Prejudice against British India

Alistair Lexden’s letter about the Amritsar massacre a hundred years ago this month, published in The Daily Telegraph on 3 April (see below), drew comments from a reader, Chris Devine.

Northern Ireland - yet more talks

On 10 April, the Lords approved regulations which provide another five months for discussions on the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland. Two and a quarter years have now passed since the Executive at Stormont collapsed.

Presenting prizes to outstanding students

Each spring Alistair Lexden hosts an awards ceremony on the terrace of the House of Lords for the 24 independent sixth-form colleges which comprise the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), of which he is President. This year’s ceremony was held on 3 April.

Sir Robert Peel and Theresa May

As the Brexit crisis deepened still further at the start of April , an earlier Tory crisis was recalled in the media—that caused by Peel’s repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. Alistair Lexden compared the two crises in a letter published in The Times on April 4.

Centenary of the Amritsar massacre

On 13 April 1919 British Indian Army troops under the command of Col. Reginald Dyer fired into a crowd that had gathered in a public garden at Amritsar in the Punjab. All  meetings had been banned. The ban had not , however, been well publicised.

On the fortieth anniversary of Airey Neave's murder

The article below was published on the ConservativeHome website on 30 March. In it, Alistair Lexden reviews a new biography, and writes about his own memories of the man whom he assisted on Northern Ireland issues at a time when terrorists were inflicting so much suffering, not just in Ulster but in other parts of the country too.

The worst Prime Minister

In its editorial on 23 March, The Spectator declared that ‘Lord North is one of the few beneficiaries of the May premiership: he is now no longer the worst prime minister in our history.’ In a letter published in the next issue of the magazine on 30 March, Alistair Lexden showed that North was a

Judging the House of Lords fairly

A strong case can be made for replacing the existing unelected House of Lords by an upper chamber with a membership determined by the votes of the people. But the value of the work done by the Lords today should not be underestimated.