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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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!

Help to Buy: Is another property bubble really a good idea?

They must have worked out that creating no extra houses will result in there not being any more houses

Freeze energy prices and cause the Apocalypse

If energy companies are asked to get by on £6bn a year, they might as well not bother

Syria: Something must be done – I mean, anything!

Some people object that we couldn’t have known that Assad would turn out like this

Tributes at Anfield’s Shankly Gates following the publication of the Hillsborough report last year

Take your time on Hillsborough. No, really

Don't worry about grammatical errors in a police statement. They’ll change it anyway

Numbers in a twist, Mr Duncan Smith?

The next trial is in Harrogate, the spa town with the lowest number of unemployed in Yorkshire. It’s like testing a raincoat by taking it on holiday to Saudi Arabia

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King? Not an enemy in the world

Funny how the kind of people who would have been totally opposed to the civil rights leader 50 years ago now want to claim him as their hero

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