Bridge or Tunnel?

Calls are being made for the building of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prominent supporters include the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on whom Mrs May depends to win votes in Parliament. On 12 June Boris Johnson said the idea should be seriously explored.

The First Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry is now the Second Duke of Sussex. What was the first one like? Alistair Lexden revealed some of his quirks of character in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on 23 May.

Wellington's test

Writing in The Spectator on 12 May, Charles Moore regretted that the present (ninth) Duke of Wellington had not followed the example of his famous predecessor, who urged peers not to tamper with important legislation passed by the Commons even if they disagreed with it strongly.

Asquith's 400 new peers - a precedent for Brexit?

The House of Lords has been strongly criticised in certain quarters for amending the EU Withdrawal Bill in a number of significant respects. Some people are suggesting that the aim is to derail Brexit.

Enoch Powell and conservatism

The recent 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech brought out his critics in force.

Poor quality special advisors

Nearly 90 temporary civil servants, known as Special Advisers, work directly for government ministers, assisting them with the party political aspects of their work.

The Fawcetts - a unique tribute

On 24 April, Dame Millicent Fawcett, leader of the highly successful, law-abiding women’s suffragist campaign, became the first woman to be commemorated by a statue in Parliament Square.

60th anniversary of life peerages

On 30 April 1958, Harold Macmillan’s Bill to create peers for life became law. Alistair Lexden marked the 60th anniversary of this major constitutional reform by publishing an account of the Bill, and what was said about it at the time, in Parliament’s House Magazine.


Neville Chamberlain - the unappreciated merits

This article stems from a lecture which I gave at the Carlton Club in March. I have for long been deeply interested in the career of Neville Chamberlain, the man who founded the Conservative Research Department where I spent much of my career.

Disraeli's Abyssinian triumph

On 4 April, a report in The Daily Telegraph referred to a scheme being considered by the Victoria and Albert Museum under which Ethiopia would be allowed to loan some of the historic items brought from that country (then known as Abyssinia) 150 years ago after its defeat by British forces.