Catching the Editor's eye

A point made in Alistair Lexden’s piece about the Conservative election manifesto (see below) appeared in TMS, The Times diary column, on May 24 under the heading “Joined to the Past”.

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto - the new and the old

The general election manifesto, published on 18 May, breaks with Tory tradition in at least two major respects. First, one of its central pledges is to create a Great Meritocracy, a term repeated many times and spelt throughout with capital letters for no obvious reason (like the promised Great R

A tragic Tory leader and his diaries

Few people today have even heard of Sir Stafford Northcote. He was a prominent late nineteenth century politician whose career ended in failure after nine years as Tory leader in the House of Commons from 1876 to 1885.

The most personalised Tory campaign

At this election the name and image of the Tory party leader are everywhere-- on battlebuses, campaign literature, advertisements and so on. The Conservative party itself is being given much less prominence.

Misrepresenting Thatcher

A new statue of Margaret Thatcher has been completed; it is due to be erected in Parliament Square. Alistair Lexden does not think much of it, as he made clear in a letter published in the London Evening Standard on 16 May.

Sutherland's portrait of Churchill

In June 2016 (see previous article), Alistair Lexden published an article about Graham Sutherland’s acclaimed, but deeply controversial portrait of Winston Churchill. Presented to him on his eightieth birthday, 30 November 1954, the picture was later destroyed on his wife’s instructions.

Nazis and Royals

The issue of access to the royal archives has become a subject of growing concern among historians and journalists in recent months.

Speaking to the whole UK

That was the theme of the leading article on the Conservative party in The Spectator on 29 April. There are clear signs that the party is making significant progress in Wales and Scotland.

Cromwell - King in all but name

After the end of the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Ireland and Scotland on 16 December 1653. He was in effect the country’s all-powerful monarch.

Corbyn's extra Bank Holidays mocked in 250th Telegraph letter

On April 28 Alistair Lexden had his 250th letter published in The Daily Telegraph. Passing this milestone keeps him comfortably ahead of all others who have contributed to the paper’s letters page over the years.His record-setting letter commented light-heartedly on Jeremy Corbyn’s bizarre electi