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Mark Steel

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He enjoys writing his column because no one ever takes it literally.

Merkel and Macron just told Johnson to play with his toys for 30 days

We’ve been told twice already that the EU will wait until the deadline and then back down. They haven’t yet, but perhaps the prime minister knows the third time’s a charm

Tory leader candidates as far as the eye can see, but no principles

It’s a measure of how low the bar has sunk, that if they manage to pose for a photo without soiling the chair, that puts them in the lead

The Tories are splintering so fast that Grayling looks like a model MP

Amidst this anarchy, Theresa May insists the problem isn’t with her, and in a way she’s right. But instead of doing something, the party has decided to treat us to its perpetual internal warfare