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Tag: House of Lords

May 7, 2017

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

June 29, 2015

Wally of the Week: Alison Saunders

by Matthew Steeples

Now Alison Saunders has been proven wrong for having failed to charge Lord Janner with child sex offences, she should resign or be sacked

June 27, 2015

Harry Cole

by General

A former associate of Guido Fawkes’ Paul Staines, Harry Cole became The Sun’s Westminster correspondent in June 2015.

April 20, 2015

Prosecute the protectors

by Matthew Steeples

Those who have allowed Lord Janner to escape prosecution should take responsibility for their failures and those who have protected him should themselves be prosecuted

January 17, 2015

Lord Wei

by General

This English “social reformer” became the first British-born person of Chinese origin to enter the House of Lords in June 2010.

August 9, 2013

Wally of the Week: Sir Stephen Bubb

by Matthew Steeples

Hypocritical charity boss makes an utter fool of himself   The charity boss who stated that charity bosses earnings were “not excessive” this week it transpires had his 60th birthday party at the House of Lords paid for by donations.

August 2, 2013

Bigots attack Baroness

by Matthew Steeples

Trolls complain about Doreen Lawrence’s elevation to the peerage   Yesterday, we added the newly ennobled Baroness Lawrence OBE to our roll call of campaigners. Today, we’ve been inundated by tweets from those who disapprove of this move.

May 24, 2013

The Rt. Hon. The Lady Garden of Frognal

by Matthew Steeples

It’s quite simple. With a name like hers, this Oxford educated Liberal Democrat peer ought to be made the President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

April 21, 2013

The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath

by Matthew Steeples

Polygamous Lord Bath is as famed for his “wifelets” as he is for his erotically styled paintings. A prolific writer, this peer passed the management of his Longleat estate to his heir, Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in 2010. The pair subsequently fell out and in April 2013, Lord Bath stated: “I don’t feel inclined to … Continue reading “The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath”

March 29, 2013

Boars and politicos

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Westminster’s Blue Boar Smokehouse   Westminster is one of the most intriguing parts of London but it can also be one of the most soulless. It’s an area that is inhabited by politicians and civil servants and it is the haunt of tourists. It’s a place of regal pageantry and ceremony but … Continue reading “Boars and politicos”

March 22, 2013

Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fund manager Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? It’s a four letter word. It’s Gina, not the four letter word you were thinking about.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

October 31, 2012

Gaby Hinsliff

by Matthew Steeples

We’ve got nothing against this respected journalist and writer, but when we heard that the fashion mag Grazia had a “Political Editor at Large” we thought it was April Fool’s Day. Hinsliff also blogs at usedtobesomebody.blogspot.com and states that she resigned as political editor of The Observer to go “in search of a life.” She’s … Continue reading “Gaby Hinsliff”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

July 17, 2012

Lord Alton: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

“The Steeple Times” quizzes Lord Alton about what’s on his mantelpiece   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “The still small voice of calm” (from the Quaker poet, John Greenleaf Whittier).   “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Pretty much … Continue reading “Lord Alton: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 23, 2012

Shireen Ritchie, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Ritchie (1945 – 2012)

by Matthew Steeples

The stepmother of Guy Ritchie was the “grande dame” of the Kensington & Chelsea Conservative Association. This tireless campaigner encouraged diversity within the Tory party and successfully thwarted Lady Meyer’s attempts to become the candidate for the constituency. For that alone she deserved her knighthood. May she rest in peace.

May 18, 2012

Alan Miller

by Matthew Steeples

The nephew of That’s Life!’s Esther Rantzen is a financial titan and philanthropist. Miller is a founding partner and CIO of SCM Private, a Sloane Street based wealth management firm, but he’s best known for his successes at New Star Asset Management, Jupiter Asset Management and Gartmore Invetment Management. Here is a man of principle … Continue reading “Alan Miller”

May 13, 2012

Benjamin Boateng

by Matthew Steeples

A club promoter who thought he was above the law. Found guilty in October 2011 of a pre-planned sexual assault, this former actor was previously accused of a similar crime in South Africa whilst his father was High Commissioner there. That time the case was dropped but this time he’s been jailed for nearly four … Continue reading “Benjamin Boateng”

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

April 28, 2012

Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

by Matthew Steeples

“Lucky,” as he was known to his friends, was a man whose luck ran out on the 8th November 1974. A prolific gambler, Lord Lucan disappeared following the killing of his children’s nanny and he was subsequently declared legally dead in October 1999. Conspiracy theories as to his supposed whereabouts continue to this day. Amongst … Continue reading “Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)”

Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)

by Matthew Steeples

English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter. His career pottered along until he won an Oscar for Gosford Park in 2002. Subsequent success came with Downton Abbey in 2011 but his personal obsession with the Titanic disaster resulted in an iceberg of a flop with a 2012 ITV mini-series on the subject. Parties at Stafford … Continue reading “Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)”

April 27, 2012

Neil & Christine Hamilton

by Matthew Steeples

Eternally cheerful survivors. They’re amongst the few who’ve beaten both Max Clifford and speed cameras. No one ever guesses what they’ll do next.

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