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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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

World Cup draw: We had an empire, and now we can't even put one past the Slovenes!

World Cups bring out the worst in England, looking back to when we ruled the world

Boris Johnson is spot on. All bankers have ever cared about is other people's interests

Of course, the problem with this country is that bankers haven’t been greedy enough

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell in 2011

Of course you don’t need qualified teachers in free schools. Or qualified brain surgeons, for that matter

It's obvious that the more you leave our enterprises unregulated the better they do

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking US President Barack Obama for answers over why her phone was bugged

Of course the US is spying on Merkel. It's always the ones you least expect, after all

If the US was tapping Berlusconi, it could charge people to listen and wipe out its debt

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin at the Tea Party's Restoring America event in Iowa

The Tea Party have successfully undermined everything Obama has attempted

US republicans have shown a new way to govern – by giving up on winning elections

To call Labour 'Stalinists' for proposing regulation is beyond absurd

Mind your back garden! The Communists are on the loose!

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