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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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

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

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