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April 5, 2017

Trumping Livingstone

by Matthew Steeples

Has Ken Livingstone become Britain’s answer to Donald Trump?   Father of five Ken Livingstone would no doubt hate the comparison but, putting him in perspective, he’s rather like a British version of the American father of five Donald Trump.   When Ken Livingstone doesn’t like what is said about him, he terms it “incredible … Continue reading “Trumping Livingstone”

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 26, 2015

The silent evil

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ highlights a shadowy evil lurking in our midst in Europe: Stille Hilfe

August 25, 2014

James Foley: A decent man

by Matthew Steeples

The last letter from journalist James Foley   Executed hostage James Foley devised a way of communicating with his family during his captivity. He dictated a letter to a fellow hostage about to be released. On Sunday, his family released the text of it on the Facebook page “Find James Foley”.

August 21, 2014

James Foley (1973 – 2014)

by General

This twice kidnapped “man of courage and dignity” was a “miner of truth” who bravely reported from war zones. Photojournalist James Foley was born in Rochester, New Hampshire and killed by a cowardly hooded ISIS executioner in Syria. As his friend and fellow Libyan hostage Nicholas Hénin commented: “He stayed upright and dignified to the … Continue reading “James Foley (1973 – 2014)”

September 1, 2013

Ask Mrs MILF: The agony aunt who’s naughty but nice

by Matthew Steeples

This week, Mrs MILF deals with a party invite with a clause, a husband who wants his wife to buy “gear”, an Old Etonian with a complex, a wealthy couple who have sex but no relationship and a wife who’s worried about Katie Hopkins.

June 15, 2013

A badge of honour

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times comes under attack from the BNP   Since founding The Steeple Times I’ve come under attack from many quarters. This week, though, I achieved the ultimate accolade. I was called a “leftie wanker” by a supporter of the British National Party.  

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”

April 26, 2013

Hillel Nahmad (AKA “Helly Nahmad”)

by Matthew Steeples

A scion of a prominent art dealing dynasty, Hillel Nahmad (or “Helly” as he’s known to his friends), is the proprietor of the Helly Nahmad Gallery.