a German… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Magnanimity in stone

19 July 2015 8:30

From ‘The Magnanimity of Italy’, The Spectator, 18 July 1915: The Italian always aspires not only to do great things, but to do them in the great way, whether it… Continue reading

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