No Great War celebration says minister

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Britain’s First World War victory should not be celebrated with “dancing in the street”, the Conservative Minister in charge of marking the centenary has said.

Helen Grant said although the war was an “absolute vital victory” for the nation there should be no “triumphant fanfares” throughout the next four years of commemorations.

This follows a row sparked by Education Secretary Michael Gove when he suggested popular shows like Blackadder were being used as a propaganda tool by “left-wing academics”.