As the current Leader of Wessex Regionalists, the party that Alexander founded back in the late 1960s, I must pay tribute to this gentle soul, claimed by this deadly virus. I only met him 3 times, all at Longleat, where he entertained my colleagues and me as a very generous and engaging host, on one occasion in his private apartment – a very small group but with large amounts of red wine.
Over the years the press gave him a bad time but he was always a visionary and a character – something rare in the modern political landscape. Although he moved to the SDP when he joined the House of Lords, while the party he founded moved to the Green Left, he continued to support our efforts to create a more tolerant, just world, with Wessex at its heart. Maybe John Lennon got it right – in words that could certainly be applied to Alexander:-
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one