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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David Cameron is interviewed by the BBC's James Landale

Could the BBC be any more left-wing? First they employ loads of Tories, and then they're caught chillaxing in Cameron's kitchen

The fact that they ask the Prime Minister any questions at all is pretty suspect

A chicken reacts to seeing a man dressed in a chicken outfit

How dare anyone ask David Cameron to take part in TV debates – don't they know who he is?

The PM says he's done his best to ensure the debates take place, but all the other leaders keep getting in the way by agreeing to everything

The Ukip leader was speaking at a conference in London

All Nigel Farage did was construct a party against meddling foreigners, and for some reason it seems to have attracted racists

Who would've thought that blaming our problems on immigration had any downsides?

Sir Malcolm Rifkind leaves Parliament on February 23, 2015 in London,

Cameron is right — nothing keeps you in touch with the common person like being paid £5k a day

Without second jobs, will the Tories now try to raise the minimum wage to £67,000?

HSBC group chairman Stephen Green

If HSBC can help rich people avoid paying tax, why don't they help the poor avoid paying their fuel bills?

I’ve got just the idea for the bank’s next move

Bigger revenues will mean bigger wages for the Premier League's top players

Premier League deal: And still they don't have enough money to pay the living wage...

Soon these clubs will become countries of their own

Party time: Prime Minister's Questions featured in 'Inside the Commons'

The trouble with Parliament is it just doesn’t have enough privately educated MPs

Can’t these 17th-century traditions be a bit more, well, 11th century?

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) pictured shaking hands with Libyan leader Colonel Moamer Kadhafi on 25 March 2004.

There's nothing wrong with Labour’s modernisers except how outdated they look

With the return of Blairism, it's no wonder Labour has lost so much support to the Greens

Tony Blair meets troops during a visit to Basra in 2004

Give Chilcot a break – he’s probably still working on his inquiry into the Battle of Hastings

Or maybe the report’s taking so long because it’s being handwritten by Franciscan monks 

What a perfect tribute to satire the Paris march turned out to be

Perhaps "I don't agree with what you say, but defend your right to say it" gets lost in translation to Arabic

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing