1800-1859 | Famine | Media propaganda

The Times warns famine struck Ireland to expect less relief

30 August 1848 Lord Clarendon, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, writing about the political debate over how Britain should respond to the Irish famine of the 1840s, observed that ‘an extraordinary and universal importance attaches to the views of The Times.’1  The political elite would therefore have taken due note when, on 30 August 1848,  the…

1800-1859 | Famine | Ireland | Media propaganda

22 SEPTEMBER

THE TIMES ARGUES IRELAND’S POTATO FAMINE IS ‘A BLESSING’ [ 22 September 1846 ] On 22 September 1846, an editorial in The Times admonished those appealing to London to intervene to ameliorate the catastrophic potato famine in Ireland. Some might go hungry or starve, but this was a necessary evil, which would correct Irish indolence and their…

1900-1919 | Media propaganda | Opium

1 JUNE

THE TIMES – HALTING THE OPIUM TRADE WOULD HARM OUR FINANCIAL INTERESTS [ 1 June 1906 ] On 1 June 1906, an editorial in The Times strongly supported John Morley, India Secretary, who had cautioned parliament against any legal sanctions on Britain’s opium trade with China.  Since the early nineteenth century, the East India Company had…