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June 7, 2017

A Take On Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Artist Enzina Fuschini showcases her take on Theresa May at an exhibition in Chelsea; the work is supposedly anything but political   Italian artist and designer Enzina Fuschini held a press preview for her ‘Impact’ exhibition at Chelsea’s 508 Gallery on the Kings Road last night.   Aside from eleven 100cm by 100cm oil on … Continue reading “A Take On Theresa”

May 30, 2017

Wally of the Week – Andre Walker

by Matthew Steeples

Whackjob former Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed ‘journalist’ Andre Walker tells ‘The Steeple Times’: “In the words of Trump: ‘You are fake news’” (and then blocks us)   Andre Walker is of the Donald Trump school when it comes to dealing with situations he doesn’t like: This former Tory bullyboy turned Breitbart braggart and … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Andre Walker”

May 27, 2017

Margaret Burke

by General

The Tories may have a former member of the IRA as a councillor in Croydon in the form of Maria Gatland, but Labour proudly feature a convicted racist jailbird and hunt saboteur on one of their party’s websites. Elected as a councillor in Milton Keynes in 2012 in spite of having previously dressed in Nazi-style … Continue reading “Margaret Burke”

May 23, 2017

A Brylcream Bigot

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage’s communications man, “political poet” Dan Jukes, sinks to a new low in the wake of the attack on innocence in Manchester; this beer swilling bigot should henceforth be ignored   In the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, Nigel Farage’s communications man, Dan Jukes, did not unite with … Continue reading “A Brylcream Bigot”

May 10, 2017

The Tossers vs. The 48%

by Matthew Steeples

The 48% must make themselves heard at the 2017 General Election; they must vote tactically and do all they can to prevent the landslide ‘Queen Bee’ Theresa May is headed for   With UKIP’s first MP on trial for 14 counts of electoral fraud, 30 individuals connected to the Conservative Party facing potential prosecution in … Continue reading “The Tossers vs. The 48%”

May 6, 2017

Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)

by General

New York born, Yale educated Jack Schlossberg is the only grandson of JFK. The son of designer and artist Ed Schlossberg and former Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Schlossberg co-founded ReLight New York, a non-profit organsiation that installed fluorescent lights in low-income housing developments, whilst at school and has expressed a desire to pursue a … Continue reading “Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)”

April 28, 2017

Another Corbyn Calamity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports that Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to enthuse a child in Harlow didn’t go down well; children and politicians should never mix   Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn headed to Harlow, Essex. He gave a speech to an assembled audience – including a woman with an upside down Labour poster – and then picked up a … Continue reading “Another Corbyn Calamity”

April 16, 2017

Failing to Come Together

by Matthew Steeples

Whilst Theresa May’s Easter message is nothing but a damp squib, Jeremy Corbyn’s response is as much use as a chocolate teapot   “Let us come together… Let us build a stronger, fairer Britain that works for everyone”, clucked Theresa May on Sunday in a 3:10 minute Easter message posted on YouTube.   Mixing her … Continue reading “Failing to Come Together”

March 23, 2016

Wally of the Week – Piers Morgan

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan toadying up to Donald Trump over the terror attacks in Brussels can only be described as utterly repugnant

December 9, 2015

Janan Ganesh

by General

Journalist, author and political commentator Janan Ganesh is a regular on Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics.

June 30, 2015

Return of the Ed

by Matthew Steeples

Ed Stone recreated in the grounds of Carphone Warehouse founder’s Leicestershire estate

June 8, 2015

Supporting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ backs Sol Campbell for Mayor of London

June 3, 2015

Trumping Clinton

by Matthew Steeples

An American election contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would most definitely be something to relish

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

A £25 million Westminster house that was the scene of all things scandalous

May 24, 2015

Mhairi Black MP

by General

“Baby of the House” Mhairi Black is the youngest MP since 1880. She is a lesbian, Bible reader and supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club.

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

Freelance journalist and commentator Serena Cowdy blogs as ‘Cowdy Calling’.

