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.
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.
Gay men who were in the past found guilty of sexual offences that are no longer crimes can apply to have their convictions struck from the public record.
It emerged in February that since 2000 nearly 200 republican terrorist suspects had been told that they were not being sought by the police. Alistair Lexden condemned this iniquitous arrangement at the time (see earlier parliamentary reports above). On July 17 the results of an inquiry by Lady Justice Hallett were published.
A distinguished Times journalist wrote recently that ‘we now have at least one door-stopping book for every poppy on Flanders Field’. It was a pardonable exaggeration. Weighty tomes have appeared in large numbers in anticipation of the centenary of the war’s outbreak next month.
It is wholly inappropriate for the Elgin Marbles to be housed in the British Museum's Duveen Galleries(" Elgin Marbles to move--but not to Greece",July 3). They are named after Joe Duveen (1869-1939) who made a fortune by buying old masters for a song from impoverished aristocrats and selling them at an immense profit to American millionaires.
Doreen Miller rose swiftly to prominence in the Conservative party in London during the Thatcher era after a successful career in the cosmetics business. Finchley, which Margaret Thatcher represented, was one of the many constituencies in which she established a formidable reputation as a dedicated and tenacious activist.
The execution of Edith Cavell made a profound impression on the then Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith(“ Wartime heroine Edith Cavell is honoured with £5 coin”, July 5). “She has taught the bravest man amongst us a supreme lesson of courage”, he said in 1915,” and in this United Kingdom and throughout the Dominions of the Crown there are thousands of such women, but a year ago we did not know it”.
West Lodge School in Sidcup, a small co-ed for 3 to 11 year-olds, was described as ‘excellent ’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in a report last year. Alistair Lexden went to see for himself on 4 July. He found a school in which young girls and boys were working and playing hard very successfully and with obvious enjoyment in an immensely convivial environment.
Joe Chamberlain, in Churchill’s famous phrase, “made the weather”. By denouncing Gladstone’s Irish Home Rule Bill in 1886 and splitting the Liberal party, he changed the course of British politics. By advocating greater imperial unity through the introduction of a tariff barrier against the rest of the world in 1903, he split his later allies in the Unionist party (as the Tories were then known) and changed the course of British politics again.