Mark Steel

Columnist of the Year 2015, Mark Steel, is Commentator and stand-up comedian who 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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Tony Blair speaks at an event attended by Labour supporters in central London on July 22, 2015

The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for

Maybe they should change their election rules again, so that anyone who disagrees with Tony Blair is only allowed to stand if they promise to get fewer than eight votes

The EU knew Alexis Tsipras would accept anything rather than abandon the euro

Greek debt crisis: A tale of ritual humiliation

The most perplexing part of the story is that it seemed as if the PM and his party, Syriza, were set to resist the orders being thrown at them

While they laugh and play, workshy children have become a burden to the hardworking taxpayer

Thank God George Osborne is finally making young people pay for the crash – they caused it after all

In 2008, when they were under 14, they spent the entire economy on sherbet and Pokémon cards – and then had the nerve to blame it on the banks

It’s time elderly Greek women paid for the years of profligacy, say bankers

Greece crisis: Shameless double standards of the IMF and ECB bully boys

The bankers understand it's time people faced up to reality and accepted that the people who did more than anyone to ruin the world economy were old women in rural Crete

I'm still waiting for white people to start apologising for Dylann Roof

When will they finally condemn their own people's extremist tendencies?

The Battle of Waterloo re-enacted

The Battle of Waterloo: It was lucky the British won, as they had no plans to build an annoying empire

At least that's the story according to all the posh, right-wing historians

Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall at the GMB union conference in Dublin

Want to lead the Labour party? All you have to do is tell everyone the Tories are right

In May the poorest areas of Glasgow voted against Labour for the first time in 100 years – they must have been outraged at their plans to get rid of non-doms

David Cameron looks on as Sepp Blatter speaks to the media at number 10 Downing Street on October 13, 2010

Fifa corruption: Welcome, Sepp Blatter, to the pantheon of evil dictators we used to like

When Panorama exposed some of their wrongdoing in 2010, Cameron was 'furious' at the BBC, while The Sun accused them of 'muck-raking'

Left to right: Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall

Finally, Labour and the Conservatives are agreeing on... everything!

By doing this, Labour can blame their defeat on anything they proposed that might have been different from the Tories

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna (left) and Lord Mandelson appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show (PA)

Labour needs to convince people that they too can 'aspire' to be non-doms and feudal lords

Or, if they ran local campaigns against the Bedroom Tax it would at least look as if it stood for something

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