Continuing his campaign to secure justice for sibling couples by means of an oral question in the Lords on 21 March , Alistair Lexden asked the government whether it had plans to take the action that is needed.
A strong case can be made for replacing the existing unelected House of Lords by an upper chamber with a membership determined by the votes of the people. But the value of the work done by the Lords today should not be underestimated.
On March 9, The Times reported that a letter from Queen Victoria to Tennyson was up for auction in New York. For years it had been available in Lincoln, with other lettters, to historians of the period.
On 15 December 1882, an Irishman, Myles Joyce, was hanged for the murder of a family of five in Maamtrasna on the Mayo/Galway border. He was an Irish speaker; the trial was conducted in English which he did not understand.