Armistice Day 1918

On 5 November, the Lords held a debate to mark the approaching centenary of Armistice Day.

In his speech, Alistair Lexden reflected on some of  the events of 11 November 1918.

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Civil Servants continue to rule Northern Ireland

For the best part of two years, public services in Northern Ireland have been under the control of civil servants. No elected politicians have been available to direct their work since the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive in January 2017.

The Lexden Prize

The Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which Alistair Lexden is President, has established a national award in his name.

A better class of insult

In his Times column on October 24, Matthew Parris praised Disraeli’s repertoire of insults under the headline: “Our verbally abusive MPs have nothing on Disraeli”.

A stylish survey of all our prime ministers

At the start of his career as a journalist in the mid-1980s, Andrew Gimson regretted the absence of a book that enabled the reader to gain a clear impression quickly of all Britain’s prime ministers. He has now written such a book. Alistair Lexden’s review of it follows.

School Partnerships in music

On 18 October, the Lords held an important debate on the state of music education in schools. Speaker after speaker expressed grave concern about the decline of the teaching and performance of music in our state schools. In most independent schools music continues to flourish.

Ted Heath - let down by a Tory Government

A year has now passed since the Wiltshire police brought to an end their much-criticised investigation of child sex abuse allegations against Sir Edward Heath, known as Operation Conifer. Seven unsubstantiated allegations were left unresolved.

Thatcher's law

On October 6, The Times reported that “councils across the country are seeking to evade scrutiny by restricting media access to meetings”.

A money-making Gladstone

Despite having a wealthy father, William Gladstone was never a rich man. The Hawarden estate in Flintshire, which came into his family through his wife, was unprofitable for years.