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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: Italy’s contribution

27 May 2015 8:30

From ‘What Italy Brings To The Allies‘, 29 May 1915: THE more the entrance of Italy into the war is contemplated the more romantic and gratifying it seems. Italy has… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A room of one’s own

26 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Flat-hunting’, The Spectator, 29 May 1915: ECONOMY is just now a fashion set by necessity. The professional class are eagerly reducing their outlay, and the most obvious thing to… Continue reading

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

The Spectator at war: Rational optimism

25 May 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 29 May 1915: The past fortnight, partly perhaps owing to the uncertainty of the political situation, has been marked by a great deal… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Strikes and scraps of paper

24 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Scraps of Paper‘, The Spectator, 22 May 1915: Fifty years ago Parliament was far more conscious collectively of the sanctity of contract than it is at the present time,… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Has Kitchener gone mad?

23 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Array the Nation’, The Spectator, 22 May 1915 THERE have been many surprising things in this war, but perhaps the most surprising of all is Lord Kitchener’s speech in… 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: The future of Italy

22 May 2015 8:30

From ‘The Future of Italy‘, The Spectator, 22 May 1915: WHEN the King of Italy found himself unable to accept the resignation of Signor Salandra at the end of last… Continue reading

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The L2, a German naval zeppelin, during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Trialling terror

20 May 2015 8:30

From ‘The Trial Runs‘, The Spectator, 22 May 1915: LONDON is busy with rumours just now as to an imminent air raid upon the capital by German aircraft. It may… Continue reading

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Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour (1848 - 1930) with Unionist leader, and founder of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force, Edward Carson (1854-1935) 21st March 1917. Both were members of the Empire War Council. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Munitions, men and management

19 May 2015 8:30

From ‘A National Government‘, The Spectator, 22 May 1915: We are not going to say anything about the mistakes of the past. They are not merely dead. They are buried.… 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: National Government

18 May 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 22 May 1915: We have named a Dictator to finish the war. The Dictatorship, it is true, is in commission, but none the… Continue reading

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Troops wearing an early form of gas mask in the trenches during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, 1915.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Outrages in Belgium

17 May 2015 8:30

From ‘German outrages in Belgium‘, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: TOWARDS the end of last year the Prime Minister appointed a Committee to inquire into the outrages committed by German… 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: Standing at ease

16 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Standing at Ease‘, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: It is a contradiction in terms, but we think it is true to experience, to say that certain people in distress… Continue reading

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UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage leaves the party's head office in central London on May 15, 2015.

Podcast special: can Nigel Farage survive the Ukip wars?

15 May 2015 13:35

In this View from 22 special podcast, Fraser Nelson and Sebastian Payne discuss the ongoing Ukip wars with Laura Pitel from The Times. Can Nigel Farage survive as leader? Is there… Continue reading

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1915: London crowds attack a German business premises in Poplar High Street in the East End of London.   (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Treating immigrants as Britons

14 May 2015 8:30

From ‘The Right Spirit of Concentration’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: It need not be supposed that we are blind to the dangers which arise from a large number of… 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: Will Germany change her ways?

13 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Germany and the United States’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: The questions that concern us now to the exclusion of all others are: What will the German answer be… Continue reading

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The Lusitania, which was sunk off Kinsale on the Irish coast by a German U-boat on 7 May 1915. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The sinking of the Lusitania

12 May 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: SINCE our last issue every day has been to packed with incident and emotion that it is difficult to see… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and John Whittingdale are all members of David Cameron's new cabinet.

As it happened: post-election Cabinet reshuffle

11 May 2015 9:06

Welcome to The Spectator’s coverage of David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle. Here are the latest appointments along with analysis. Key appointments: New appointments: Michael Gove (Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor), Sajid Javid (Business Secretary), Amber Rudd… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A clear conscience

11 May 2015 8:30

From The Spectator, 15 May 1915:

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Dan Jarvis, by Kyle Webster

Dan Jarvis: why I won’t run as Labour leader (and why we lost)

10 May 2015 23:43

Excerpts from his article in The Times today. Do read the whole thing (here). “I won’t be putting my name forward in the coming leadership contest. It’s not the right… Continue reading

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October 1915:  Lloyd George (1863 - 1945), Minister of Munitions  and Winston Churchill, (1874 - 1965) First Lord of the Admiralty, walking down Whitehall.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Counting the cost

9 May 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 8 May 1915: Mr. Lloyd George opened his Budget on Tuesday. We have dealt with it at length elsewhere, and will only say… Continue reading

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Cabinet reshuffle: George Osborne, Theresa May, Michael Fallon and Philip Hammond remain in their posts

8 May 2015 16:49

David Cameron has ‘reshuffled’ his Cabinet. George Osborne has been re-appointed as Chancellor, and will also be First Secretary of State, as were William Hague and Peter Mandelson. The title implies… Continue reading

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VE Day Celebrations

Remembering VE Day

8 May 2015 15:00

It is 70 years since Britain celebrated Germany’s unconditional surrender and the arrival of victory in Europe. Prime Minister Winston Churchill hailed ‘a victory of the great British nation as… Continue reading

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As it happened: 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 8:55

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the 2015 general election results. We provided results and analysis overnight and throughout the day. You can read all the coverage below. Key points:… Continue reading

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"Louvain Library WWI" by N.J. Boon - from Project Gutenberg eBook, The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The Spectator at war: Brave little Belgium

8 May 2015 8:30

From ‘The Starving Belgians’, The Spectator, 8 May 1915: The two hundred thousand Belgian refugees who are being provided for in the United Kingdom have made us feel that the… Continue reading

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German soldiers taking advantage of a suitable wind to emit poison gas from cylinders.   (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: War by poison

7 May 2015 8:30

From ‘War by Poison’, The Spectator, 8 May 1915: THE nature of the gases by means of which the Germans have won undoubted local successes is gradually being ascertained, and… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Men and munitions

6 May 2015 8:30

From ‘National Concentration’, The Spectator, 8 May 1915: The two great needs of the hour are more men and more munitions of war. We have got so to organize our… Continue reading

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