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Tag: The Independent

August 15, 2017

Grim Grenfell

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the giant coffin and stain on government that is the Grenfell Tower should be demolished immediately   The giant, grim carbuncle that is Grenfell Tower is a stain on the councillors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and it should be torn to the ground immediately.   Allowing this monstrous … Continue reading “Grim Grenfell”

August 5, 2017

Trendifying Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

George Freeman MP denies he wants to create a Tory version of Glastonbury; imagining Theresa May boozing with Liam Gallagher definitely would be hard   Theresa May, Dizzee Rascal and Liam Gallagher would certainly make for unlikely bedfellows but now a Conservative MP, George Freeman, wishes to replicate Jeremy Corbyn’s success in such company at … Continue reading “Trendifying Theresa”

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”

May 16, 2017

Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Wacky Leeds born actor Geoffrey Bayldon was best known for playing Catweazle in the 1970s series of the same name as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. Bayldon also played ‘Q’ in Casino Royale in 1967, was gay, turned down the role of Dr Who twice thinking the series “too long” and enjoyed collecting watercolour paintings, … Continue reading “Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)”

March 29, 2017

The Downfall of The Donald

by Matthew Steeples

Could Donald Trump’s ‘Fall of Rome-style’ downfall be triggered by the actions of his very own family?   Donald Trump came to power promising to ‘Drain the Swamp’ of Washington. Thus far he’s made it bigger and though he might think appointing as many cronies and family members as possible to senior positions will protect … Continue reading “The Downfall of The Donald”

November 30, 2016

Going by God

by Matthew Steeples

After claiming she’s lead by God over Brexit, Theresa May bizarrely gets the backing of Kate Bush   On Sunday, Theresa May told The Sunday Times Magazine that her Christian faith is guiding her decisions around Brexit and also spoke of how leaving the EU keeps her awake at night.   Yesterday, in Maclean’s Magazine, … Continue reading “Going by God”

July 28, 2016

Quoting Darth Vader

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May to strip Downing Street of artwork in order to install her version of the ‘Ed Stone’   On Tuesday, The Independent revealed that Theresa May is to “replace some of the artwork hanging in Downing Street with framed quotations of the speech she made upon becoming Prime Minister”.   In the speech, May … Continue reading “Quoting Darth Vader”

September 5, 2015

Taking refuge with The Telegraph

by Matthew Steeples

Letter to ‘The Telegraph’ illustrates a sensible perspective on how England should behave towards “foreigners flying for refuge against oppression and tyranny”

June 16, 2015

Beavering at Ascot

by Matthew Steeples

A £25,000 top hat suitable for a gent who wants to stand out at Royal Ascot

May 29, 2015

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

by General

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012.

May 8, 2015

Ann Barr (1929 – 2015)

by General

Despite defining “The Sloane” and “The Mayfair Mercenary”, the co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook lived out her final years in Notting Hill 

March 23, 2015

James Bay

by General

This Hitchin, Hertfordshire born acoustic singer-songwriter declared that he “[doesn’t] want to be a prisoner in a hat” in an interview with The Independent’s Craig McLean

February 10, 2015

Afton Elaine Burton

by General

A one-time supporter and former fiancée of Charles Manson, Afton Elaine Burton moved from Illinois to Corcoran, California to be closer to a man she believed to be innocent.

February 4, 2015

Moron of the Month: Gregory Lauder-Frost

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice president of the Traditional Britain Group, as the second The Steeple Times ‘Moron of the Moment’

September 29, 2014

Evgeny Lebedev

by General

This “true romantic” and “Londongrad playboy” is the publisher of The Independent and the Evening Standard and also was involved in setting up the London Live television station. Evgeny Lebedev is the son of a billionaire ex-KGB agent and has been described as “a modern Machiavellian prince” and as having “a penchant for white silk suits”. … Continue reading “Evgeny Lebedev”

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 5, 2014

A rake’s progress

by Matthew Steeples

Businessman Peter Burrell solves the problem of keeping gravel level   Gravel drives are a joy and a nightmare at the same time. A crunchy drive, according to The Independent’s Jeff Howell is something that most would have on their bucket list at a “dream home” but with one, you get the problem of weeds … Continue reading “A rake’s progress”

July 28, 2014

Investigating Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial, we examine the merits of investigative journalism   Tulisa Contostavlos declared she’d had a “rollercoaster of a week” after she was convicted of assault in one case yet saw off another after it was thrown out due to the “serious misconduct” on the part … Continue reading “Investigating Tulisa”

December 19, 2013

Grace Dent

by Matthew Steeples

This Carlisle born author, broadcaster and columnist loathes Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland but loves Tartufo in Cadogan Gardens, SW3. Dent’s witty weekly Evening Standard column ‘Grace and Flavour’ is a must read as her acerbic commentaries about London’s best and worst eating spots are just brilliant. She has nearly 200,000 followers on Twitter and has … Continue reading “Grace Dent”

October 16, 2013

Prycing a sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Owen Jones is wrong to argue that Vicky Pryce shouldn’t have been locked up   In today’s edition of The Independent, Owen Jones, the author of Chavs, argues that “[Vicky] Pryce and her husband should never have been locked up for their crimes”. He is wrong.

