Baldwin the builder

It is widely thought, particularly in the Conservative Party, that Disraeli made life significantly better for ordinary people in the late nineteenth century. This is a myth. It was Stanley Baldwin who committed the Conservatives to far-reaching social reform, as his record on housing shows.

Death rather than dishonour

A letter published in The Times on September 26 contained the amusing story of a Tory MP, Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport, who, when taken ill in the Commons, brushed aside an offer of assistance from a well-known Labour MP who was a doctor, saying “I would rather die.” Alistair Lexden capped that w

One Nation - yet another correction

People constantly get the origin of the term ‘one nation’ wrong. Alistair Lexden has corrected the mistake in the press on many occasions. He did so again in a letter published in The Spectator on 22 September under the amusing headline ‘Stan’s laurel’.

The Presbyterian Queen

There was a reference in The Daily Telegraph on 3 September to the connection between the Royal Family and Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral which Queen Victoria started in 1848.

An unloved Tory

Lord Liverpool (1770-1828) was prime minister for longer than all but two of his predecessors, and longer than all his successors. He had to wait a long time for a full biography by a modern historian. It was finally published earlier this year. Alistair Lexden’s review of it follows.

Peterloo myth

Left-wing actors and film-makers love to distort history. A new film about the tragic incident that came to be known as Peterloo is attracting a great deal of attention even before its release.

Justice for Bishop Bell - the Church's shameful silence

Alistair Lexden is one of a number of lawyers, clerics, academics and others in the George Bell Group, formed to get the investigation of the allegations—grave in character, but just two in number—that have laid against the great Bishop George Bell (1883-1958) opened up to full and fair public sc

The emancipation of Catholics in the UK

After the Reformation in the 1530s, Roman Catholics were subject to harsh laws, which carried heavy penalties.

In the late eighteenth century, anti-Catholic laws began to be relaxed; in 1829 Catholics acquired the rights of full citizens.