Continuing deadlock in Northern Ireland

Another round of talks about the resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland collapsed on 14 February.

A few days later a document, setting out the terms of a possible agreement, was leaked to a Northern Ireland journalist.

Votes at 16 - and all other rights too?

According to an article in the London Evening Standard on 15 February, support for lowering the voting age to 16 is growing among Conservative MPs, though the government has ruled out any change.

The true heroine of the women's suffrage campaign

The centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which extended the right to vote in parliamentary elections to a limited number of women, has given Alistair Lexden several opportunities to draw attention to the most important person in the long campaign for women’s suffrage, Dame Mill

Votes at 16?

In an article in The Times on February 7, Daniel Finkelstein urged the Conservative Party to support the reduction of the voting age to sixteen, a change with far-reaching implications backed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

The Suffragists' victory

On 5 February, the Lords held an important debate to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to a limited number of women for the first time.

Advice for the Archbishop on the Bell case

The Archbishop of Canterbury has incurred much criticism for his failure to accept recommendations in the report of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC on the case of Bishop Bell, which he himself commissioned.

Slashing suffragette

At the end of January,the National Portrait Gallery announced that, for the first time in twenty years, a portrait of Thomas Carlyle slashed by cleaver-wielding suffragette in 1914 was to be put on display.

Ulster-Scotland link

On January 24, The Times reported that the Democratic Unionist Party wanted “ a 25-mile bridge or tunnel” (costing some £20 billion) between Northern Ireland and Scotland—in addition to the £1 billion in extra public spending agreed last year under its deal with the government.

That statue again

After telling the readers of The Times what he thought about the statue of Margaret Thatcher designed for Parliament Square (see below), Alistair Lexden criticised it strongly again in the London Evening Standard on 26 January.