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.
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?
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
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).
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.
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.