Recent News

Northern Ireland Budget

Billions of pounds were approved for public expenditure in Northern Ireland after no more a short debate in the Lords on 31 October.  This illustrated vividly the totally unsatisfactory way in which the Province’s affairs are now being handled.

Ted Heath - the damage that must be undone

In early October, the full scale of the misconduct committed by the Metropolitan Police in investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse and murder against distinguished public figures at last became clear with the publication of the full report of the retired high court judge, Sir Rich

Disraeli's wit and wisdom

“ A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy” 

“ Damn your principles ! Stick to your party”

“ I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole”

Disorder in the Commons over prorogation

The traditional ceremony to prorogue Parliament took place in the House of Lords just after 1.30 am on September 10. It was preceded by unruly scenes in the Commons. A number of opposition MPs held up placards with the word ‘Silenced’ on them.

Publications over fifty years

Apart from his school magazine which he edited, Alistair Lexden first appeared in print in 1969—with an edited  memoir of Hugh Holmes, Conservative Attorney-General for Ireland in the 1880s, and a book review in The Belfast Telegraph. Other publications followed over the ensuing fifty years.

An unexpected award

Alistair Lexden has presented a number of awards in the House of Lords over the last few years; on 16 May he unexpectedly received one.

Inhumanity in Brunei

Speaking in the Lords on 11 April (see below), Alistair Lexden condemned the barbaric decision of the Brunei government to make homosexuals liable to death by stoning under a new sharia penal code.

Protecting Parliament's archives

The grave damage done by the fire in Notre Dame last month has increased concern about the danger of a similar catastrophe at the Palace of Westminster, which is in a serious state of disrepair.