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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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A British red cross hospital with volunteer nurses, during World War One. Image: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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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The Spectator at war: A review of the war

15 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 19 September 1914: ON September 5th we wrote: “We and the French have got the wolf by one ear and the Russians have got him by the… Continue reading

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Please stay to build a better Britain: more Spectator readers write to Scots

14 September 2014 16:30

This week’s Spectator cover piece is written by our readers. Here are some more letters to Scottish voters, explaining why our United Kingdom should stay together. I come from the… Continue reading

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Crowds gathered outside The Capitol building in Washington D.C for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America, in 1913  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A word to America

14 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE desire to address a word to the American people, a word which must be spoken, though we are fully aware that it will… Continue reading

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Roman soldiers in a ship, circa 100 AD. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A naval howler

13 September 2014 8:30

A reader’s letter from The Spectator, 12 September 1914: [To the Editor of The Spectator] Sir, I am afraid your correspondent “Ex-Scholar” (Spectator, September 5th), in quoting a “howler,” has… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The King’s message

12 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: The King’s message addressed “To the Governments and Peoples of My Self-Governing Dominions,” published to the world on Wednesday, is noble in its sincerity… Continue reading

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Podcast: Stay with us, Scotland!

11 September 2014 10:34

With only seven days to go until the referendum, urgent action is needed to help save the Union. In this week’s issue, we asked Spectator readers to write to Scottish… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: An apology to a chemist

11 September 2014 8:30

‘An apology’, From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE are informed that a story told in a letter from a correspondent signing herself “A Country District Visitor,” and published on… Continue reading

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"Triple Entente" by Unknown - Poster from 1914. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The Spectator at war: spiking the guns of German intrigue

10 September 2014 8:30

The papers of Monday published the welcome news that Britain, France, and Russia have agreed ‘not to conclude peace separately during the present war.’ Of course, it was quite unthinkable that… Continue reading

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

The Spectator at war: fairly well, so far

9 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE are not going to begin shouting before we are out of the wood. We say this out of no foolish superstition that it… Continue reading

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Asquith speaking in the House of Commons in 1908, drawn by Ralph Gleaver for The Graphic, 1908.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: an eloquent call to arms

8 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: We were unable to find space last week in which to chronicle the election of the new Pope—Cardinal della Chiesa. Let us trust that,… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: a ‘psycho-political’ study of the English

7 September 2014 8:30

‘The Magazines’, from The Spectator, 5 September 1914: THE most interesting paper in the new Nineteenth Century is that by Sir Harry Johnston on “The German War and its Consequences.”… Continue reading

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29th August 1914:  Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers at the Tower of London, at the start of WW1.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Normal public service

6 September 2014 8:30

THE WAR AND THE CIVIL SERVICE. [To the Editor of The Spectator] SIR,—May I suggest that some of the normal public services may, for the time, be curtailed in order… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A city at war

5 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 5 September 1914: LONDON changes day by day, and the London of the first few days of the war lies far in the past, distant for all… Continue reading

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Podcast: Tory civil war, Scotland’s political soul and naked photos of celebrities

4 September 2014 12:44

Do the Tories think they’ve already lost the election? Their behaviour is certainly beginning to suggest so. In this week’s issue, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the civil war… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Maintaining the machinery of commerce

4 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 5 September 1914: THE general public is quite excusably befogged by the repeated references in the Press to the financial difficulties which are blocking the way to… Continue reading

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How can Cameron save the Conservatives? Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and Andrew Roberts respond

3 September 2014 16:25

We asked Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and historian Andrew Roberts what – if anything – David Cameron could do to rescue his party. Here’s what they had to say: Daniel… Continue reading

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