Keeping the working classes out

It is widely assumed that democracy in Britain stemmed from the Reform Bill of 1832. Alistair Lexden takes a different view, as he made clear in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on 21 December.


Why the election campaign lasted so long

Writing in The Spectator on 7 December, Charles Moore noted that the February 1974 election campaign was over in three weeks, but ‘now six weeks is the law of the land, ensuring boredom and disruption for all’. He held that this was one of ‘the many faults’ of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

Privy Councillors to the rescue?

Dissatisfaction wiith all the party leaders at this election led a Times reader to suggest that the Privy Council should be given a bigger role. In a letter published in the paper on December 6, Alistair Lexden pointed out—as he has done on previous occasions—that it has become much too large.

Neville Chamberlain - a man whose reputation has languished for too long

On 28 November, Alistair Lexden contributed to a run of letters in The Daily Telegraph putting the case for Neville Chamberlain’s handling of the Munich crisis. He ended his letter by referring to the plans he is making, in conjunction with others, for a memorial plaque in Birmingham.

Comfort for Prince Andrew

Alistair Lexden recounted what happened to an earlier Duke of York in a letter published in The Times on November 25.

Celebrating the success of the Independent Schools Association

In February, Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), held a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the continuing steady growth of the Association, which works of behalf of smaller, community-based independent schools throughout the country.

Lloyd George and the Versailles Treaty 100 years on

In February, Alistair Lexden addressed the annual conference of the Lloyd George Society on the collapse of his coalition government in 1922. The text can be found elsewhere on this website.

Costing Labour's Manifesto

The main front-page article in the Financial Times on November 6 was devoted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s fury over the Treasury’s refusal to cost Labour’s programme, which would have compromised its political impartiality.

Bercow, Buckingham and the Lords

The convention that the major parties do not put up candidates against a Commons Speaker seeking re-election is widely believed to be of long-standing; in fact, it is quite recent, as Alistair Lexden has pointed out several times in the media.

Rights for sibling couples - restating the case

On 5 November, the last day before Parliament was dissolved, Alistair Lexden returned to an issue which has preoccupied him a great deal in the last two years and which he will be taking up again in the new Parliament: the complete absence of legal protection for sibling couples who share their l