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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

Colonel Fred Burnaby - a Legendary Victorian Hero

Colonel Fred Burnaby became a legend in his own Victorian lifetime which was cut short at the age of 42. He was killed in the Sudan by a spear through the throat on 17 January 1885 while serving as a senior commander in the famous, ultimately abortive expeditionary force sent to rescue General Gordon besieged in Khartoum by fanatical Moslems led by the Osama bin Laden of his day. 

The Lords Farce

There is even more to the bizarre story of Baroness Stowell , the first Lords Leader without a Cabinet seat, and the Chancellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster than Charles Moore indicates (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 July).