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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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...

A celebrated image of a man trying to stop the tanks entering the square

China’s censorship of Tiananmen Square isn’t oppression – it’s just a new kind of extreme counselling

This demand to forget fosters a whole new way of thinking

Nigel Farage masks worn at the spring conference

If you can't beat Nigel Farage, become him

Suddenly everyone wants to talk about immigration. It’s going to be hard to beat Ukip at this game, though.

Most divorcing couples will no longer be eligible for legal aid

Those selfish separated couples plunder our economy with relentless greed

No need to drag the Child Support Agency into things. Surely you can work it out amicably and save those poor taxpayers money

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