This post should by rights carry black borders. A hundred years ago today, just four days after the start of the War, Parliament passed the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA), the most reactionary, statist, centralist and draconian law ever passed by the British Parliament. So enamoured of these extraordinary and novel powers were Westminster and Whitehall that parts of the Act remain in force today. It was an end to localism, and the start of the modern State, and the people of this country have never yet succeeded in clawing back those freedoms and democratic rights they enjoyed up until 7th August 1914.
There will be more on this as time allows.