In todays Daily Telegraph: Lord Kitchener’s return to the UK had been announced by the Press Bureau in a 5-line announcement (page 9), but this brief notice and a couple of slightly longer ones concerning him on the same page (plus the information he had returned in time for Violet Asquith’s wedding), the Telegraph saw fit to pen a lengthy leader about him and his trip on page 8. Even though it admitted that the whole itinerary was unlikely to have been disclosed and it would be some time, if at all, that the conclusions he had drawn from his visit would be communicated, it still saw fit to proclaim “no more important or more promising step has been taken by any British Minister since the first days of the war” and his trip would give the nation confidence that the nation’s “strength is being used with clear aims and firm intentions.” In an age which is far more cynical about those in power it is hard to read something giving such unquestioning support to one of these without raising an eyebrow.
Also in today’s paper
- A suggestion is made to provide holly as a Christmas decoration in war hospitals – page 3
- German socialists are unhappy at the refusal of the Government to drop the old age pension age from 70 to 65 – page 3
- The experiences of British people in invaded Serbia are recounted on page 9 - “Too much importance cannot be attached to the great gathering which is to be held this morning” reports Our Parliamentary Correspondent on page 9 on a conference between the Government and trade union executives and officials on the financial position of the nation as it affects organised labour - “A brilliant raid” sees two German generals captured by the Russians – page 10 - Imports of all machine tools and parts thereof into the UK are banned save for those under Board of Trade license – page 10 - Today’s letter of appeal: giving convalescent soldiers “health-giving” drives in motorcars – page 12 - “Impudent frauds” concerning people attempting to obtain money from the War Office with falsified claims on dead soldiers’ estates are condemned by a judge when sentencing perpetrators on page 13 - After the authoress Annesley Kenealy case, another case of somebody in a court case taking poison, this time a defendant, on page 13 .