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Tag: Sir Christopher Meyer

July 23, 2017

Enough is Enough

by Matthew Steeples

Funding for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must cease; £11 million spent with no result is evidence that enough is enough   Over £11 million has been spent in relation to the search for Madeleine McCann since the then 3-year old disappeared on 3rd May 2007. The result? Absolutely no progress and … Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

July 9, 2017

The Lady is a Snob

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer makes snobbish remarks on Twitter; in doing so she again proves she’s herself nothing but ghastly   The infamously “Chanel clad” wife of Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain’s former “red socked fop” ambassador to America, is known for her curt manner and finger pointing ways, but recently on Twitter, she opted to again illustrate … Continue reading “The Lady is a Snob”

June 9, 2017

Theresa’s Trumped

by Matthew Steeples

Blundering bin bag Theresa May will form a minority government today, but it won’t last; the nation want her and her nasty party gone   From the moment Theresa May awkwardly held Donald Trump’s hand in Washington back in January, it was all but over. Cursed by appearing a poodle to the worst POTUS in … Continue reading “Theresa’s Trumped”

April 29, 2017

Blocked by Nuttall

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples celebrates getting blocked by Paul Nuttall on Twitter   When someone blocks you on Twitter, you know you’ve won. In the past, I’ve been cut off by an array of ‘delights’ ranging from the sofa loving sad sack Sir Christopher Meyer to the foaming-at-the-mouth firebrand George Galloway. Others joining that list include the … Continue reading “Blocked by Nuttall”

March 19, 2017

Hero of the Hour – John Prescott

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Prescott is entirely right to suggest Jeremy Corbyn unfit to be Labour’s leader just as he was spot on about Sir Christopher “did nothing” Meyer over phone hacking   According to The Mail on Sunday, last Wednesday, at a meeting of the Labour party, the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, told Jeremy Corbyn: … Continue reading “Hero of the Hour – John Prescott”

March 12, 2017

Chop the Charitycats

by Matthew Steeples

As San Francisco socialite and clothes horse Joy Venturini Bianchi is highlighted to be an American version of her fellow former ‘charitycat’ Lady Meyer, it’s time that charities worldwide were better regulated   In Britain, in 2011, the “Chanel-clad” wife of the former British ambassador to Washington, Lady Meyer, faced criticism after The Telegraph revealed … Continue reading “Chop the Charitycats”

October 26, 2016

Overheard – 26th October

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Begging a feast In Gloucester Road, a beggar was overheard talking to an American old lady. He said: “I’m trying to get myself a feast”. She curtly answered: “Who do you think you are? Elizabeth I? Go to the park and kill a … Continue reading “Overheard – 26th October”

October 23, 2016

Meyer’s Oar

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Christopher Meyer pompously sticks his oar in (yet again)   Sir Christopher Meyer, a pompous man who rather enjoys the sound of his own dulcet tones a little too much, penned a column for this week’s Mail on Sunday in which he endorsed Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become President of the United States of … Continue reading “Meyer’s Oar”

August 8, 2016

Darth and Maddie

by Matthew Steeples

That the police have ended forensic work into the search for “missing” Madeleine McCann speaks volumes about Theresa May’s sheer lack of judgement   Yesterday, The Sunday Mirror reported that all forensic work into the search for “missing” Madeleine McCann is to stop. In doing so, British police have only confirmed all that we all … Continue reading “Darth and Maddie”

May 2, 2016

PACTing up

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer packs in charity

April 5, 2015

Meyer moves

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop

March 6, 2015

Mowbray Jackson

by General

Having once described himself as a “proud troll” on Twitter, this coat-tail hanging sort is often to be found in the company of the phone hacking obsessed bore Hugh Grant.

January 16, 2015

Evading justice

by Matthew Steeples

As alleged paedophile John Stingemore mysteriously dies, it is about time Theresa May finally acted over historic abuse allegations

October 13, 2014

Madeleine McCann review: When will it end?

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the review of the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has cost in excess of £10 million, Matthew Steeples asks: “When will it end?”