April 17, 2015

Saluting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

Sol Campbell should be saluted for participating in the Operation Black Vote campaign to encourage minorities to register to vote

Wealth not air

by Matthew Steeples

Thrillist’s analysis of the best and the worst features of each London neighbourhood yielded fascinating results – most especially in the case of Kensington and Chelsea

March 23, 2015

Martin Taylor

by General

Despite Ed Miliband condemning the Conservatives as “the party of Mayfair hedge funds”, Labour happily and hypocritically accepted £591,800 from Mayfair hedge fund boss Martin Taylor between 2012 and 2015.

March 21, 2015

A Diamond fundraiser

by Matthew Steeples

As Bob Diamond’s wife prepares to host a fundraiser for a Democratic candidate, we ponder whether his daughter will be tweeting about it

February 23, 2015

Jack Duffin

by General

Hillingdon based Jack Duffin was selected to stand as UKIP’s candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the May 2015 General Election.

February 13, 2015

Taking the UKIP

by Matthew Steeples

As UKIP select ‘pop preacher’ George Hargreaves as a candidate, we reveal details of his curious past

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.

January 3, 2015

Outing Heath and Brittan

by Matthew Steeples

Former Prime Minister Edward Heath and former Home Secretary Leon Brittan described as “alleged paedophiles” by Breitbart

December 26, 2014

Sandra Howard, Lady Howard (née Sandra Paul)

by General

Four times married and the wife of the former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard since 1975, Sandra Howard is a mother of three who began her career modelling for David Bailey and Norman Parkinson.

October 20, 2014

The Monica Factor: Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter

by Matthew Steeples

Monica Lewinsky takes to Twitter (but don’t expect any mention of Bill Clinton)   On Monday, Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter and within a couple of hours despite her having tweeted just twice, she had gained over 34,000 followers.

September 30, 2014

Teresa Gorman

by General

This Putney born former Conservative MP was described as being “still frisky at 81” by the Daily Mail’s Jane Fryer in October 2012.

September 24, 2014

The best for Britain?

by Matthew Steeples

Pictures from ‘The Mirror’s’ Labour Party conference provide illustration just how awful a government led by Ed Miliband would be for Britain

September 19, 2014

Sensible Scotland

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland has taken the right decision   Yesterday the Scottish came out in force and voted ‘no’ to independence. Though the ‘Better Together’ campaign’s win is by a relatively small margin and though their campaign was poorly orchestrated, it is a victory nonetheless and we should all celebrate the common sense of this decision.

September 14, 2014

A royal’s view on the Union

by Matthew Steeples

The Queen breaks her silence on Scotland’s future   Can the Queen succeed where the hapless ‘Better Together’ campaign has failed? Today, as she left church in Scotland the monarch reportedly told a member of the public: “I hope people will think very carefully about the future” according to Sky News.

Where is David Cameron?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron needs to show his hand   Yesterday, David Cameron attended the wedding of his wife’s half-brother, Jake Astor. Unlike others, we have no problem with that but at a time when Isis have beheaded a British hostage and when the Union teeters on a knife-edge, many have called for … Continue reading “Where is David Cameron?”

May May go

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron would do well to send Theresa May on her merry way   Those suggesting David Cameron will have to resign if Scotland votes ‘yes’ to independence are missing the point. It is not Cameron who should be under fire right now; it’s Theresa May.

August 27, 2014

Picture of the Week: Caravan man

by Matthew Steeples

An image of Nigel Farage outside his home shows his true character   God help us: They say we get the leaders we deserve and our Picture of the Week clearly shows what we’d be getting if we ever elect Nigel Farage as our Prime Minister.

