Wrangling over the Elgin Marbles

How can the endless wrangling between Greece and Britain be brought to an end? Careful and sensitive discussion will be essential.

Pure thoughts on the Woolsack

A cheeky piece in the diary column of The Times  on 18 February suggested, not wholly plausibly, that the Commons has ‘its own version of the Mile-High Club’ which  makes use of the Speaker’s chair, but in the Lords the Woolsack was too uncomfortable for such a purpose, being stuffed with horseha

Prime Ministers and Chancellors

In a contribution to BBC Radio Four’s regular programme ‘Today in Parliament’, broadcast on 14 February, Alistair Lexden reflected on the relationship between the two people on whom the success of any government almost invariably depends.

Top student's prize presented by Alistair Lexden

On February 5, Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), welcomed Megan Wray and two of her teachers from Kingsley School, near Bideford in Devon to the Lords.

Airey Neave's murder

The obituary of a former Serjeant at Arms of the House of Commons, published in The Times on February 6, made a misleading reference to Airey Neave’s murder forty-one years ago. Alistair Lexden corrected it in a letter published in the paper on February 8.

Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale

A report appeared in The Daily Telegraph on February 3 about an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It will concentrate on her later years after she had achieved fame.

Gross police errors - unredressed

The Metropolitan Police brought grave discredit on themselves by the utterly irresponsible manner in which they investigated allegations of child sex abuse against a number of public figures including Lord Brammall and Leon Brittan (when he was dying).

He never said it: Disraeli and One Nation

Over and over again journalists and others attribute the phrase “one nation” to Disraeli. It is one of the most widespread of all the historical errors that are made.

Eating disorders and schools

Eating disorders are cruel diseases caused by mental health problems. On 4 February, a Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Parminter, introduced a debate on this serious issue in the Lords.