Ulster-Scotland link

On January 24, The Times reported that the Democratic Unionist Party wanted “ a 25-mile bridge or tunnel” (costing some £20 billion) between Northern Ireland and Scotland—in addition to the £1 billion in extra public spending agreed last year under its deal with the government.

That statue again

After telling the readers of The Times what he thought about the statue of Margaret Thatcher designed for Parliament Square (see below), Alistair Lexden criticised it strongly again in the London Evening Standard on 26 January.

An insult to Margaret Thatcher

For some months, a plan to erect a statue of Margaret Thatcher in Parliament Square has been under discussion.

Prince Charles at Gordonstoun

A recent episode of the popular Netflix series on the royal family featured Prince Charles’s schooldays at Gordonstoun. Was he badly treated? Alistair Lexden quoted words written by the Prince in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on January 8.

Airey Neave remembered

In a recent interview, one of the new Tory MPs elected last year, Kemi Badenoch, who is already making her mark, revealed that her political hero is Airey Neave, for whom Alistair Lexden worked as political adviser in the two years up until his murder in March 1979.

Dick the Bad: History's Most Famous Murder Suspect

An excellent, well-written new life of King Richard III by a Conservative MP was published recently. A review of it by Alistair Lexden follows.

Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
By Chris Skidmore
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20

Book review: Back from historical oblivion

The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne had a long and important career at home and abroad which ended abruptly a century ago in November 1917. A sudden fall from grace led to him being almost totally forgotten.

Who got women the vote?

The standard answer is Mrs Pankhurst and her law-breaking suffragettes. The credit really belongs elsewhere, as Alistair Lexden explained in the main letter published in The Daily Telegraph on December 21.

Churchill's fascist friend

Writing in The Spectator on 2 December, Charles Moore referred to a most cordial meeting between Churchill and Mussolini in 1927.

Women and hereditary titles

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 introduced gender equality in the monarchy: males no longer take automatic precedence over females in inheritance rights to the throne.