July 8, 2014

Frank Furedi (born Ferenc Furedi)

by Matthew Steeples

This Hungarian “former student radical” and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent argued that historic abuse offences should effectively be swept under the carpet on Newsnight in July 2014. Faversham based Furedi – who is married to the CEO of the UK’s largest independent abortion provider – has previously bizarrely leapt to … Continue reading “Frank Furedi (born Ferenc Furedi)”

April 3, 2014

Steaking Red Ken

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar   James Gillray (1756 – 1815) was a Chelsea born caricaturist and printmaker and is most famous for his satires against George III. In naming their restaurant after him, the Marriott County Hall has firmly pinned themselves to honouring his spirit and life.

October 1, 2013

Byron Bradshaw: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with New York based fashion entrepreneur Byron Bradshaw   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’d rather be dead than boring.  

August 30, 2013

Georgina Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

The daughter of the billionaire publishing magnate and politician Michael Bloomberg and his Yorkshire born wife, this passionate equestrian divides her time between New York and Florida. A New York University graduate and generous philanthropist, Bloomberg has written three “young adult” novels: The A Circuit, My Favorite Mistake and Off Course. She featured in Jamie … Continue reading “Georgina Bloomberg”

August 21, 2013

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

by Matthew Steeples

The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was appointed in August 2013 and is a descendant of John Winthrop, an early 17th century governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Married to the heiress to the Jack Daniels whiskey empire, Barzun was a fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 campaign and head of strategic planning for Halsey … Continue reading “Matthew Winthrop Barzun”

August 4, 2013

Seeing blue

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Atlantic Wire’ compares the British Conservative Party with both the American Republican Party and Democratic Party   Traditionally the British Conservative Party is seen to align itself to the American Republican Party whilst the British Labour Party finds itself having more in common with the American Democratic Party. An article this week in The … Continue reading “Seeing blue”

July 23, 2013

Word of the Week: Quockerwodger

by Matthew Steeples

Words worth using   Nick Clegg is a quockerwodger as he behaves like a puppet and is controlled by David Cameron’s strings.

July 15, 2013

A Fyne accord

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Covent Garden’s Loch Fyne Restaurant   In May 2004, the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Clachan in Argyll, Scotland became famous after Gordon Brown and John Prescott met there to discuss and agree who would be Tony Blair’s successor.

June 13, 2013

Return of a King

by Matthew Steeples

William Dalrymple suggests the past should guide anyone considering invading Afghanistan   Last night I attended a reception hosted by Sir Tom Stoppard and the Founders’ Circle of the London Library at the East India Club with my great friend Barbara Minto. At it, the writer and historian William Dalrymple gave a brief but fascinating … Continue reading “Return of a King”

May 10, 2013

Des sends in the clowns

by Matthew Steeples

Des Lynam shows his support for UKIP   On the 5th May, The Independent suggested that the former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton will stand for the United Kingdom Independence Party at the June 2014 European elections. This has neither been confirmed nor denied but today UKIP gained another well-known supporter when former sports television presenter … Continue reading “Des sends in the clowns”

Martha Kearney

by Matthew Steeples

This “avid bee-keeper” is the main presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World At One. When interviewed by The Guardian in 2011, Oxford educated Kearney stated: “I wouldn’t think of myself as a Loose Woman”. We’re glad to hear it. This voice of reason is indeed far from that.

May 9, 2013

Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

“He condensed good and evil. An extraordinary personality” was Pier Ferdinando Casini, head of the Italian centrist Democratic Center Union party’s description of this seven times Prime Minister of Italy. Andreotti was given many nicknames by his detractors. Amongst them were the monikers of Beelzebub, The Hunchbank, The Black Pope and Divo Giulio (after Julius … Continue reading “Giulio Andreotti (1919 – 2013)”

May 3, 2013

Linked in more ways than one

by Matthew Steeples

The links between Owen Oyston, William Roache and Stuart Hall   Board meetings of Ridings Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiaries and Oystons Limited must have featured some interesting conversations as at them three well-known men were eligible to attend. Those three men, as of today, variously have served a jail sentence for rape, been … Continue reading “Linked in more ways than one”

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 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

March 14, 2013

Bankrupt in Barton Street

by Matthew Steeples

The story of “fallen tycoon” Brian O’Donnell, the differences between bankruptcy in the UK and Ireland and an £11 million mansion   In these straightened times, the media in general and the Daily Mail in particular quickly latch on to stories about benefit scroungers living in luxury homes. They’re less quick, however, with the exception … Continue reading “Bankrupt in Barton Street”

March 10, 2013

Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks writer, broadcaster and entertainer Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Christine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you say so dear.  

