Articles

Deep Blue Boris

My friend Mark Field doubts whether Boris was a Tory at Oxford (NS Profile, 26 September). He was sufficiently interested to apply on graduation for a job in the Conservative Research Department where his father had once worked--rather by accident, it is true--as its first environment specialist.

How Balfour Chillaxed

Adrian Wooldridge ('The Cameron Way', 27 September) refers to one of Arthur Balfour’s hobbies—golf –but omits two others that were no less important to him: tennis (he played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in his sixties) and being spanked by his mistress, Lady Elcho. He was the greatest prime-ministerial exponent of ‘chillaxing’ in British history.

What kind of Tory is Boris Johnson?

The question was posed by Andrew Gimson in an article entitled ‘Boris the Tory’ which was published in the issue of the New Statesman that coincided with the 2014 Conservative Party Conference. The article includes the full answer to the question given by Alistair Lexden, the Conservative Party’s official historian.

Lord Lexden presses for greater public recognition of the tercentenary of the Hanoverian monarchy

Very little has been said or written so far about the tercentenary of “the arrival of the German Georges on the British throne”, to which John Jungclaussen referred ( “ Germany has moved on. Why haven’t you?”, Sept.27). The centenary of World War One has inspired many books; not one has appeared to mark the Hanoverian succession 300 years on. It was not even mentioned in the brief history of Anglo-German relations which you published on September 23.  This neglect is extremely regrettable.

The Hanoverian Succession and the Downfall of the Tory Party: A tercentenary essay

The insult was swiftly and defiantly embraced, and then brandished with pride, as insults sometimes are. The term Tory, an Irish word meaning bandit or thief, was adopted gleefully by those MPs –strong supporters of the monarchy every one – against whom it was hurled repeatedly during heated parliamentary debates in 1679–80 on legislation to exclude the Roman Catholic Duke of York, younger brother of Charles II who was childless in the legitimate line, from the succession to the throne.

Lord Lexden reflects on Ian Paisley's historical significance

In a letter published on September 19 in slightly edited form in The Times, Alistair Lexden drew attention to the grave harm done to the Ulster Unionist cause by Ian Paisley whose death on September 12 was followed extraordinary tributes to his work.

Lord Lexden marks the tercentenary of the start of the Hanoverian monarchy

On 1 August 1714 George, the Elector of Hanover, succeeded to the British throne. On 18 September he arrived in London. On 20 October he was crowned as King George in Westminster Abbey. Alistair Lexden assesses the far-reaching impact which the new royal dynasty had on party politics in Britain, with particular reference to the Tory Party for whom it spelt disaster.

The Speaker and the clerk of the Commons

In his book, Who Goes Home? Sir Robert Rogers, outgoing clerk of the House engaged in combat with Mr Bercow, cites a 1313 statute banning armour from both Houses.

Royal Yacht

The future Edward VII dominated Cowes week in the early 1890s through his prowess in sailing the first Britannia which later passed to his son (" Britannia to rule the waves once more, Aug. 2). In 1896, however, the Kaiser gained the upper hand sailing the giant Meteor II, a bigger, faster version of Britannia