September 7, 2014

Stick to transparency

by Matthew Steeples

As the minister for civil society warns charities to ‘stay out of politics’, we urge him to reform this messy sector

August 26, 2014

You Decide: Pounding charity

by steepleadmin

How much of every pound or dollar donated should charities be able to allocate to administration?

April 20, 2014

Tim Walker

by Matthew Steeples

The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist is a man not afraid to take on the establishment. Together with his now former colleague Richard Eden, Walker’s diary extensively featured stories about the charitable activities of Lady Meyer in 2011 and made a fool of the PR for Mastercard after they told him what he was to tweet in … Continue reading “Tim Walker”

February 14, 2014

Piers’ problem

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan questioned over phone hacking   For too long Operation Weeting has focused on Rebekah Brooks. Now, with the revelation that Piers Morgan has been questioned under caution over alleged phone hacking, Scotland Yard are finally starting to wake up and smell the coffee.

October 14, 2013

Twittering McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Live reactions to the BBC’s ‘Crimewatch’ special on Madeleine McCann were far from in support of Gerry and Kate McCann on Twitter   A random sample of tweets during the BBC’s Crimewatch special on Madeleine McCann showed little support for the couple and little belief in the so-called “progress” Operation Grange has made in investigating … Continue reading “Twittering McCann”

October 9, 2013

Meddling with McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Latest Madeleine McCann stories leave more questions than answers   As Gerry and Kate McCann sue a former Portuguese police officer over his book about the 2007 disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, the Daily Express have revealed that a barrister has evidence that the child is still alive. As has become the norm with this … Continue reading “Meddling with McCann”

September 1, 2013

The special relationship goes John Major

by Matthew Steeples

Black and white analysis of the “special relationship” misses the point: it’s just turned grey   On Saturday, The Sun proclaimed that the “special relationship” between Britain and America was dead. This morning, our sofa-loving former man in Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, took the opposing view in The Mail on Sunday and suggested that it … Continue reading “The special relationship goes John Major”

August 7, 2013

Chaneling charity

by Matthew Steeples

Charities need to rethink how they pay their executives   It’s hardly news that many charity bosses (AKA ‘charitycats’) are earning in excess of £100,000 a year but once again the toothless Charity Commission is bleating instead of acting.

July 28, 2013

Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married, self-made billionaire publisher and philanthropist is a polarising force. Desmond’s portfolio has at various times included titles as diverse as the Daily Express, OK!, Asian Babes and Penthouse and this is used against him by enemies like Tom Bower who have also claimed that he’s “violent and dishonest”. Though some might loathe … Continue reading “Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)”

July 4, 2013

What about other missing children?

by Matthew Steeples

A new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann   A new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is all very well but given the colossal costs involved and the fact that many other children are missing, is it right that so many resources continue to be devoted to this case?

June 15, 2013

‘M’s’ the word

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May agrees to fund full-scale Met inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann   Last year, Theresa May hosted a reception with a woman named Lady Meyer in Downing Street. Kate McCann, the mother of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007, was amongst the guests. Now, it has been claimed that May has agreed … Continue reading “‘M’s’ the word”

June 2, 2013

Put this dying dog down

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues the case for scrapping the Charity Commission   The Charity Commission recently appointed a new chairman, William Shawcross CVO. The author and journalist is to be paid an astonishing £50,000 for just two days work a week and even he himself admits he’s taken on a “a poisoned chalice”.  

May 17, 2013

UKIP’s acceptability

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage comes under attack from all quarters   Yesterday, Nigel Farage came under attack from a bunch of yobs whilst visiting Edinburgh to support one of his candidates, Otto Inglis, who is standing in a by-election.  

May 2, 2013

Leave it out Leveson

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Stuart Hall and the case of Rolf Harris illustrate the damage that Leveson has done to the free press   The British press, until the onset of the phone hacking scandal, was generally celebrated for being free, inquisitive and in the main decent. Yes, indeed, there were bad apples but it truly … Continue reading “Leave it out Leveson”

April 28, 2013

The money of Maddie

by Matthew Steeples

The costs of the McCann investigation soar to £4.5 million   £6,228-a-day, £4,500,000 since May 2011. That’s a lot of money. It is also the figure of the costs of Operation Grange, Scotland Yard’s review of the Madeleine McCann investigation.  

