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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

Was George IV a bad king?

George IV has had few admirers. He is remembered for running up colossal debts, becoming grossly fat, feuding constantly with his father, George III, and persecuting his wife, Caroline, who was banned from his coronation in 1821.

Unfulfilled hopes after the First World War

It was not, as everyone hoped a century ago, ‘the war to end all wars.’ The League of Nations has frequently been blamed for failing to fulfill the world’s hope of unbroken peace.