William Hay offers a well-researched and welcome antidote to the reactionary caricature of Peterloo mythology.
Posts by Alistair Lexden
Lord Lexden is the Conservative Party's official historian.
Alistair Lexden: Vivid writing, voracious research. Antonia Fraser’s account of the slow story of Catholic emancipation.
In her twenty-fourth book, she assembles a large cast of curious and colourful characters, much given to making outlandish remarks and fighting duels.
Just as they had with Joe Chamberlain before him, the Tory leadership wooed Lloyd George to fatally fracture the Liberal Party.
This unusual leader still evokes passions in his Party even decades after his surprise election victory.
The work done in partnership with Baldwin, and by Chamberlain alone after 1937, gave Britain some of the best welfare services in the world.
The row over the DUP fits into a long and inglorious tradition of mainland approbation towards, and ignorance of, Ulster Unionists.
It’s past time that the record was set straight on the life and achievements of this remarkable Tory statesman.
The political fallout from this bloody battle of attrition did more to enhance British prospects of victory than the actual fighting.
A new book charts how, over the course of a complicated career, he tried to bring peace to the island whilst defending British interests.
The reputation of this charming, honourable man deserves to be defined by more than Suez.
Alistair Lexden: Condemned in secret by persons unknown. The Church of England’s scandalous treatment of Bishop Bell
Our report exposes the astonishing inadequacy of the procedures through which the ecclesiastical authorities reached their verdict.
This book, by a three-time Tory candidate, records a troupe who represent ”a type of true Conservatism, for they represent at once permanence and improvement”.
To read this latest Daily Telegraph book of military obituaries is a profoundly humbling experience.
A new book claims the great man was an instrument of divine providence. He would not have been convinced, and nor should you be.
An austere, joyless tone informs most of the essays in this new book.