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Social misdemeanour

Matthew Steeples suggests that the death of Brenda Leyland should be a lesson to the media   Brenda Leyland, if she was indeed the source of the “online campaign of vitriol” against Gerry and Kate McCann,...

Don’t go

Boris Johnson is right to urge Conservatives not to defect to UKIP and Chris Kelly MP ought to heed his advice   UKIP is a very tempting proposition: They speak for millions when they complain about...

A Travis-ty of justice

Matthew Steeples suggests that Dave Lee Travis should have been jailed   In sentencing Dave Lee Travis to a suspended sentence of just three months suspended for two years, the wrong message has been sent to...

Out networked

A club for people with more money than sense   Social networks were all the rage in the early 2000s and the social network for so-called “high net worths” was ASmallWorld. Though it prospered in its...

Where is David Cameron?

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron needs to show his hand   Yesterday, David Cameron attended the wedding of his wife’s half-brother, Jake Astor. Unlike others, we have no problem with that but at a time...

The madness of Murdoch

Has Rupert Murdoch lost the plot?   Rupert Murdoch has done a lot of strange things lately: This octogenarian met with Nigel Farage last week, is allegedly going to have his papers back Scottish independence and...

May May go

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron would do well to send Theresa May on her merry way   Those suggesting David Cameron will have to resign if Scotland votes ‘yes’ to independence are missing the point....

Get a grip

Britain’s Prime Minister needs to get a grip   Parliament is back in session and we’re now in September. The ‘Silly Season’ should be well and truly over but in fact we’re sinking into a quagmire...

Considering Carswell

Is Douglas Carswell MP an honourable man or just plain stupid?   Douglas Carswell was first elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament in 2005. This week, the Member for Clacton defected to the United Kingdom...

Magnificent Mary

Matthew Steeples commends Mary Beard for her forgiving manner towards those who troll her on Twitter   Those of us who use Twitter have surely encountered online abuse. With nearly 25,000 followers across two accounts (@SteepleTimes...

Out iced

Matthew Steeples urges readers to consider what good your donation will actually do before rushing to take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’   I am not going to prove popular with many in saying this but the...

Controlling the Cliff

Was it really that wrong that the BBC were tipped off about the search on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in advance?   In the last 24-hours, there has been an outcry of anger from left-wingers such...

Wally of the Week: Mark Simmonds MP

An MP, Mark Simmonds, who complained he couldn’t live on the expenses available to him shouldn’t just stand down; he should examine his grasp on reality too   The Steeple Times has long shared the view...

Boris is back

BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson set to attempt to return to Westminster   It was inevitable but it is excellent news: Boris Johnson has decided to stand for Parliament again at next year’s elections.     The Mayor of London...

Harrowing Harris

Paedophile Rolf Harris launches bid to overturn his conviction   Rolf Harris’ lawyers have lodged papers at the Court of Appeal as part of an attempt to overturn his recent conviction on 12 counts of indecent...

Investigating Tulisa

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...

Don’t pass Wandsworth

Is it not wrong that paedophile Rolf Harris received special treatment as he began his prison sentence?   Rolf Harris is a convicted paedophile with a difference. Unlike others sentenced for 12 counts of indecent assault,...

Oscar, tango, out

Arrogant Oscar Pistorius shows his true character yet again   Revelations that Oscar Pistorius was both in a fight in a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend and that he returned to Twitter to share his bizarre religious...

Made in chains

‘Made in Chelsea’ tours and chain stores have taken the place of Led Zeppelin and Sloane Rangers on London’s Kings Road   The Kings Road was famous as the centre of counterculture in the 1960s and...

Shame on the Socialist Worker

The ‘Socialist Worker’ owes the family of Horatio Chapple an apology   The Socialist Worker can be relied upon to spout nonsense but in making fun of the death of a 17-year old Eton pupil, they’ve...

The truth will eventually out

As revelations that Lord Brittan has been questioned by police regarding an alleged rape, we urge David Cameron to give more resources to investigations into historic abuse allegations by the high powered   For a considerable...

Rolf Harris: The Steeple Times has been vindicated

Rolf Harris convicted   We were amongst the first to name Rolf Harris as a paedophile and with today’s unanimous verdict that found him guilty on all counts, we celebrate his conviction.   This revolting individual destroyed the...

Justice for Brooks

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today...

Wayne’s World

Taking on the illogical and the twisted   At The Steeple Times we haven’t been afraid to name and shame crooks, phonies and liars. Though legal action has been threatened against us by such people as...

