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19
Oct
2014
Julian Assange FI

Let’s be having you

What became of Julian Assange’s pledge to “leave soon”?   On the 18th August, Julian Assange announced he’d be leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London “soon”. Two months have passed and given he’s still there, he’s yet again proven himself to be a liar and an utter pest.

16
Oct
2014
Britain's member of the European Parliament Bloom makes a phone call ahead of a voting session in Strasbourg

Kipping with the BNP

EXCLUSIVE: Godfrey Bloom suggests that UKIP has become a refuge of ex-BNP voters in response to an article in ‘The Steeple Times’

14
Oct
2014
Brutus and Bloom FI

Brutus and Bloom

As UKIP founding member Godfrey Bloom MEP resigns in tandem with the BBC’s ‘The Farage Factor’ Panorama expose, we ask: “Has Brutus met his match?”

12
Oct
2014
Brooks Newmark, charities minister

Text-and-Tell

The “text-and-tell” replaces the “kiss-and-tell”

11
Oct
2014
Sex and the City FI 2

Sex and the City

SCM Private short film featuring the actress Helen Lederer reminds investors of the questions they should be asking

08
Oct
2014
Brenda Leyland FI

Blameless Brenda?

As the inquest into the death of Brenda Leyland opens and is adjourned, Matthew Steeples suggests that those who vilified her have as many questions to answer as they themselves asked

06
Oct
2014
Liberal with the smacks FI

Liberal with the smacks

Child beater speaks at Liberal Democrat conference   At the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday, Vince Cable complained that the Conservatives are “like UKIP without the beer” whilst Guido Fawkes shared pictures of delegates sleeping. Worse still – and also highlighted by Mr Fawkes – was news that the conference was addressed by a convicted child beater.

05
Oct
2014
Wolves FI

Video of the Week: How wolves change rivers

George Monbiot film showing the consequences of reintroducing wolves into the Yellowstone National Park is a ‘must watch’   Shared on Facebook by both filmmaker Ellen Perry and financier turned vintner Michael Polenske, a video named “How wolves change rivers” is a 4:33 minute “must watch”.

03
Oct
2014
Where is Fiona Woolf FI

Where is Fiona Woolf?

That Fiona Woolf has neglected her duties to the inquiry she is meant to head is an insult to victims of sexual abuse   On 5th September, the Home Secretary Theresa May appointed Fiona Woolf as the replacement for her previous discredited choice of candidate to head an investigation into how the UK’s institutions have handled their duties to protect children from sexual abuse. Since then, Mrs Woolf has failed to take her duties seriously and has not even bothered to set a date to appear before MPs.

02
Oct
2014
A wet kipper FI

A wet kipper

UKIP’s “big announcement” was nothing but a big disappointment   UKIP made a song and a dance about a sorry cabal of defectors in the run up to David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday and they promised a “big announcement” prior to the evening’s news headlines. All they produced, in reality, was what Media Guido termed a “damp squib”

30
Sep
2014
A Bitter Future FI

A Bitter Future

Home Secretary Theresa May creates A Bitter Future   The image we shared of the Flying Scotsman train with an unfortunately captioned poster of Alex Salmond was very popular. Now, this year’s Conservative Party conference has produced one that is nearly as good.

30
Sep
2014
Shame on the BBC FI

Shame on the BBC

The BBC should not show footage of convicted sex offender Jonathan King in a forthcoming documentary about the rock band Genesis

24
Sep
2014
Youve been fenced FI

You’ve been fenced!

‘Daily Mail’ publishes a non-story about a couple who are wrongly claiming to being “held prisoner” by their neighbours

23
Sep
2014
Guilty as charged FI

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

19
Sep
2014
Sensible Scotland

Sensible Scotland

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.

18
Sep
2014
Unappealing Clifford FI

Unappealing Clifford

As Max Clifford launches an appeal against his eight-year prison sentence, all it shows is how truly unappealing he still is   Despite being convicted on eight counts of indecent assault between 1977 and 1984, sexual offender Max Clifford has decided to launch an appeal against his eight-year prison sentence. In doing so, all Clifford achieves is to inflict yet more misery on his victims.

15
Sep
2014
Dame Vivienne Westwood

Wally of the Week: Dame Vivienne Westwood

England hating designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has the right to leave   Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire and made her supposed £114 million ($185 million) fortune in Great Britain. Yesterday, in using her London Fashion Week showcase to denounce the Union, she yet again showed herself to be nothing but bonkers.

