Mark Steel

Columnist of the Year 2015, Mark Steel, is Commentator and stand-up comedian who 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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Fifa has created a World Cup so costly and authoritarian that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have protested against it
Blatter had been addressing the African and Asian confederations’ congress

Here's to Sepp Blatter! The most repulsive man in football

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A celebrated image of a man trying to stop the tanks entering the square

China’s censorship of Tiananmen Square isn’t oppression – it’s just a new kind of extreme counselling

This demand to forget fosters a whole new way of thinking

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If you can't beat Nigel Farage, become him

Suddenly everyone wants to talk about immigration. It’s going to be hard to beat Ukip at this game, though.

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Those selfish separated couples plunder our economy with relentless greed

No need to drag the Child Support Agency into things. Surely you can work it out amicably and save those poor taxpayers money

Mark Steel: With no Bulgarians or Romanians, who can Ukip blame now?

By pointing at immigrants, and letting bankers get away with whatever they like, Ukip may well prove to be the most establishment party of them all

Mark Steel: The popular idea that all parties are the same is nonsense. But what voters yearn for is politicians with conviction, soul and humanity

There won't be a legal battle for image rights over T-shirts showing ministers' faces

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If this counts as consultation, then Gove and his allies must be taking inspiration from Kim Jong-un

Those in opposition to academies are now being called immoral

Mark Steel: What a triumph! We’ve persuaded Starbucks to relocate its European headquarters to Britain. Mine’s an extra shot of tax avoidance

Our tax regime couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the move, could it?

Letting people get away with anything. Is this the fine art of leadership, David Cameron-style?

The Prime Minister’s treatment of Maria Miller shows he is not exactly Alexander the Great

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