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Privy Councillors to the rescue?

Dissatisfaction wiith all the party leaders at this election led a Times reader to suggest that the Privy Council should be given a bigger role. In a letter published in the paper on December 6, Alistair Lexden pointed out—as he has done on previous occasions—that it has become much too large.

Neville Chamberlain - a man whose reputation has languished for too long

On 28 November, Alistair Lexden contributed to a run of letters in The Daily Telegraph putting the case for Neville Chamberlain’s handling of the Munich crisis. He ended his letter by referring to the plans he is making, in conjunction with others, for a memorial plaque in Birmingham.

Comfort for Prince Andrew

Alistair Lexden recounted what happened to an earlier Duke of York in a letter published in The Times on November 25.

Lloyd George and the Versailles Treaty 100 years on

In February, Alistair Lexden addressed the annual conference of the Lloyd George Society on the collapse of his coalition government in 1922. The text can be found elsewhere on this website.

Costing Labour's Manifesto

The main front-page article in the Financial Times on November 6 was devoted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s fury over the Treasury’s refusal to cost Labour’s programme, which would have compromised its political impartiality.

Bercow, Buckingham and the Lords

The convention that the major parties do not put up candidates against a Commons Speaker seeking re-election is widely believed to be of long-standing; in fact, it is quite recent, as Alistair Lexden has pointed out several times in the media.

Was George IV a bad king?

George IV has had few admirers. He is remembered for running up colossal debts, becoming grossly fat, feuding constantly with his father, George III, and persecuting his wife, Caroline, who was banned from his coronation in 1821.

Unfulfilled hopes after the First World War

It was not, as everyone hoped a century ago, ‘the war to end all wars.’ The League of Nations has frequently been blamed for failing to fulfill the world’s hope of unbroken peace.

December elections

Alistair Lexden recalled three previous December contests in a letter published in The Times on October 31, the day that the Bill providing for an election on December 12 became law.

The Prime Minister and the union with Northern Ireland

In an oral question in the Lords on 28 October—his last before the general election--Alistair Lexden returned to an issue about  which he has always felt particularly strongly: Northern Ireland.