14
Sep
2014
Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland

A royal’s view on the Union

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.

12
Sep
2014
Defending Scotland FI

Picture of the Week: Defending Scotland

What will become of Scotland’s ability to defend itself if it becomes independent of the rest of the UK?   Shared by Ahmed Khalil on Facebook, our Picture of the Week mocks up what might happen to Scotland’s ability to defend itself if the ‘yes’ camp secure a win on Thursday 18th September.

12
Sep
2014
Oscar Pistorius FI

The right decision

It is right that Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide   This morning Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide – the South African equivalent of the UK’s manslaughter charge – and one charge relating to a restaurant shooting. That he showed no emotion as he was convicted is telling.

11
Sep
2014
Independent of independence FI

Independent of independence

Orkney and the Shetland islands could remain part of the UK even if Scotland votes ‘yes’ to independence

09
Sep
2014
Joan Rivers FI

The Rivers Way

As Broadway refuses to dim its lights for Joan Rivers, a list of those she banned from her funeral is revealed

08
Sep
2014
Monty FI

Help find the EastEnders parrot

Appeal launched to find a parrot that whistles the EastEnders theme tune that has gone missing in Kent

07
Sep
2014
Brooks Newmark FI

Stick to transparency

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

05
Sep
2014
Bloomberg blooms FI

Bloomberg blooms

Michael Bloomberg back at the helm at Bloomberg   Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is to unexpectedly resume control of his eponymous financial data and media company at the end of the year just eight months after ending his final term as New York’s mayor.

05
Sep
2014
Facing Facebook FI

Facing Facebook

Cliff Richard takes to Facebook to proclaim his innocence   Yesterday, Sir Cliff Richard took to Facebook to suggest that he is innocent of the recent abuse allegations made against him.

04
Sep
2014
Assange FI

Definining ‘soon’

Will Julian Assange ever leave the Ecuardorian embassy in London?   On 18th August Julian Assange told a news conference that he’d leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London “soon”. It’s now the 4th September and still he remains there.

01
Sep
2014
The smoking highway FI

Picture of the Week: The smoking highway

Three Arabic men decide to enjoy a spot of shisha on the A4 as Cara Delevingne looks on   The ‘Ramadan Rush’ is nearly over but in spotting the image that we make our Picture of the Week, Monika Agata Maron truly captured how ridiculous Knightsbridge has become during this period.

31
Aug
2014
Byzantine Ambassador FI

Website of the Week: Byzantine Ambassador

Byzantine Ambassador is a website where you’ll find everyone from Mary Beard to Toby Young   Established by Henry Hopwood-Phillips and described by Colin Turton of MarketWatch as “prophetic, angry and droll”, our Website of the Week is Byzantine Ambassador.

29
Aug
2014
The gall of Galloway FI

The gall of Galloway

Steven Berkoff compares George Galloway urging a boycott of Tesco to what happened to Jewish shops in Nazi Germany   A politician who lacks any respect for decency, George Galloway MP, has shown himself to be truly obnoxious yet again in calling for a boycott of the supermarket Tesco and its products.

28
Aug
2014
Jaywick FI

Britain’s Detroit?

Could the most deprived area in Britain be the place to invest?   The city of Detroit has long been a no-go area and its decline from an automotive giant to a capital of deprivation has been well documented. Britain’s equivalent is a small seaside village named Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

27
Aug
2014
Big Brother is taxing you FI

Big Brother is taxing you

The cashless society where cameras watch our every move gets ever closer   First it was London’s buses that refused cash, then a restaurant decided to take only credit cards and soon you won’t even be able to buy a tax disc for your car.

26
Aug
2014
Mone moves FI

Mone moves

Michelle Mone vows to quit Scotland if the country votes ‘Yes’ to independence   Self-styled “Bra Queen” Michelle Mone OBE took to Twitter following Monday night’s debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond about Scottish independence. She vowed to take her business to London in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote in next month’s referendum and in warning of the dangers of such a decision, she is right.

26
Aug
2014
Pounding charity FI

You Decide: Pounding charity

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

25
Aug
2014
James Foley FI

James Foley: A decent man

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”.

23
Aug
2014
Wally of the Week

Wally of the Week: David Cameron

David Cameron should not have gone surfing; he should have recalled Parliament   David Cameron did the right thing in returning to London in the wake of the execution of the journalist James Foley by a British jihadi. Just as President Obama did in heading off to play golf, Cameron took exactly the wrong course of action yesterday, however, in being seen on a public beach with a surfboard and tweeting images of where he is holidaying.

