Conservative leaders and the constitution

Boris Johnson stirred widespread outrage by his inflammatory comments in the Commons on 25 September following  the Supreme Court’s judgement that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was illegal.

Disraeli's wit and wisdom

“ A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy” 

“ Damn your principles ! Stick to your party”

“ I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole”

Far-sighted Tories and Ireland in 1914

Unionists (as Tories were known at the time) have been heavily censured for the ferocity of their opposition to Irish Home Rule before the First World War. Their vigorous support for armed resistance in Ulster has been widely condemed.

Political prorogations

On 17 September, the Supreme Court began its deliberations to determine whether or not Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament for five weeks.

Disorder in the Commons over prorogation

The traditional ceremony to prorogue Parliament took place in the House of Lords just after 1.30 am on September 10. It was preceded by unruly scenes in the Commons. A number of opposition MPs held up placards with the word ‘Silenced’ on them.

Annual change at the Independent Schools Association

At the beginning of September each year, a new Chair takes office at the Independent Schools Association (ISA), an organisation which has grown rapidly in the last few years and now has nearly 530 members, most of them small, community-based schools, very different from the big, expensive institu

Is the Commons Speaker always unopposed at elections?

It is repeatedly said that the political parties never put up candidates against a Speaker standing for re-election. This has only been the case in recent years, as Alistair Lexden pointed out in a letter published in The Times on September 10.

Debunking Chamberlain myths

Bruce Anderson, for many years a well-known political commentator, now writes a column about drink for The Spectator magazine. On 31 August he repeated the familiar criticisms of Neville Chamberlain.

‘Never do a Peel’ warning still haunts party today

It was under the heading above that an article by Alistair Lexden, commissioned by The Times after 21 MPs had lost the Tory whip, appeared in print on September 5. The piece was cut slightly for publication. The full text follows.