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

Nobody asking you to go on holiday with Jeremy Corbyn

In this general election there are many constituencies where people who want to stop the PM are in a strong majority, but rather than unite behind one candidate that will beat him they still prefer to fight each other

Johnson’s avoiding the climate debate and I find that very reassuring

It’s the same as if every scientist agreed all the country’s planes, cars, buses, boats and seaside donkeys were on fire. You wouldn’t expect the transport secretary to interrupt his busy schedule to worry about that

The Tories are playing Anarchy in the UK while Labour goes out of tune

Iain Duncan Smith is convinced that 17.4 million people – and no mathematician has ever been able to think of a bigger number, remember – voted explicitly to pay £35 for a tomato

Rees-Mogg lounged on the front benches, assured of his right to power

In any reasonable, measured society, Jacob Rees-Mogg would be in a circus, billed as The Gentry from another Century. And people would gather to watch him polish his monocle