Wednesday, 24 September, 2014

John Röhl, Emeritus Professor of History at Sussex University, has won lavish and well-deserved praise for his three-volume biography of the Kaiser which runs to some 4,000 pages and draws on fifty years’ research in archives all over Europe. Now he has produced a slim volume which presents the masterpiece in miniature form in under 200 pages of narrative. The portrait may be much smaller in size, but it provides, no less vividly than the much larger work, an utterly convincing likeness of a man who was by turns fearsome, endearing, self-pitying and ludicrous.

Thursday, 18 September, 2014

On 18 September Alistair Lexden, official historian of the Carlton Club, spoke at a special history evening held at the Club to mark the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession and its devastating impact on the Tory Party of the day. It was on 18 September 1714 that George I set foot on British soil, landing at Greenwich after a sea crossing from Holland.

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

Ask Scotland "to say Yes to a new and positive relationship with the rest of the UK", says Lord Lexden.

Friday, 22 August, 2014

In his book, Who Goes Home? Sir Robert Rogers, outgoing clerk of the House engaged in combat with Mr Bercow, cites a 1313 statute banning armour from both Houses.

Monday, 11 August, 2014

Who coined the phrase “one nation”? (The answer is not Disraeli.) Who gave women the vote on the same terms as men? Which Tory minister got 300,000 new homes built each year? How many industries did Margaret Thatcher privatise?

Friday, 8 August, 2014

The future Edward VII dominated Cowes week in the early 1890s through his prowess in sailing the first Britannia which later passed to his son (" Britannia to rule the waves once more, Aug. 2). In 1896, however, the Kaiser gained the upper hand sailing the giant Meteor II, a bigger, faster version of Britannia

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

There is even more to the bizarre story of Baroness Stowell , the first Lords Leader without a Cabinet seat, and the Chancellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster than Charles Moore indicates (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 July).

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

The ministerial reshuffle which took place July 22 left the House of Lords unrepresented in the cabinet for the first time in its history, creating a widespread sense of outrage in the upper house. Alistair Lexden outlined possible solutions to the problem in a letter to The Times published on July 31.

Sunday, 27 July, 2014

In 2000, when he was General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council, Alistair Lexden established the Independent Schools Inspectorate under terms agreed with the then Labour government.

Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Last year Uganda introduced an Anti-Homosexuality Act which increased the oppression of gay people in a country where homosexuality was already illegal. The Act has unleashed a wave of extreme and violent homophobia.