22
Aug
2014
Arab avoidance FI

Arab avoidance

UAE issues map telling their citizens of which areas of London to avoid   Supercar hating busybody Panda Morgan-Thomas will be delighted. The UAE have issued a “map of the dangerous areas of London” and it includes Knightsbridge.

20
Aug
2014
Revolting Rolf FI

Revolting Rolf

Rolf Harris adjusts to life in the clink   It’s easy but perhaps inappropriate to make light of Rolf Harris’ hits – such as Jake the Peg (and his extra third leg) and Two Little Boys – in light of this veteran entertainer’s conviction on twelve counts of sexual offences but it’s not at all pleasant to learn that he has become something of a prison personality.

19
Aug
2014
Ice bucket FI

#noicebucketchallenge

Two journalists call for “no more ice bucket challenges”   You’ve surely seen it on your Facebook timeline or received a YouTube video of some celebrity dousing themselves in ice water. The ALS Association’s challenge to pour ice water over yourself or donate $100 has certainly gone viral but Will Oremus of Slate and Arielle Pardes of Vice both have a point in suggesting this whole campaign is a lot of hot air (or cold water).

17
Aug
2014
Julian Assange with Sarah Oliver FI

Angry Assange

Julian Assange expresses his anger against the British government   Today, in an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Julian Assange expressed his anger that he has been denied what he sees as his human rights by the British government. This arrogant individual – who imposed himself upon the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge in June 2012 – has no right to complain: he chose this course of action and it is time he accepted that.

14
Aug
2014
Off the Cliff FI

Off the Cliff

As Sir Cliff Richard’s home is searched, The Steeple Times suggests it is time that this pop star was properly questioned   Christian pop star Sir Cliff Richard may be away on a summer holiday, but it hasn’t stopped his Berkshire home being searched by police in regard to an alleged sexual offence involving a boy who was aged under 16 at the time.

12
Aug
2014
Bus it Bercow FI

Bus it Bercow

John Bercow shames himself again in claiming £1,200 to attend a funeral   John Bercow and his blabbermouth wife are known for their grasping ways but in charging £1,215.60 to attend the funeral of the late Paul Goggins MP, the House of Commons Speaker has gone too far.

12
Aug
2014
Putting the Great Back in Britain

Putting the ‘Great’ back in Britain

Mr Gus Instinct calls for Britain to wake up and respect itself once more

10
Aug
2014
PD*68366714

Godfrey Bloom: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks the controversial former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom TD: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

06
Aug
2014
Not OK FI

Picture of the Week: It’s not OK!

This week’s cover of OK! magazine illustrates what is wrong about Britain   Britain is a country that can be credited with having been responsible for amongst other things penicillin, television, commercial jets, electric light, a global language, cricket, tennis, rugby, Shakespeare, parliamentary democracy and the Internet. With so much to celebrate, what did OK! magazine choose to feature on their cover this week?

06
Aug
2014
Candy Spelling's 52,000 square foot, $150,000,000 mansion in Holmby Hills, CA

Spelling Stunt

Petra Stunt sends yet another rambling comment to ‘The Steeple Times’   Petra Stunt – nee Ecclestone – took great umbrage at our article about her father’s views on her husband’s convoy of cars. Now, in yet another comment, she’s shared her take on James Stunt’s entourage of vehicles once again.

03
Aug
2014
Ian West FI

Caught in court

“More than impertinent” barrister Ian West slammed for his behaviour   Courtrooms, despite being places where justice ought to be taken seriously, are often the scenes of comical farce. Whilst Rolf Harris unconvincingly sought to win over the jury in his case by singing Jake the Peg and imitating his wobble-board, the case of a barrister named Ian West revolves around whether his “impertinence” towards a judge ought to lead to disciplinary action.

30
Jul
2014
Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer FI

Charity begins next to a kebab shop

Lady Meyer takes a pay cheque from the City Bridge Trust   Featured in The Telegraph in 2011 due to the curious way it allocated its income, the charity founded by the “Chanel-clad” wife of the former British ambassador to Washington, Lady Meyer, is back in the news after receiving a grant of £60,000 from the City Bridge Trust. Naturally, she, herself, is set to receive 10% of this personally.

