Mark Steel

Commentator and stand-up comedian Mark Steel has presented several radio and television programmes, and appeared on Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2006 he published 'Vive La Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution', and in 2000 stood as a candidate in the London Assembly elections.

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How silly of me to assume it was Israeli bombs causing all the damage in Gaza

It’s clearly just a batch of explosive toasters

Palestinians run for shelter as they hear bombing in the distance while they flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area
Sami Khedira of Germany runs past Oscar of Brazil with the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany

If they weren't obsessed with instant profits, England could have a team as good as Germany’s

A bit of forward thinking can go a long way

A view of a favela in Rio de Janeiro

Fifa wasn't going to let favelas ruin a wonderful World Cup — it just bulldozed them instead

Why should such a great spectacle be ruined by the sight of common people?

Luis Suarez

World Cup 2014: Any chance of a sense of perspective on events in Brazil?

I mean – Luis Suarez isn’t really worse than al-Qa’ida, is he?

The World Cup punditry has become so careful that the pundits say little of interest because they have been so well media trained

Mark Steel on World Cup 2014: There’s only way to save punditry from oblivion – ditch the footballers and choose at random from the electoral register

Ed Miliband needs to learn from Phil Neville. Because Phil’s commentating style was so lacking in passion that the Manaus stadium could have burned down on Saturday, and as the fans fled in terror Phil would have said: “Well, that’s what flames can do. If you leave them unmarked. Quite hot there now. Lots of stuff melting. Not what you want to see as a manager.”

BBC pundit Phil Neville was roundly criticised for his commentary last week

How to save punditry – ditch the footballers and choose at random from the electoral register

Amateur pundits would truly capture the country's passion and excitement

Fifa has created a World Cup so costly and authoritarian that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have protested against it
Blatter had been addressing the African and Asian confederations’ congress

Here's to Sepp Blatter! The most repulsive man in football

The FIFA president has even managed to turn the Brazilian people off football. Next up, it’ll be the Martians...

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In grandfather's footsteps

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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We will remember them

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