Blackening Uber

Black cab drivers are wrong to protest against Uber   This week’s black cab driver protest in Central London against the American taxi app Uber is a disgrace and it should be called off argues Matthew...

Phillipified

Journalist Melanie Phillips is right in her analysis of the impact of the decision not to publish the full correspondence between Tony Blair and George W. Bush before the 2003 invasion of Iraq   On the...

Time for change

The results of the European elections do not bode well for the future of British politics   The results are in and with the declarations of the results of the European elections, the clear winners are...

Spot on Charlie boy

Prince Charles is perfectly justified in having compared President Putin to Adolf Hitler   The Queen’s son Prince Charles has been condemned for comparing President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler during his Canada tour. Those criticising...

Forcing Fernbridge

It is time to step up Operation Fernbridge   As Max Clifford faces further police questioning and Rolf Harris’ trial hears that he wrote a letter to the father of an alleged victim stating “I know...

Website of the Week: Its-not-Its.info

A site that shows you when to use it’s rather than its or vice versa   We all get grammar wrong. I’m particularly bad with “who” and “whom” but when the website It’s not Its (alternatively...

Burning the beret and burying the blue dress

As Monica Lewinsky speaks out, shouldn't the world move on?   In the forthcoming edition of Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky candidly writes about her affair with President Clinton. For The Steeple Times news of this has...

Hack off

Whining “victims” of News Corporation should accept that they are not the voice of the British public   In a letter to Rupert Murdoch, the self-proclaimed “victims” of what they call “unlawful actions of… papers published...

Beebed

Jeremy Paxman is right to criticise the BBC   This week Jeremy Paxman – one of the BBC’s highest paid presenters – took on the very organisation that employs him in an interview with the Guardian.   In...

Justice for Evans

Nigel Evans MP cleared of all charges brought against him   Today, justice has been done: Nigel Evans, a friend, contributor to The Steeple Times and a fine Member of Parliament, has been cleared of sexual...

Jamming Giles

As Annabel Giles is threatened with legal action, she tweets about raspberry jam   Media mouthpiece Annabel Giles, this morning’s Daily Mail reported, is being threatened with legal action over claims she made during the Channel...

Quote of the Week: “Babel after the collapse, but with 4x4s”

Giles Coren sums up what Knightsbridge has become   I came across our Quote of the Week whilst searching for information about the charming Knightsbridge restaurant Chabrot. Upon reading a review by Giles Coren from The...

Dizzy Wizzy

Owners of the G-Wiz are an illogical breed of motorists   The G-Wiz is undoubtedly my least favourite car but this week on seeing an image taken by Khaled Khawaja of one and then taking another...

Overheard: 31st March

Classic clangers from the last week   Confusing ‘whore’ and’ here’ A businessman standing at Euston Station was approached by a Chinese tourist who asked: “Where do you get whore?” The startled businessman answered: “I have no...

The Devil tweets

Should prisoners like Giovanni Di Stefano be allowed access to social media?   Convicted conman Giovanni Di Stefano is in jail for 14 years for committing a £3 million fraud yet today we purportedly received a...

Crime shouldn’t pay

Two cases that highlight that justice is a dish that should be served   Two cases featured in today’s Evening Standard provide evidence that those seeking justice should never give up. The first is that of...

Reader competition: Hope and music

Win tickets to Hope Springs charity concert on 18th March   The Steeple Times is proud to join with Miller Philanthropy in supporting the Hope Springs charity concert in support of the young and vulnerable in...

Phone home Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales gave royal phone book to News of the World   Revelations that Diana, Princess of Wales gave a royal phone book to the News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, in...

Reader competition: Win tickets to Hope Springs

The Steeple Times offers 15 pairs of tickets to Hope Springs concert   On the 18th March, the amazing savant and “superhuman” known as “the human iPod” Derek Paravicini will perform at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea...

Rucking a baroness

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben gets off with a suspended sentence   “Don’t kick a dog when it’s down” is a commonly used phrase, but in the case of ‘Baroness’ Marie Claire von Alvensleben I’ll make an...

Ban the bashing of Brooks

Rebekah Brooks sees off the first of five charges   I am by no means an apologist for Rebekah Brooks but, equally, I have repeatedly argued that she ought not to be the sole scapegoat for...

Pointless PRs

Public relations is a business built from hot air   They promise the earth and deliver zilch. Everything’s “the best thing ever” and “better than the best” but don’t hold your breath (as they’ll charge for...

Piers’ problem

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...

A crowing creep

Bob Crow’s stranglehold on London should cease   This week’s strike action by London Underground staff is illustrative of the arrogance of union barons and reflective of their having too much power rather than being in...