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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George Zimmerman stands when the jury arrives to deliver the verdict

The Zimmerman trial showed an exciting new approach to murder cases: put the victim on trial

So the genius of the legal system is that the case focussed on the way Trayvon Martin should have reacted when pursued by a neighbourhood watch official with a gun

The Privatisation of Royal Mail: Are you ready to deliver your own letters?

Vince Cable has assured us a privatised Royal Mail would maintain all its services. Of course it will, because making a profit will hardly figure in their plans at all.

Andy Murray reflects during his post-match interview with the BBC's Sue Barker (Anja Niedringhaus/EPA)

Wimbledon 2013: We’ve suffered with Andy Murray – now let’s toast a humble champion

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Doreen Lawrence demanded answers today after meeting Home Secretary Theresa May

Doreen Lawrence? Of course she was spied on

The usual response to anyone who questions the police is: “The innocent have nothing to fear.” How much more sodding innocent can you get than Doreen Lawrence?

James Gandolfini: Murder, mayhem and the joy of everyday life

Maybe it was his ability to convey humanity that made Tony Soprano so powerful to watch

22 May 2013: Lawyers carry a coffin during a mock funeral procession at a protest against proposed cuts to legal aid outside the Houses of Parliament

Legal Aid: Well, they are called the wheels of justice...

If a case revolves around an M6 bottleneck, who better to hire than Eddie Stobart?

Miliband makes his play: do everything the same

It’s daft enough that the Tories are scared of Labour; but Labour is scared of itself, too

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Benefit cuts made Kenny depend on food banks. It’s just take take take with some people, isn’t it?

What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers

This is the latest of a long line of things we can no longer enjoy because gays are allowed to do them as well. Why bother buying food when lesbian couples can too?

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