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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 polite pirate

27 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: On Friday the Admiralty announced that they bad good reason to believe that the German submarine ‘U29′ bad been sunk… Continue reading

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As it happened: TV Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband

26 March 2015 20:50

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the Q&A session with David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Channel 4 and Sky News. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the… Continue reading

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circa 1916:  Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) the 28th President of the United States of America.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: President Wilson’s mistake

26 March 2015 8:30

From ‘President Wilson’s Mistake’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: President Wilson’s attitude can only be described as a tragedy. We do not believe that there was a man more determined… Continue reading

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

The Spectator at war: Counting the cost

25 March 2015 9:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: The controversy as to what should be our future military policy in the west still goes on, and calculations are… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: The ordinary and the extraordinary

24 March 2015 9:30

From ‘The Industrial Situation’, The Spectator, 27 March 1915: The present industrial situation shows how completely what we may call the economic pacificists misjudged the probable effects of a great… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Temperance movement

22 March 2015 8:30

From ‘The Racing Problem’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: We are not temperance fanatics. We do not suggest the prohibition of the public sate of intoxicants in order to penalize… 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: Freedom of the seas

21 March 2015 8:30

From ‘How We Are Blockading Germany’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: We are, indeed, fighting against a thoroughly unscrupulous enemy, and we have to consider how we can bring the… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Unofficial news

19 March 2015 8:30

From ‘Unofficial News’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: THE exclusion of war correspondents from the firing line has greatly reduced the volume of unofficial news available for the enlightenment of… Continue reading

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Budget 2015: Full text of Ed Miliband’s response

18 March 2015 15:32

Mr Deputy Speaker, never has the gap between the Chancellor’s rhetoric and the reality of people’s lives been greater than it was today. This is a Budget people won’t believe… Continue reading

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Listen: key points of Budget 2015

18 March 2015 14:42

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to listen to: Full speeches George Osborne’s speech, in full: listen to ‘Budget 2015: George Osborne’s… Continue reading

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Budget 2015: key announcements and figures

18 March 2015 12:08

George Osborne delivered his final Budget of this Parliament today. Here is what you need to know. Key announcements Personal Savings Allowance: From April next year, the first £1,000 of the interest… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Preparations and peril

18 March 2015 8:30

From ‘Prolonging the War’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: Owing to our mad refusal to think war possible or to prepare for it, we neglected to keep by us a… 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: Russia’s prize

17 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: From the Dardanelles there is not much news, due no doubt to the fact that the operations have now reached… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Siege fighting

16 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915: When we wrote last week we were only able to chronicle very briefly the news that on Wednesday, March 10th,… Continue reading

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British statesman and colonial secretary Andrew Bonar Law (1858 - 1923) with Unionist leader and founder of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force Edward Carson (1854-1935) at a memorial service for G W Gladstone at St Margaret's, London.    (Photo by W G Phillips/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Defence of the realm

15 March 2015 8:30

From ‘The Defence of the Realm’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: BEFORE dealing with the merits of the Defence of the Realm (No. 2) Bill which Mr. Lloyd George introduced… Continue reading

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Ascot fashion in 1914. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Taking one’s pleasure

14 March 2015 8:30

From a letter, ‘Ascot in Wartime’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: [To the editor of The Spectator] Sir,—”Pleasure as usual” is “certainly a vile motto,” say you in your note… Continue reading

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King George V in uniform.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Reviewing the troops

13 March 2015 8:30

From ‘The King and the National Reserve’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: The King has made it his business not only to see every corps in the kingdom, old and… Continue reading

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1914:  Diners at the Elysee restaurant in London's Piccadilly.  (Photo by Reinhold Thiele/Thiele/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Uniform behaviour

12 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: We are glad to note that officers in uniform have been forbidden to visit night clubs in London. The gambling… Continue reading

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circa 1915:  Captured French soldiers carrying their wounded comrades.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Dining with the enemy

11 March 2015 8:30

From ‘Prisoners of War’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: Let us mention also a passage from Hume’s history quoted by Sir Graham Bower in an excellent letter to the Morning… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A German view of the war

10 March 2015 8:30

From ‘The Military Situation’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: How does the war look as a whole? The best way to answer this question is to consider it from the point… Continue reading

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A Royal Navy cruiser in the Dardanelles. Image: Getty

The Spectator at war: Fortress Europe

9 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 13 March 1915: The more the operations at the Dardanelles are considered the more clearly is their vast importance realized. If in co-operation… 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: Prize rules

8 March 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: The great German campaign against our shipping, under which we were to be cut off from all human aid and… Continue reading

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Field Marshal, Lord Kitchener (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: Kitchener’s conception

7 March 2015 8:30

From ‘Lord Kitchener’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: We are grateful to Lord Kitchener because at the very beginning of the war he formed what Mr. Bonar Law calls “a… 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: The willing badge

6 March 2015 8:30

From ‘The “Willing” Badge’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: A final ground for giving badges to those who have offered themselves and been rejected must be mentioned. Under any scheme… Continue reading

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Ascot fashion in 1914. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Racing post

5 March 2015 8:30

From ‘Ascot in Wartime’, The Spectator, 6 March 1915: [To the Editor of "THE SPECTATOR"] SIR,—There has been much discussion recently over the question of the Epsom Grand Stand. As… Continue reading

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