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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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

Mark Steel: With no Bulgarians or Romanians, who can Ukip blame now?

By pointing at immigrants, and letting bankers get away with whatever they like, Ukip may well prove to be the most establishment party of them all

Mark Steel: The popular idea that all parties are the same is nonsense. But what voters yearn for is politicians with conviction, soul and humanity

There won't be a legal battle for image rights over T-shirts showing ministers' faces

Education Secretary Michael Gove answers questions during the ASCL Annual Conference in Birmingham last week

If this counts as consultation, then Gove and his allies must be taking inspiration from Kim Jong-un

Those in opposition to academies are now being called immoral

Mark Steel: What a triumph! We’ve persuaded Starbucks to relocate its European headquarters to Britain. Mine’s an extra shot of tax avoidance

Our tax regime couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the move, could it?

Letting people get away with anything. Is this the fine art of leadership, David Cameron-style?

The Prime Minister’s treatment of Maria Miller shows he is not exactly Alexander the Great

Just look at the contribution Yashika Bageerathi might have made to Britain. I mean – obviously she had to be deported

The 19-year-old Mauritian caused so much chaos that hundreds rallied round to support her

Mark Steel: There just aren’t enough betting shops on Britain’s high streets. Let’s start converting cathedrals and A&E departments

Blokes huddled round a screen ooze fun fun fun like a Brazilian carnival

Really want to know what the bank thinks of you? You’ll find out when a cash machine gobbles up your card

It was one controlled by the Royal Bank of Scotland that got me

Tony Benn in 1961. He insisted that Parliament was the pinnacle of democracy

Tony Benn was defiantly, stroppily, youthfully socialist to the very end

He achieved the sort of popular acclaim most politicians can only dream of – simply by sticking to his principles, says Mark Steel

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