27
Jul
2014
Cynthia Robinson FI

Choking on compo

Chain smoker’s widow awarded £13.9 billion in compensation   America is widely known as the land that created “compensation culture” but in the recent award of £13.9 billion ($23.6 billion) in punitive damages and £9.9 million ($16.8 million) in compensatory damages to the widow of a chain smoker, a truly ridiculous precedent has been set.

25
Jul
2014
Trashy Tulisa FI

Trashy Tulisa

As singer Tulisa hits out at her conviction for assault, we urge her instead to learn to respect the justice system   Tulisa Contostavlos is best known for trashy tracks about “living on the edge of life” and has also sung lines such as: “Forgive us for what we’ve done, cause we young, we young, we young”. Today, though, this lippy singer didn’t show any desire to express remorse for her conviction for the assault of a blogger and instead angrily expressed her “outrage” outside Stratford Magistrates’ Court.

24
Jul
2014
Crowdcube FI

The rewards of crowdfunding

Crowdcube raise £1.2 million in 16 minutes as Glentham Capital proceeds with their second fund raise via Seedrs   This week the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, opened and closed their bid to raise £1.2 million to expand their company in just 16 minutes. This followed their having raised £3.8 million of investment from Balderton Capital last week.

20
Jul
2014
Mick Philpott FI

Wally of the Week: Mick Philpott

Child killer Mick Philpott may get his just deserts for bragging about receiving free false teeth on the NHS   Mick Philpott is a man who should only be remembered as a monster who burnt 6 of his 17 children to death in a house fire. Instead, now this evil creature is back in the press after receiving a full set of false teeth on the NHS.

18
Jul
2014
Car alarm FI

Alarmingly useless

The most pointless invention in history has to be the car alarm   Car alarms have to be the most annoying and pointless inventions ever created.

18
Jul
2014
Lightning FI

Picture of the Week: The Spanish plume

As London’s temperature rises, lightning strikes   Last night, London was hit by an electric storm and today the city’s temperature is expected to hit 33°C. It will be hotter here than Barbados and Mauritius

16
Jul
2014
An open letter to Palestine FI

End the insanity

Israeli journalist and American citizen Itay Hod calls for a peaceful resolution to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict   First, let me state a simple fact. I am a journalist who also happens to be Israeli. I was born in Nazareth and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper. I’m no stranger to the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and I’m also an American citizen who resides in Los Angeles.

15
Jul
2014
The rise of the boats FI

Picture of the Week: The rise of the boats

As the Costa Concordia is raised, the Titanic takes her revenge   The operation to raise and refloat the Costa Concordia has begun to take shape this week and our Picture of the Week is an ironic take on the fate of another stricken vessel.

14
Jul
2014
Resigning matters FI

Resigning matters

Whilst Baroness Butler-Sloss has taken the right decision, Theresa May has yet again proven herself to be hapless and hopeless   In resigning as the head of a probe into child sex abuse, retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has shown herself to be a decent and sensible lady.

12
Jul
2014
Buying to bank

Buying to bank

As well known buy-to-let tycoons Fergus and Judith Wilson sell up, we ask: “Has the British property market peaked?”   Known as “Baron and Baroness Buy-to-Let”, Fergus and Judith Wilson were the kind of role models those who watch daytime shows such as Homes Under the Hammer aspired to be. With this week’s announcement that they’re selling their 900-house portfolio, could this be indication that the property market has reached its peak?

09
Jul
2014
22 Lyndhurst Road FI

VAT’ing a mansion

Aristocrats, Russians and a VAT case all come together at a £46.5 million Hampstead mansion   Agents Knight Frank describe 22 Lyndhurst Road in London’s Hampstead as a “truly exceptional Ambassadorial period residence”. What they neglect to mention, however, is that this 15,177 square foot house has recently featured in a court case involving one of Winston Churchill’s descendants, Alexander Spencer-Churchill, and a dispute over the VAT payable on introduction fees for the property’s previous sale.

09
Jul
2014
Meek but not mild FI

Meek but not mild

Matthew Steeples asks: “In becoming ‘prison porn’ what does the case of Jeremy Meeks tell us about society?”   The countless articles that have been written about the “hot mugshot guy” Jeremy Meeks fail to miss the point that here is a previously jailed individual awaiting trial for multiple felony weapon charges.

