Super Saturdays

The momentous Commons debate on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on October 19 was dubbed ‘ Super Saturday’ by  MPs and commentators. What were the precedents for it? Alistair Lexden explained in a letter published in The Times on Super Saturday itself, October 19.

Independent schools - myth and reality

Alistair Lexden is President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), which works on behalf of some 530 smaller independent schools and represents their interests in public debate. The following article will be published in the next issue of the ISA Journal .

Police misconduct in London and Wiltshire

All the police officers in the Met who hounded public figures over child sex abuse allegations, and obtained search warrants illegally, were cleared of wrong-doing in a report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), published on 7 October.

Stanley Baldwin's Worcestershire home

Astley Hall, near Stourport-on- Severn was Stanley Baldwin’s country home for forty-five years. It had a small estate(by the standard of the time)of some 100 acres.

Disraeli in Manchester

The most remarkable Tory speech ever delivered in Manchester (where the Conservatives are holding their conference this week) was given by Disraeli in the famous Free Trade Hall on 3 April 1872.

Thomas Cook and the British Empire

The sudden collapse of Thomas Cook over the weekend of September 21/22 brought great hardship to travellers, and cost many people their jobs.

Conservative leaders and the constitution

Boris Johnson stirred widespread outrage by his inflammatory comments in the Commons on 25 September following  the Supreme Court’s judgement that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was illegal.

Far-sighted Tories and Ireland in 1914

Unionists (as Tories were known at the time) have been heavily censured for the ferocity of their opposition to Irish Home Rule before the First World War. Their vigorous support for armed resistance in Ulster has been widely condemed.