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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Miliband and wife Justine after his speech

Why vote Labour if they plan to keep all the Tories’ policies?

With no distinct ideas to promote, Ed Miliband is bound to come over as pointless

David Cameron used his speech to make a direct pitch to Ukip supporters as well as Eurosceptic Tories

Politicians say the craziest things – and never more so than at election time

I can’t wait to hear what Cameron, May and Farage will come up with next

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Sending the least popular Englishmen to plead with the Scots: that was a good move

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It's one threat after the other from the No campaign

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army fires rounds into the air on August 21, 2012, during the funeral of 17-year old Ahmed Hamoudi

Arming people and bombing them at the same time: that’s some strategy

Could the West be any more confused over Iraq and Syria?

“We should be offering them [the ‘very, very rich’] humble and hearty thanks,” said the Mayor in his Telegraph column

Boris's bumbling persona and family fortune can help drag Britain back to the future

As he’s on the rise, the others will try to copy him; Clegg will be cheeky Cockney and Miliband outrageously camp

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