11.7.39.

Foreign & General
1. More reports of fighting on the Manchukuo border, sufficient to indicate that fighting (prob. inconclusive) has actually taken place. Daily Telegraph [a]
2. Chamberlain’s speech reiterates that we shall support the Poles in case of Danzig coup, but seems to leave initiative to the Poles. Daily Telegraph [b]
3. German reports that Russian submarine fleet is larger than anticipated. Warships using Stalin canal for first time. Daily Telegraph [c]
Party Politics
1. Further letters in D. Tel. demanding inclusion of Churchill. These however do not imply very strong criticism of Chamberlain. D. Tel. Prints a few against. Times said to be printing none for. Daily Telegraph [d]
Miscellaneous
1. Death of Havelock Ellis, aged 80, gets small front page mention in D. Tel. Daily Telegraph [e]

[a]Daily Telegraph 11-7-39 Page 13-2 [b]Daily Telegraph 11-7-39 Page 1 [c]Daily Telegraph 11-7-39 Page 16 [d]Daily Telegraph 11-7-39 Page 13 [e]Daily Telegraph 11-7-39 Page 1-2

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3 Responses to 11.7.39.

  1. Max says:

    Orwell’s using the Tory Daily Telegraph is odd. Perhaps it was the only paper he could get in Wallington at that time. And perhaps the paper was just the right size for lining the chicken coop.

    Max

  2. Max says:

    Orwell’s using the Tory Daily Telegraph is odd. Perhaps it was the only paper he could get in Wallington at that time. And perhaps the paper was just the right size for lining the chicken coop.

    Max
    Sorry, should have added great post! Waiting on the next one!

  3. Mactheyak says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_newspapers_in_the_United_Kingdom
    including, at the foot, a long list of defunct newspapers, and aided and abetted by my sketchy childhood memories of the fifties, provides some obvious candidates that Orwell might have read instead of the Telegraph. I have added my suggestions as to why he didn’t.

    1) Manchester Guardian – still considered a regional paper in the thirties and not widely available in the South (they did not make the move to London until 1964).

    2) Daily Herald – too aligned with official Labour Party politics

    3) News Chronicle – too aligned with Liberal Party politics

    4) The Times – too “establishment” oriented

    However, the real reason may have been The Telegraph’s reputation for having the most comprehensive news coverage. Also it told Orwell what the right-of-centre Tory establishment was thinking, providing him with a stream of ready ammunition.

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