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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Some believe that David Cameron is to blame for allowing Alex Salmond a referendum

With Scotland, Cameron’s taken broken promises to a whole new level

Whatever you think about Scottish independence, doing the opposite of what is pledged or vowed appears to be the rule now

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

We’ve won the battle to prevent our school becoming an academy

But boy does the Department for Education fight dirty

Some believe that David Cameron is to blame for allowing Alex Salmond a referendum

Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?

Leaving Britain would mean no longer being ruled by a government that blames the poor for swiping all the wealth

British Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh

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

Begging and threatening is no way for the Better Together campaign to succeed

Of course I’d like to hear Jack Straw’s thoughts on Isis. Right after I get the Dalai Lama’s views on cage fighting

We might as well ask the opinion of a few random blokes down the bookies

Next they'll say an independent Scotland can't use British clouds...

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?

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