Dizzy's wise words

A letter in The Times on June 22  took issue with an article which claimed that the word “anecdotage” had been coined recently. In that letter, a misleading reference was made to Disraeli. Alistair Lexden sorted it out in a further letter, published on June 24.

Ted Heath's day of triumph

Alistair Lexden followed up his article on the 50th anniversary of Heath’s election victory in 1970 (which you can read here) with a letter to The Daily Telegraph on June 18.

Edward Colston - the man whom the statue commemorated

A dangerous and malign campaign against the statues of many great figures who served their cities or their country with distinction in the past has developed following the successful attack on the statue of Edward Colston by a Bristol mob on 7 June while the police stood idly by.

Lord Naseby - Sri Lanka's Friend at Westminster

Throughout a long Parliamentary career, Michael Morris, now Lord Naseby, has been Sri Lanka’s constant champion. His remarkable association with the country is the subject of his recent book. Alistair Lexden’s review of it was published in Parliament’s House Magazine on 25 May.

Dizzy and Boris

Boris Johnson encourages comparisons between himself and Churchill, about whom he has written a not very good book; professional historians delighted in pointing out the factual mistakes when it was published.

Tragic Princess who would have been Queen

Throughout her short life, Princess Charlotte (1796-1817) was in the direct line of succession to the throne. She was the only child of the Prince of Wales, later King George IV (1820-30), and his wife, Princess Caroline. This dissipated pair hated each other.

Wider access to independent schools - lessons from history

In the aftermath of today’s crisis, there may well be a disposition to re-examine the place of independent schools in British society. Any such re-examination should take into account what has happened in the past. The historical background is surveyed in the following article published on 22 May in an issue of the ISC’s Bulletin, which is circulated to its 1,300 member schools.

A peculiar parson

The Rev. David Johnson (1953-2020) was a flamboyant High Church Anglican priest, misogynist and wit (often mocking his own Bishops) who took to the bottle. In the mid-1970s, before ordination, he was a star performer in debates at the Cambridge Union.