April 14, 2013

Moving on

by Matthew Steeples

A monthly round up of the moves of the newsworthy   Fishing around   Poissonnerie on Draycott Avenue, popular with the likes of Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore, is for sale through Miles Commercial. The 6,700 square foot property, owned by respected restaurateur Peter Rosignoli, has a price tag of £14,000,000 and the agents … Continue reading “Moving on”

April 9, 2013

David Patrick Columbia

by Matthew Steeples

This gentleman giant is the editor-in-chief of Quest magazine and the founder of the New York Social Diary. A revered social chronicler, “DPC” as he is widely known, previously collaborated with Debbie Reynolds on her autobiography and has also variously been an actor and stockbroker. He is seen at all of New York’s best events … Continue reading “David Patrick Columbia”

March 17, 2013

Fernando Peire

by Matthew Steeples

This genial host is undoubtedly amongst the best connected on the London restaurant scene. Born in Gibraltar, Peire became senior maitre d’ at The Ivy in 1990 and after stints advising others such as Morton’s, The Halcyon Hotel and the Villa Nova in Barbados, he returned to The Ivy in 2007 as director. Instrumental in … Continue reading “Fernando Peire”

November 29, 2012

When good men should do nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples responds to the recommendations of Leveson   “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” was one of Edmund Burke’s most famous observations.   Today, David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were in court to face charges of … Continue reading “When good men should do nothing”

November 16, 2012

Put a sock in it

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes a look at the farcical results of the PCC elections   A former ambassador to the US undiplomatically Tweeted the following an hour or two ago: “Prezza beaten. Humberside policing saved.” His dovetailed stooge, one Mowbray Jackson, added: “Tiresome tub thumper ‘Lord’ Prescott rejected in PCC election. There is a god.”   … Continue reading “Put a sock in it”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

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”

Bravo the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reacts to the BBC quietly dropping the “Sir”   This morning when I turned on Radio 4’s Today programme, as has become customary in the last weeks, the first item on the news was about a man who will forever be associated with abuse and paedophilia, Jimmy Savile.   In recent days, as … Continue reading “Bravo the Beeb”

October 9, 2012

Now then, now then, not now then

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples shares his somewhat mixed thoughts on the allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile   When Sir Jimmy Savile’s 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche went to auction in July with a guide price of £60,000 to £90,000, he seemed destined to be remembered as a man who would continue to do as much good in death as … Continue reading “Now then, now then, not now then”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

June 10, 2012

Enough is enough

by Matthew Steeples

Has The Leveson Inquiry not gone on long enough?   The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press commenced on the 28th July 2011 and has gone on and on. Lord Justice Leveson seems like a perfectly decent chap, but that every week more and more tittle-tattle is aired by a … Continue reading “Enough is enough”

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

May 25, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP

by General

She called the Conservative Party the “Nasty Party” in a speech in 2002 and now Theresa May makes for a pretty nasty Prime Minister herself. Gaffe prone May failed to appeal to the police in May 2012 when they heckled her at the Police Federation conference and was too busy hosting a party with Lady … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP”

Helen Worth (born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth and also known as “Gail Platt”)

by Matthew Steeples

Raised in Morecambe, Lancashire at a seafront hotel, Worth has played Coronation Street’s Gail Platt since 1974. This former wife of the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine, Michael Angelis, lives between Cheshire and Chelsea and when not acting she’s often to be found campaigning for the Born Free Foundation.

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 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 & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)

by Matthew Steeples

She’s a British-Canadian journalist most famous for having an “extravagance that knows no bounds.” He was a media baron who denounced his Canadian citizenship to become a British peer. Life began to unravel in 2005 when he was charged and subsequently convicted on various charges of defrauding Hollinger, the company he led. “Citizen Black” got … Continue reading “Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)”

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

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