Maggie Steel

About Maggie Steel

Diagnosed recently with late onset feminism. Teacher who thinks the world could do better. Trying to make a difference at the margins. When all else fails I eat cake.

At a tea junction?

At a tea junction?

Are you at a tea junction? Go right. Do you remember Blue Nun? In the 1970s, it was the must-drink white wine, which my grandmother craved with Sunday lunch. By the 1980s, we’d turned our backs on that “dreadful sweet stuff,” and were jumping on the Piat D’Or bandwagon. So smooth … so sophisticated… We […]

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Women’s Equality Party

Women’s Equality Party

The Women’s Equality Party wants your support… Equality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfill their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself. The Women’s Equality Party (WE) is a new non-partisan […]

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Cure the NHS: a game changer?

Cure the NHS: a game changer?

Cure the NHS: Just the start of the healing process. A series about Julie Bailey, CBE The Francis Inquiry into the regulatory system within the NHS took place after a long  campaign by Julie Bailey and her dedicated team at CureTheNHS. The inquiry acknowledged the “appalling suffering” of patients at Stafford Hospital and made 290 recommendations […]

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Good from bad: Julie Bailey and her quest for the truth

Good from bad: Julie Bailey and her quest for the truth

Julie Bailey was catapulted into campaigning after the death of her mother in Stafford Hospital. After her mother’s traumatic death in an NHS ward in Stafford Hospital in November 2007, Julie Bailey made a complaint to the Health Authority. She was not satisfied with the response. She was told it was “an isolated case”, that […]

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Festival philosophy or catfight?

Festival philosophy or catfight?

What do you get when you cross a politician, a banker and a Darwinian philosopher? It feels like I witnessed a bit of a catfight yesterday. I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable, slightly embarrassed even, but very alive. Some things are worth fighting over, and the question of the role of women in this world is certainly one […]

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Tri-dosha massage oil

Tri-dosha massage oil

Tri-dosha massage oil turns out to be a treat for the whole family. I have a bottle of rather lovely Tridosha massage oil. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’m having to share it. Not just with my husband, but also with my teenage girls and even my friend Nina who happens […]

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Spa review: an affordable treat

Spa review: an affordable treat

The selfish side of me is telling me to keep my new favourite place to stay a secret I don’t want to find that there is suddenly no availability the next time I try to book. But as a gesture of solidarity to my fellow women in need of an affordable treat, here goes… Despite […]

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