07
Jul
2014
Remembering FI

Remembering 7/7

As offensive graffiti is daubed on the 7/7 memorial, we urge readers to remember the 52 victims today

05
Jul
2014
The gang of 12 FI

Picture of the Week: The Gang of 12

Whilst one works, eleven watch on in London’s Sloane Square

04
Jul
2014
Sailing a sentence FI

Sailing a sentence

Rolf Harris sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in jail   On Friday morning Rolf Harris tried to evade photographers by leaving his home by boat for his final trip to Southwark Crown Court. He didn’t succeed and also rightly failed to avoid jail.

03
Jul
2014
Angelina Jolie FI

Who is Angelina Jolie?

Actor, author, playwright and theatre director Steven Berkoff leaps to the defence of Angelina Jolie

30
Jun
2014
Tony Parsons FI

Wally of the Week: Tony Parsons

Comparing phone hacking to Jihad is simply ludicrous   In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, “warm heart[ed], acid tongue[d]” Tony Parsons ranted about the “waste of money” that has been the “assorted inquisitions into the newspaper industry”. Whilst much of what he stated is true, the way in which he linked this to the war on Jihad was quite ridiculous.

22
Jun
2014
Lord Janner FI

May Fernbridge finally be investigated

As police raid the offices of Lord Janner, we urge those running Operation Fernbridge to step up their game   The revelation in the Sunday People that Labour peer Lord Janner has had his House of Lords office raided by the police comes as no surprise following on from our having received many messages about this individual via Twitter for the last year. That this story has now finally been outed is progress but what needs to happen next is for the unconnected Operation Fernbridge to finally be given the resources it requires

05
Jun
2014
Lying Scotsman FI

Picture of the Week: The Lying Scotsman

An appropriate description of the SNP leader   The biggest donors to the campaign for Scottish independence thus far have been Colin and Chris Weir, a couple who won £161 million in the EuroMillions lottery in 2011. They’ve funded 79% of the ‘Yes’ campaign and now as Scotland prepares to vote on this stupid gamble, we had to make an image shared with us by Peter Burrell our Picture of the Week.

30
May
2014
Preisverleihung im Wettbewerb "startsocial 2011/2012"

Mr Gus Instinct on the Euro election results

Will the last person to leave please turn off the lights?   The Euro election results clearly identified that we have become a nation of voters who speak from the knee rather than the brain. We have empowered a group of people with no real influence and it seems we almost favour a return to the 1970s.

24
May
2014
Nigel Farage Speech At UKIP Public Meeting In Basingstoke

Mr Gus Instinct on UKIP’s success in this week’s elections

Billericay here we come   The future political landscape of Britain has been subverted by the most meaningless political party in our history

20
May
2014
OCS Cheriyot Arap Rono FI

Wanted: Reward issued for killer of Alexander Monson

‘The Steeple Times’ issues a reward for information that will lead to successful prosecution of the killer of Alexander Monson   Yesterday, May 19th, was the second anniversary of Alexander Monson’s death in police custody in Kenya. Alexander was the handsome and intelligent 28-year old heir of Lord Monson.

16
May
2014
Max Clifford FI

The new life of Max Clifford

An insight into the new life of Max Clifford   In a press release sent to The Steeple Times, the author Ian Hitchings has revealed details about disgraced publicist Max Clifford’s new life in Wandsworth Prison. 

15
May
2014
Simplifying Bitcoin FI

Simplifying Bitcoin

Halsey Minor launches a platform that addresses Bitcoin volatility   Today, Internet and technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor announced his return to the sector with the launch of Bitreserve

13
May
2014
Relaunching the Space Race

Relaunching the Space Race

R. K. Patrick on the potential of an upcoming space race   MOSCOW — Russia’s recent annexation of the Crimea has bred a fresh batch of overnight experts. Most are now ruminating over whether Russia has further territorial ambitions in Eastern Ukraine but they are overlooking the obvious. It is now clear that Russia’s territorial ambitions extend far further than mere earthly possessions. Indeed by 2030, a new Russian Government report suggests, Russia will have colonized the Moon.

09
May
2014
Pricing publicity FI

Pricing publicity

Katie Price’s antics set her on Titanic course   When Katie Price married a part-time stripper named Kieran Hayler in January 2013 everyone cried “publicity stunt” and now she’s supposedly divorcing him, people are rightly shouting the same.