September 30, 2013

Jack Monroe (also known as “A Girl Called Jack”)

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued blogger describes herself as a “freelance food-and-politics-gob” and responded to one of our articles by stating “I want no association with your s**t”. The Independent are the ones who ought to be ashamed: Why on earth do they choose to be associated with this lentil loathing moralising menace?

September 3, 2013

Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with writer, television personality and co-founder of Body Gossip Natasha Devon   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m driven by a desire to make everything fair (and to silence the people who would have us believe that injustice can be explained by that irritating platitude – “life’s … Continue reading “Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 31, 2013

Wally of the Week: David Irving

by Matthew Steeples

Holocaust denier made a fool of (yet again)   We thought that horrific Holocaust denier David Irving had disappeared but sadly that’s not the case. He’s back and he’s still spouting nonsense, drivel and poison. Thankfully though, he’s been royally stitched up again and for that reason he is the most worthy winner of our … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: David Irving”

August 20, 2013

Rich Ricci

by Matthew Steeples

This “ebullient” American’s name is most apt. A former Barclays bank executive who likes to wear sunglasses come rain or shine, Ricci retired to a Kentish mansion at 49 and supposedly travels by private jet to Dublin every weekend as he “just love[s] Irish racing”. With 40 horses in training and a take home total … Continue reading “Rich Ricci”

August 5, 2013

Throttling a table

by Matthew Steeples

Diners flock to ‘The Throttler’s Table’ at Scott’s   Last week The Sun revealed that Scott’s in Mayfair has been “inundated with requests” for the table where Charles Saatchi (allegedly) throttled Nigella Lawson.

August 1, 2013

The best things in life remain free

by Matthew Steeples

Papers and paywalls   This morning a paywall went up on The Sun’s online portal, Sun+. This move follows those of the The Times and the Telegraph and some might suggest they are commercially justifiable. We disagree

July 31, 2013

Looking for Lucan

by Matthew Steeples

ITV’s claims to have a solution to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lord Lucan are pure fantasy   There have been countless suggestions as to what happened to Lord Lucan after he disappeared without trace on 8th November 1974. As part of publicity for a forthcoming two-part drama starring Rory Kinnear, ITV, though, claim … Continue reading “Looking for Lucan”

July 17, 2013

Margaret’s mistake

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the late Baroness Thatcher attempted to get Jimmy Savile knighted four times, we call for a wholescale review of the British honours system   Today, The Independent revealed that it took the late Margaret Thatcher four attempts to get the late Jimmy Savile knighted.

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.  

March 12, 2013

Tanya Gold

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued journalist doesn’t care about causing offence.

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

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

October 27, 2012

Pippa Middleton

by Matthew Steeples

The sister of The Duchess of Cambridge was paid a £400,000 advance by Penguin for her first book, Celebrate. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Middleton’s view of her changed circumstances is simple: “It’s been a crazy few years since my sister’s wedding.” Whilst the chattering classes attack her and her family for cashing … Continue reading “Pippa Middleton”

August 21, 2012

Two ideal bedfellows

by Matthew Steeples

George Galloway MP backs Julian Assange   This morning’s The Independent carried the story of Julian Assange’s latest backer, George Galloway MP.   In a video podcast, Galloway suggests that the allegations against Assange should not be considered rape when he states:   “Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two … Continue reading “Two ideal bedfellows”

May 21, 2012

Karen Matthews

by Matthew Steeples

She told “The Mother Of All Lies” when she arranged for her degenerate boyfriend to help her kidnap her own daughter, Shannon, in 2008. She hid the poor child under a bed and basked in the media attention. Not being very bright was what resulted in her being caught and resultantly she failed to collect … Continue reading “Karen Matthews”

May 14, 2012

Suzanne Moore

by Matthew Steeples

This feminist daughter of a working class Tory is a lady who is truly independent. She votes with her feet and resigned from the New Statesman in disgust that Alastair Campbell was allowed to guest edit an issue. Honest and forthright, Moore stood in the 2010 General Election as an independent stating: “Vote for me, … Continue reading “Suzanne Moore”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

April 27, 2012

Rebekah Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest editor of a British national newspaper and a former wife of Eastender Ross Kemp. Educated in Warrington but now more likely to be found enjoying a day trip on a private jet to Venice. A true survivor who should not yet be written off.

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.

April 25, 2012

The greenest of Astons

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of an Aston Martin Virage Volante used by Prince Charles   A press release pinged into my inbox this morning from Bonhams that immediately caught my attention. It came from Leonora Oldfield of Bonhams, someone I hadn’t heard from since the days when we were both involved in fundraising for Lady Meyer’s PACT. … Continue reading “The greenest of Astons”

April 20, 2012

Pip Pip Hurray!

by Matthew Steeples

My response to Terence Blacker’s piece attacking Pippa Middleton   Pippa Middleton is not someone I know. I have seen her in bars and at parties but never spoken with her. I do not especially find her derrière attractive and I do not consider her to be one of the world’s most influential people. This … Continue reading “Pip Pip Hurray!”

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