A federal UK post-Brexit?

An article in the final issue of The Spectator for last year suggested that Lords reform might become a serious possibility after Brexit. Alistair Lexden takes a different view, as he explained in the main letter in the first issue of the magazine for 2019.

Lord Lexden featured in WR Magazine

In September, Lord Lexden delivered an address following the unveiling of a statue of Stanley Baldwin in Bewdley, recalling the character and the achievements of the three-time Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader for fourteen years from 1923 to 1937.

Too many Privy Counsellors

On a number of occasions in the last few years, Alistair Lexden has drawn attention to a neglected example of unduly generous prime ministerial patronage. He returned to the issue in his last letter of 2018, which was published in The Times on December 29.

Lessons from the confidence vote in Mrs May

The main lesson perhaps is that an incumbent leader needs an overwhelming majority in order to silence his or her critics, and bring the Party back under reasonably firm control.

One Nation - Disraeli never said it

For years Alistair Lexden, the Conservative Party’s official historian, has been correcting the mistake that is constantly being made in attributing the famous phrase “One Nation” to Disraeli. It appeared again in The Times on 3 December.

Hero in war, hopeless in politics

A report in The Daily Telegraph on November 29 about a famous First World War painting prompted the following letter from Alistair Lexden, which was published on December 3 in the centre of the page with a picture of the painting in question.

School bullies

This was the headline over a leading article in The Times on November 17, stemming from a report in the paper that “local councils have been blocking special needs children from the basic assistance to which they are entitled”, spending £100 million in the process.

Publish those letters

In a letter published in The Times on November 19, Alistair Lexden called for an end to the secrecy surrounding the process by which a vote of no confidence can be sought in the leader of the Conservative Party.

An unhappy admiral

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph at the beginning of November, Alistair Lexden revealed a hitherto little-known account of how the Armistice at the end of the First World War came to be brought into force at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.