Wishing readers a very merry Christmas
2016 has been a year that many would rather forget. With Donald Trump elected in America and a foolish referendum successful in Britain, we are not in the best of shape.
We’ve witnessed carnage in France and Germany and the atrocities in Aleppo bring us to realise the brutal reality of how evil humankind can truly be. On the home front, that the worst Home Secretary in history Theresa May ended up Prime Minister and that bumbling Boris Johnson was made Foreign Secretary (thanks in the main to his wife but there’s a story for another day) would be laughable if it weren’t so awful. Sir Elton John and his titleless husband showed their oiliness and that Sir Cliff Richard was able to orchestrate the advice of Lord McAlpine alarmed those in the know. Here was a year where the angry man rose to the fore and here was a year where convoy loving James Stunt got a petrol bomb chucked in his garden in Chelsea.
On a more positive note, the Queen illustrated her endearing spirit as ever and Prince Charles showed courage in speaking out against intolerance. He was unsurprisingly criticised by the Daily Mail and our good friend Gina Miller got much worse, but remember this dear friends, 2017 will be the year when good men should reverse Edmund Burke’s complaint about doing nothing. It is time to stand up and be counted.
With all good wishes and cheer,
Matthew Steeples and all at The Steeple Times