The death of Martin McGuinness, the IRA leader who later became Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, on 21 March was marked by long, largely sympathetic assessments in BBC broadcasts. Alistair Lexden condemned this bias in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on 23 March.
There is no convincing evidence that Churchill had religious convictions. Nevertheless, in a recent book, one of his great-grandsons, Jonathan Sandys, has claimed that he was sent into the world to save Christianity in Europe.
Last June Alistair Lexden hosted a dinner at the Carlton Club for a distinguished group of Americans, deeply involved in heritage and conservation projects, who were in England on a week’s cultural heritage tour with a particular emphasis on the late eighteenth century.
Respect for the human rights of gay people is conspicuous by its absence in most countries of the Commonwealth. In over 80 per cent of them homosexuality is a criminal offence; in some punishments can be severe.
In a letter to The Times at the beginning of January (see below), Alistair Lexden expressed concern about the difficulties faced by historians as a result of the failure of those responsible for the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle to produce and administer clear, consistent and transparent rules for access to them. Two months later the issue of access resurfaced, prompting a further letter which was published in The Times on March 6.