A federal UK post-Brexit?

An article in the final issue of The Spectator for last year suggested that Lords reform might become a serious possibility after Brexit. Alistair Lexden takes a different view, as he explained in the main letter in the first issue of the magazine for 2019.

Lord Lexden featured in WR Magazine

In September, Lord Lexden delivered an address following the unveiling of a statue of Stanley Baldwin in Bewdley, recalling the character and the achievements of the three-time Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader for fourteen years from 1923 to 1937.

Too many Privy Counsellors

On a number of occasions in the last few years, Alistair Lexden has drawn attention to a neglected example of unduly generous prime ministerial patronage. He returned to the issue in his last letter of 2018, which was published in The Times on December 29.

Two great injustices

Throughout the year, Alistair Lexden has expressed outrage about the damage done to the reputations of a former Prime Minister and a world-famous Anglican Bishop—Edward Heath and George Bell—by unsubstantiated allegations of child sex abuse made  after their deaths.

Lessons from the confidence vote in Mrs May

The main lesson perhaps is that an incumbent leader needs an overwhelming majority in order to silence his or her critics, and bring the Party back under reasonably firm control.

Justice for Ted Heath - support in the Lords grows

Over recent months Alistair Lexden has been making the case for an independent review of the investigation conducted by the Wiltshire police, known as Operation Conifer, into allegations of child sex abuse by Sir Edward Heath.

One Nation - Disraeli never said it

For years Alistair Lexden, the Conservative Party’s official historian, has been correcting the mistake that is constantly being made in attributing the famous phrase “One Nation” to Disraeli. It appeared again in The Times on 3 December.

Hero in war, hopeless in politics

A report in The Daily Telegraph on November 29 about a famous First World War painting prompted the following letter from Alistair Lexden, which was published on December 3 in the centre of the page with a picture of the painting in question.

School bullies

This was the headline over a leading article in The Times on November 17, stemming from a report in the paper that “local councils have been blocking special needs children from the basic assistance to which they are entitled”, spending £100 million in the process.