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Another Duke of Sussex who went his own way

There have been a number of Dukes of Sussex over the centuries. Prince Harry’s most recent predecessor was George III’s sixth son who lived from 1773 until 1843.

A new bill to help cohabiting sibling couples

During the last two years, Alistair Lexden has campaigned in the Lords to end the gross unfairness with which cohabiting sibling couples are treated by the legal and tax systems.

Appeasement: Never-ending controversy

There are many books about Neville Chamberlain and his search for a peaceful settlement with Germany in the late 1930s. Passions still often run high in discussions of the subject. No consensus has been reached by historians or the public at large—and probably never will be.

Watch: A visit to Stanley Baldwin's country home

Three times Prime Minister, Baldwin dominated British politics during the inter-war period. Applauded while he was in office, he was later criticised severely for not rebuilding our defences in the face of the Nazi threat—a charge that many historians today believe to be unfair.

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.