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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Have you heard? The immigrants ruined Britain

Of all those cockle-pickers who brought the banking system to its knees, not one has voluntarily given back their knighthood. At last the Government is taking action

Mark Steel: If every Boston marathon runner had a gun, they’d be safe, right?

This is the logic of the US gun lobby, although it might be tricky with sprint races, as every runner would instinctively fire on the poor sod who fired the starting gun

A lady makes a silent peace protest outside of St Paul's Cathedral after the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral

Mark Steel: Thatcher's funeral is over. Can we go back to normal now, please?

It’s essential for the nation that we quickly revert to our normal madness levels. Somehow we became so doolally last week we banned a song from The Wizard of Oz

Mark Steel: You can't just shut us up now that Margaret Thatcher's dead

If someone robs your house, you don’t say: “I disagreed with the burglar’s policy, of tying me to a chair. But I did admire his convictions.”

What did I learn from this class survey? Watch out for the postman if he's humming Mozart

For class to have any meaning, it must represent more than which music you listen to

The poor spend all the money. Isn’t it obvious?

It’s a tricky argument to pull off – the poor caused the debt so they should pay it back

Iraq: We can all change our opinion, can’t we?

MPs shouldn’t be so hard on themselves. They made a fully conscious decision to back the war on the scientific basis that it might upset their careers if they didn’t

Prince Charles is just what those Syrian refugees needed

The Saudi visit’s theme is ‘military collaboration’. Because it’s only polite to stick to small talk

Feeling bold, Mr Milliband? I've got a cunning plan to deliver a Labour victory in 2015

Millions are upset about bankers and Murdoch, which ought to translate into Labour support. Instead Ed Miliband comes across as an inoffensive Sellotape salesman

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's real lesson for Labour? Compromise is over-rated

The idea that Lincoln was the consummate modern political compromiser has to answer one awkward fact: he abolished slavery

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