The festival of self-congratulation will be the British at their worst, says Simon Jenkins, and there are still years to endure. A tragedy for both our nations
Paxman accepts the war was awful and nothing to celebrate in 2014, but he clearly believes that the war was necessary and that its million or so British victims died in a worthy cause.
None of us are responsible for the mistakes of our ancestors, but we can seek to learn from them and not to justify them, like Dan Snow does by ignoring his great grandfather's account of the first world war.
If Michael Gove's article was handed in as an essay by a 12-year-old, it would be handed back as a piece of nonsense, says Mark Steel, but it was written by the former Education Secretary.
RIP Roger Lloyd Pack. His talent as an actor was not in doubt, says Lindsey German, nor was his humanity and commitment. Among the many causes Roger actively supported were Stop the War, CND and No Glory.
Should we emphasise the heroism and courage of a "just war" in a "noble cause", as education secretary Gove wants, or highlight imperialist war as the worst form of barbarism?
The bloodbath of 1914-18 was not a just war: it was a savage industrial slaughter perpetrated by a gang of predatory imperial powers, locked in a deadly struggle to capture and carve up territories, markets and resources.