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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.

All MPs have to do to gain popularity is cosy up to the far right

The most dramatic part of this trend is it seems to work. The more characters like Farage, Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson associate with the far-right, the more successful they become

Taking back control means begging the EU to let us stay

David Davis still says the EU would back down to our demands. They’ve waited so long to the last minute, that the last minute finished – but if we hold our nerve and wait until the 85th last minute, they’ll definitely back down

We mustn’t let Brexit distract us from being awful to asylum seekers

You can understand the Home Office playing hardball. Boys often run away across continents and almost suffocate, pretending terrifying regimes have taken control of their house

We won't praise the PM's resilience when things get worse

This is sparkly British determination to see the good in someone. But Theresa May breaks records for scales of disaster every day and grins as if everything’s turned out fine