Friday, April 12, 2024

Epstein’s Fat Cat Finally Falls

Barclays CEO Jes Staley stands down 627 days after his links to the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein were exposed; ‘Epstein’s fat cat’ leaves with a £2.5 million golden handshake

It’s taken 627 days, but today James ‘Jes’ Staley has stepped down over his links to the croaked paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. A man cited as a “cat running out of lives” by’s Neil Wilson on 13th February 2020, the now former chief executive officer of Barclays has finally realised his days as a powerhouse are numbered.


Coming just prior to alleged mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s New York trial commencing on the 29th November, Staley’s fall from grace has interestingly come about not because of a decision by Barclays itself. Here, in fact, is a move that has occured because of regulatory bodies and public relations considerations.


It now transpires that Staley’s resignation followed the investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority reaching a preliminary conclusion that effectively condemned Staley as “unfit” to continue to act as the chief of a banking giant whose revenue was £21.766 billion in 2020.


Boston, Massachusetts born Staley now intends to contest the regulator’s decisions and in a statement this morning, Barclays announced:


“In view of those conclusions, and Mr Staley’s intention to contest them, the board and Mr Staley have agreed that he will step down from his role as group chief executive and as a director of Barclays.”


“The board is disappointed at this outcome. Mr Staley has run the Barclays Group successfully since December 2015 with real commitment and skill.”


Going further, the firm added that the investigation did not conclude that Staley “saw, or was aware of, any of Mr Epstein’s alleged crimes, which was the central question underpinning Barclays’ support for Mr Staley following the arrest of Mr Epstein in the summer of 2019.”


However, with the vultures unsurprisingly circling, clearly the financial giant have finally realised that negative media attention around both Maxwell and Prince Andrew’s links to Epstein – a man first convicted of sexual offences in 2008 – are about to return to haunt them also.


In October 2015, the Daily Mail published an article suggesting they had seen emails written by Epstein indicating he had “begun arguing for Mr Staley in financial circles in the summer of 2012″ while Barclays was searching for a new CEO.”


Astoundingly, Jes Staley will leave the firm with a 12 month golden handshake worth some £2.5 million. Who said associating with a paedophile doesn’t pay?


Jes Staley Lawrence Summers Jeffrey Epstein 2011
Jes Staley, at the time a senior JP Morgan executive (left), with former treasury secretary Lawrence Summers and Jeffrey Epstein in 2011 at the latter’s Lenox Hill, New York mansion.
Mr Staley’s departure caused havoc this morning for Barclays’ share price. The revelation that the now former CEO visited Little St James, the island owned by the now croaked paedophile, months before he took up his role at the bank in 2015 were especially damning given Epstein’s 2008 conviction for sexual offences against minors. Last year, attempting to justify his position, the banker declared: “Obviously I thought I knew him well and I didn’t. For sure, with hindsight with what we know now, I deeply regret having any relationship with Jeffrey.”
Little St James - Paedo Island
Little St James – now tellingly known as ‘Paedo Island’ – was not only the scene of meetings between the now former Barclays CEO and the now croaked paedophile. It was also allegedly one of the locations where Prince Andrew abused his civil case accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Since Epstein’s rather suspicious death in 2019, various “garish” items on the island have been removed – amongst them gargoyles and sculptures of cockatoos and a cow.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. The BIG QUESTION is how he got the job in the first place.
    The headhunters who selected him need to answer why they did so little due diligence on Staley.
    Barc was a Quaker bank at one time. How the founders would shudder at the idea of a piece of shit like Staley running it

    • I indeed agree Peter. In the 1970-80’s I banked at No. 54 and was often invited down personally by Mr Theodore [Barclay] and his there Branch Manager (and ex Batman in his army days) Don Mowatt. They were terrific and caring real (old school) people of great incite and ability. I have observed over the passing decades with suspicious reserve of the trend, culture and ability of City, Manhatton or Skull & Bones young thrusters wheedling in everywhere. What underlines this concern now as per Matthew’s piece is that said thrusters can it seems be successfully advanced from the stables of manoerverers like Epstein and his ilk. It is, if you reflect on it, likely the same vector that gave Epstein himself initial escape velocity.

  2. Well I think it’s pretty obvious how he got the job.
    So with the trial looming next month, the rats start to leave the sinking ship.
    He won’t be the last to fall on his sword.


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