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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It’s no good, Dawkins. No one’s going to abandon religion because some atheist is banging on at them about science

Some people can’t accept that others are religious, even if they’re not doing any harm

Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary, has written to Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland (pictured), to warn him about an average £1,000 rise in income tax per person

Now even David Bowie’s ganging up on the Scots. Is this how to stop independence?

The next thing you know the Scots will be told to go and find their own solar system

Maybe Nigel Lawson is right. There can’t be global warming, because isn’t it always colder at night?

It’s a method of argument perfected by disgruntled men in the corner of pubs

If his 2015 manifesto is going to feature a load of pledges he can’t stick to, shouldn’t Nick Clegg at least have some fun with it?

If it’s grown-up to ignore what you said to get elected, why have a campaign at all?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy seems to have changed his mind about Tony Blair as president of Europe

The curious fate of Tony Blair: Feted by foreign governments, citizen’s arrests in the real world

Sarkozy has revealed Blair feels ‘marginalised’ – though his £70m fortune must provide some comfort

A gritty look at the grim reality of life with an unearned £2m windfall

We've had ‘Benefits Street’, so how about ‘Bonus street’? A gritty look at the grim reality of life with an unearned £2m windfall

January is an expensive time. The kids get bored and want a panda or a hovercraft

By jingo, Gove’s right – those leftie academics have hijacked the Great War. Remembrance Sunday has nothing on ‘Blackadder’

It was all right for Harry Patch, lazing in the trenches discussing ‘peace studies’

You can’t fault rail fare increases, which commuter doesn’t want this luxury form of travel?

At least the rail companies make travel exciting and unpredictable as it should be

David Cameron with a UK Border Agency official at Heathrow

David Cameron's Christmas raid on Southall's illegal immigrants

Can you imagine a gesture more in line with the spirit of Christmas?

The easiest way to get rich quick is to work for the banks and badger the vulnerable to buy insurance

Once you’ve accepted the rules – all that matters is selling a policy – there are no moral barriers

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