07
May
2014
Lauren Goodger FI

Wally of the Week: Lauren Goodger

TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger is the only client to publicly stand by Max Clifford   Loyalty to ones friends is an admirable trait but there are times when the only option is to cut ones ties. It seems highly unlikely but even Hitler might have nice as a little boy. The truth is, however, that anyone who admitted to having been his friend as his evil empire fell would be deservedly lambasted. In coming out in support of the family of “sex fiend” Max Clifford, Lauren Goodger of The Only Way Is Essex has put herself in just such a position.

04
May
2014
May Day Russian style FI

Our Man in Moscow on May Day Russian style

R. K. Patrick reports on the first May Day parade in Red Square since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991   MOSCOW — Last Thursday, over 100,000 people paraded through Moscow’s Red Square to celebrate May Day. It was the first time any such parade has happened in Red Square since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

02
May
2014
The Maximum ring FI

The Maximum ring

As Max Clifford heads to jail for 8 years, it is time to reveal the link between him and other convicted sex offenders   In 1997, Max Clifford stated: “[Owen] Oyston is many things, including very arrogant, but he is not a rapist” after being hired to represent the businessman as he attempted and failed to overturn his conviction for rape.

30
Apr
2014
Bob Hoskins FI

The brilliance of Bob

Bob Hoskins: A gent who passed before his time   Suffolk born actor Bob Hoskins started his career as a circus worker, fruit packer and camel herder but rose to become one of Britain’s best loved actors.

30
Apr
2014
Mind the Max FI

Mind out Max

Max Clifford refuses to apologise as it is revealed that he’s been borrowing against his assets   Sexual abuser Max Clifford’s only remarks since being convicted have been to say that he is “incredibly disappointed about what’s happened” and he’ll be “back to court on Friday”. When asked if he would be apologising to the women he’d indecently assaulted, he did not answer and simply smugly raised his eyebrows. Here is a man with no shame and no regret.

29
Apr
2014
Max Clifford FI

Max’s smalls

There’s nothing worse than being Max Clifford   ‘Grubby publicist’ has been the description that has been attached to Max Clifford for many years but with his conviction yesterday on eight counts of indecent assault, that can now be replaced by ‘sexual abuser’, ‘liar’ and most tellingly ‘the man with the small penis’.

25
Apr
2014
MI FI

Dot.dollar

Two-letter web address sells for $3.6 million (£2.1 million)   It’s barely news now when a social media website sells for a billion dollars, but news that a web address has changed hands for $3.6 million (£2.1 million) is quite extraordinary.

23
Apr
2014
Celebrating St George FI

Celebrating St George

It is time to make St George’s Day a public holiday   The Irish enjoy a national holiday for St Patrick’s Day and the Scottish celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day and it is time we, the English, marked it properly.

22
Apr
2014
Oscar Pistorius FI

Mr Gus Instinct on Oscar Pistorius

Mr Gus Instinct says: “Oscar Pistorius is a horror story for any parent”   Have you heard that there is a new disease? It’s called “Oscarpistosis” and can only be caught by girls but the symptoms are a fear of going into your boyfriend’s bathroom.

20
Apr
2014
Bored off the Cliff FI

Bored off the Cliff

Cliff Richard bores on about gay rumours and rockstar wreckers   Sir Cliff Richard OBE is a man of mystery. Rumours about his sexuality and other areas of his life abound on the Internet and in an interview for an Australian television channel last Friday, he again tried to dispel them.

20
Apr
2014
Republic FI

Wallies of the Week: Republic.org.uk

Republic.org.uk are wrong to attack the travel arrangements of The Prince of Wales   In an image already shared by 1,280 on Facebook, a shameful organisation named the Republic Campaign attacked the travel arrangements of Prince Charles and his wife. We think their comments preposterous and thus make them our Wallies of the Week.   In the post, Republic state:   “In 2011, Charles and Camilla charged the taxpayer £30,000 for a return flight from Clarence House to Balmoral for a private break with no public engagements”.   “Their excuse? Clarence House said that because Charles is ‘always on duty’, travel between his residences is regarded as official expenditure”.   Firstly, it’s news to us that there’s an airport named Clarence…

19
Apr
2014
Chaneling an Audi FI

Chaneling an Audi

Audi Q7 rammed through the window of Chanel’s Brompton Cross store   In the early hours of Good Friday, thieves rammed a stolen Audi Q7 through the window of Chanel’s store on Brompton Cross, SW3.