Keep Calm and Get Certified

by Matthew Steeples

Is it time for “Keep Calm And…” to “Sod Off And Get Lost”?   Since 2001, whatever the situation and whatever the context, three words, “Keep Calm And…”, can and often have been applied. The rediscovery of what was originally a British wartime propaganda poster in a secondhand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland set about this … Continue reading “Keep Calm and Get Certified”

March 1, 2013

My Heart Won’t Go On

by Matthew Steeples

An Australian tycoon announces a bizarre plan to launch a replica of the doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic   This week, a “brash” 58-year old Australian mining tycoon named Clive Palmer announced that he will launch a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic in 2016.     On hearing of this, I wondered if April … Continue reading “My Heart Won’t Go On”

November 18, 2012

All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy

by Matthew Steeples

A Modernist masterpiece based upon simple rationalism   Two buildings were designed by architects Carlo di Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1953 – 1954 in Milan’s Via dei Giardini. Both are considered Modernist masterpieces and both stand proudly in this, the city’s only tree lined street.   Carlo di Carli (1910 – 1999) is considered … Continue reading “All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

November 4, 2012

Adele Adkins

by Matthew Steeples

“I don’t know what’s going to happen if my music career goes wrong,” states this Tottenham born singer. Having been named “one of the most influential people in the world” by TIME Magazine and broken the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, she really need not worry. Adele’s still … Continue reading “Adele Adkins”

November 1, 2012

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

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”

May 22, 2012

The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber

by Matthew Steeples

The daughter of the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber lives in New York and is a contributor to MSNBC. Her Single Girl’s Guide was published in both the UK and America and her debut show Touched… For The Very First Time was a mighty success in the West End in 2009. Described as a “petite polymath,” … Continue reading “The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber”

May 17, 2012

Bono (Paul David Hewson)

by Matthew Steeples

This Irishman is one of the world’s best-known philanthropic performers. Having invested £56 million in Facebook in 2009, he’s now the richest living musician. His shareholding of 2.3% in the company is now worth some £940 million. This “face of fusion philanthropy” is rarely seen in public without his trademark sunglasses and created his stage … Continue reading “Bono (Paul David Hewson)”

May 15, 2012

Petronella Wyatt

by Matthew Steeples

“Petsy” brilliantly combines life as a writer and journalist with being a social dynamo. When interviewing Janet Anderson, then Labour Minister for Women, she suggested that: “Under Labour, women will become more promiscuous.” Her own relationship with Boris Johnson was a very public affair but the daughter of Lord Wyatt of Weeford deserves to be … Continue reading “Petronella Wyatt”

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.

Henry Deedes

by Matthew Steeples

Grandson of the late Lord “Bill” Deedes, inspiration for William Boot in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop! This columnist for the Daily Mail has the driest of wits and is particularly anti Chelsea tractors.

Trenton Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

He swam into the path of the Oxford vessel in the 2012 Xchanging Boat Race. Oldfield claimed to be protesting about “elitism” but it transpired that he was himself educated at a private school and the LSE. His hypocrisy knows no bounds and thankfully he ended up in the clink.

April 8, 2012

Keep your oar out Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Trenton Oldfield: the man who temporarily halted the 2012 Boat Race   “Why are the right such angry people?” asked @NotAGateway, the shared Twitter account of Deepa Naik and her boyfriend Trenton Oldfield yesterday afternoon.   In this comment, Oldfield, who had just managed to swim into the path of the Oxford boat in … Continue reading “Keep your oar out Oldfield”

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