In todays' Daily Telegraph “Parliament met again yesterday, and from the atmosphere of the House of Commons and the temper of nearly all the speeches, it is tolerably certain that the placid, uneventful sittings of the last thirteen months are over.”
Although the Telegraph was clearly expecting a fraught session of Parliament, from the tone of the report on page 9 it didn’t appear to be off to the most exciting of starts – “an uncomfortable feeling is abroad” and “a desultory discussion” for example. But compulsory service was clearly going to be a hot topic, as the letter to Herbert Asquith from 40 MPs on the same page shows.
Also in today’s paper
- The headline “German Advance on the Petrograd Line” on page 8 could almost give the impression the Russian capital is potentially under threat in the latest attack, although the fighting is still far distant
- A mid-air duel in the early morning attracts an audience, reports Philip Gibbs on page 9 - Germany tells Norway it was a Norwegian ship’s fault that it was sunk by a German submarine, with 12 killed, as it hadn’t shown it was neutral – page 9. The Telegraph is predictably unimpressed with this reasoning in a leader on page 8 - British casualties in the first year of the war are reported to be 381,983, with 75,957 of these men killed – page 9 - Yet another coal strike in South Wales is reported on page 9 - Two signalmen and a fireman go on trial in Edinburgh over the Quintinshill rail disaster – page 11