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There's nothing wrong with Labour’s modernisers except how outdated they look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

Dave Brown's illustrative take on the Paris attack for the Friday 9 edition of The Independent

Charlie Hebdo: Norway's Christians didn't have to apologise for Anders Breivik, and it's the same for Muslims now

It's as if no one in any Western country has ever gone berserk with a gun in a public place before

At last Cuba is free to become more like the glorious US of A!

You've got to worry for Fidel's health now, though...

Food bank operators report that people in low-paid work are turning up during their lunch breaks seeking help

Food banks: Don’t you people know how to make a banquet out of bugger all?

If these people knew how to cook, they’d be able to make nothing last for several weeks

This nativity play at Mudchute Farm, east London, incorporated 21st-century props and ideas

Nativity plays: Don’t be silly, of course the talking sheep and pregnant virgin are real

Perhaps the rule with nativity plays should be that anyone who thinks they matter shouldn't be allowed to have anything to do with them

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will commit himself to closing the loophole which allows agencies to undercut the wages of permanent staff, and to put those which flout the law out of business

To truly appeal to the common man, Ed needs to get a Doberman

His problem is if he does win the election he’ll have to keep it up

A petition calling for Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, to be included has been signed by nearly 200,000 people

Let me list the reasons that the Green Party should definitely not be allowed into the TV election debates...

Once you have five people in a debate, it becomes too unmanageable

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his speech to party supporters at the University of London

When will Miliband get the message from his party and stop acting like a Labour politician?

His critics within the party seem scared to propose anything that might upset their opponents

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One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

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