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In one swoop, three thousand Germans and Austrians (many of them women engaged in domestic service) were taken into custody. The majority of those arrested were shipped away to the Isle of Man, where they were interned for the duration of the war under conditions that were soon to be protested by civil rights activists. Perhaps the most celebrated arrest of a sympathizer was that of Sir Oswald Mosley, the British Fascist leader, together with one of his subordinates, an official from the Ministry of Health.
But Edith, as the page's editor, was determined to keep some small space daily for women's news. So when her editor sent her out to "see what women are doing in this here war," she did up her findings "in Women's Page type. Now more than ever we must keep women's work in the news. " In addition to its traditional function, the press was also expected to play a role in the propaganda efforts of the British government, but the heaviest burden the journalists had to endure was censorship. Wartime censorship dated from the spring of 1939, when the Ministry of Information was established under the supervision of Lord Perth.
For the very wealthy, the taxes were virtually confiscatorya capitalist earning £100,000 ($400,000) per annum paid 80 percent in taxes. An excess profits tax of 60 percent, previously assessed against war industries only, was now levied on all businesses and the death duties also increased by as much as 20 percent. Perhaps the most unpopular of the new taxes were those on everyday itemscertain foods, notably sugar, wine, whiskey, and tobacco. Edith noted in her journal: "The Budget tonight! Income Tax up to 7s.