Trevor Fisher

The Old Corruption

The recent scandal over MPs’ expenses would not have raised an eyebrow in the 18th century when bribery was rife and rigged elections common. Trevor Fisher looks into that system and the slow path to reform.

Sex and Mr Gladstone

Trevor Fischer takes a second look at the Victorian prime minister's fascination with street-walkers.

Josephine Butler - Feminism's Neglected Pioneer

White slavery and under-age prostitution - two of the crusades associated with the social reformer Josephine Butler. Her contribution to the self-image of 19th-century women was, however, more complex than the lurid headlines might suggest, argues Trevor Fisher.