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Terrorism at Westminster

Much has been said, and written, about the terrorist outrage which took place at Westminster on March 22.

Martin McGuinness and our biased BBC

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.

Osborne the editor

In a letter published in The Times on March 21, Alistair Lexden added an historical point to the controversy aroused by George Osborne’s appointment as editor of the Evening Standard.

Did Churchill believe in God?

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.

The King, the Prime Minister and the Loss of the American Colonies

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.

Gay rights and the Commonwealth

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.

Black marks for the Lords

In July 2015, Lord Sewel, Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, resigned in disgrace when lurid aspects of his private life were exposed in the press.

Access to the Royal Archives: Renewed concern

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.

In school again

On 3 March Alistair Lexden made a further contribution to the Lords’ outreach programme to schools which is organised in the most efficient fashion by the Lord Speaker’s office.