Ratting and Re-ratting

Some recent letters in The Spectator magazine have featured politicians who altered their positions—more than once. Alistair Lexden contributed to the correspondence with a short letter published on 22 June.

The triumph of William Pitt

Pitt’s remarkable political success from the 1780s until his early death in 1806 is the most memorable feature of a new book about his bitter rivalry with Charles James Fox.

The duplicity of Conservative MPs

The parliamentary stage of the Tory leadership contest ended on 20 June amid widespread reports of dirty tricks and bullying by Boris Johnson's supporters designed to influence the choice of the second candidate to be put forward to Party members.

Neville Chamberlain: A formidable politician

On 17 June, a letter published in The Times stated that “the assessment that Mrs May is oddly lacking in political skills may be unusual but not unique in Britain’s prime ministers” and went on to claim that Chamberlain falls into the same category.

Tory leadership concepts since 1965

Over nearly fifty-five years they have changed considerably in some respects, but not in others, as Alistair Lexden pointed out in an article published in Parliament’s House Magazine on 17 June.


A man who was loved and loathed

Lord Beaverbrook, the famous press magnate, made friends and enemies everywhere. A new biography of him has recently been published . Alistair Lexden reviewed it for the issue of Parliament’s House Magazine dated 10 June.

Parliament paralysed

As a historian, Alistair Lexden is often asked: “what precedents are there for today’s extraordinary, long-running political crisis?”

D-Day 75 years on

On 4 June, the Lords held a debate to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. In his contribution, Alistair Lexden spoke principally about Churchill’s role.

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Queen Victoria's sketches of her children

A number of Queen Victoria’s drawings of her children, which were given to the British Museum in 1926, are to go on public display for the first time to mark the bicentenary of her birth in 1819.