18
Apr
2014
The etiquette of F FI

Word of the Week: The etiquette of ‘F’

An examination of the ‘F’ word   “F**king amazing” is considered a compliment by the Chelsea chicks that chatter but “f**king cheat” is one that they find themselves often using to describe what’s gone wrong with their relationships. The ‘F’ word is used by such people in many contexts, but one has to ask “When is using it appropriate?”

16
Apr
2014
Donna Leon FI

An adult Disneyworld

Donna Leon’s portrait of Venice has telling similarities to our view about what Central London has become   In yesterday’s The Times, author Donna Leon was interviewed about her latest novel, By Its Cover. Born in America, but a longtime resident of Venice, Leon made telling remarks about what the city where she lives has become

15
Apr
2014
Dr Sarah Wollaston FI

Wally of the Week: Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

Member of Parliament Sarah Wollaston should resign   Our Wally of the Week is a Member of Parliament named Dr Sarah Wollaston. This maliciously reckless woman is amongst those responsible for having ensured our contributor Nigel Evans was wrongly brought to trial by the Crown Prosecution Service.

14
Apr
2014
A bash in Belgravia FI

A bash in Belgravia

Lexus smashes through railings in Chesham Place, SW1   In the wake of the recent Lamborghini crash in Sloane Street, this afternoon, a Lexus smashed into a street sign in Chesham Place, Belgravia before bouncing off straight through the railings of the garden opposite. Witnesses stated that the driver had a heart attack at the wheel but this is unconfirmed.

13
Apr
2014
Repaying the wronged FI

Quote of the Week: Repaying the wronged

Nigel Evans is right to demand the CPS repay his legal expenses   Last Friday, contributor to The Steeple Times Nigel Evans was cleared of nine charges of sexual offences against seven men. Whilst these non-victims disgracefully remain under the shroud of anonymity, the Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley will wrongly be best remembered for this case.

12
Apr
2014
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Liberally lax

Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne declares his party pointless   Finally, in an interview with The Times, a Liberal Democrat realised what the nation has known for years and admitted that his party is pointless.

11
Apr
2014
Silencing Hopkins FI

Quote of the Week: Silencing Hopkins

Katie Hopkins chooses to remain silent about the death of Peaches Geldoff   The misunderstood motormouth who will say anything for a buck Katie Hopkins used her column in The Sun this week to announce that she wouldn’t be tweeting about the death of Peaches Geldof. It’s one of the few good decisions she’s ever made.

07
Apr
2014
Money park London FI

Money park London

Mr Gus Instinct says: “London’s become a rubbish dump for high net worths”   The expression ‘ransom strip’ has always been a dream hold in the world of property but nowadays that is exactly what has happened to the prime areas of Central London.

05
Apr
2014
Margaret Thatcher FI

Word of the Week: Panjandrum

Words worth using   Our new weekly feature is a ‘Word of the Week’. Our first selection is “panjandrum”.

01
Apr
2014
An event with an Aventador FI

An event with an Aventador

Footage of a Lamborghini Aventador crashing in Sloane Street   On Sunday, a young turk crashed his Lamborghini Aventador into three vehicles in Sloane Street.

30
Mar
2014
Sloane Square Hotel 2013

Chelsea’s for servants

Estate agent announces that Chelsea is “where servants live”   The cast of Made in Chelsea better relocate. With the announcement by estate agents Beauchamp Estates that Chelsea “is a place where servants live”, this once haunt of the aristocracy has morphed into a very different place.

27
Mar
2014
Gina and Alan Miller FI

Legalised Looting

True and Fair Campaign calls for an OFT investigation into the investment industry   On Tuesday, Gina and Alan Miller, founders of The True and Fair Campaign, hosted an event with Prospect Magazine on Savile Row in London. At it they highlighted the perilous mess that the financial industry truly is in.

23
Mar
2014
Liz Jones FI

If you can’t take the heat…

Acid tongued Liz Jones should put down her poison pen   Daily Mail ‘journalist’ Liz Jones has featured on our pages several times after writing vicious bile about her former neighbours and admitting to stealing her then husband’s sperm as part of the “ultimate deception”. Today, this malicious mouthpiece used her column to complain that she “wakes up scared everyday”. We can’t imagine anyone will have any sympathy for her.

20
Mar
2014
Billing the kids FI

Billing the kids

World’s richest man Bill Gates pledges not to spoil his children   Bill Gates is a man who found it hard to fit in. The geeks he grew up with came to resent him for betraying them but as he was elevated to the position of topping any list of ultra high net worths, he was not accepted by the waspish elite of America.