1916

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Noblesse oblige

  IT CANNOT HAVE been true that nations were divided neatly into those who cared deeply for the lives of their people and those who…


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Always personal

WHAT IS TRAGEDY if it is not personal? It engulfed Vera Brittain this week and, ever afterwards, her life was marked out by loss. Her…


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The death of liberal England?

THE OSTENSIBLE DRAMA of the week was the evacuation from Gallipoli, This was victory of a kind, albeit one snatched from the jaws of a…


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I have shot a duke

THE YEAR ENDED in a climax of suffering. The narratives of wartime lend themselves easily to hyperbole, but there is no doubt that the last…