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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.

No wonder XR is unpopular, they’re trying to make us care

The protesters can make their point, they should just do it without disrupting anything, maybe by drawing a turtle or looking out of the window. Only then can we contemplate giving up a few bad habits

The government’s Brexit plans are sillier than we thought they’d be

Now we can enjoy the thrill of wondering what else will be revealed. It might even be a giant mechanical parrot that flies across Europe identifying goods heading for the Irish border, squawking ‘that needs VAT paying on that, truckload of onions, truckload of onions’

Jeremy Hunt’s fox hunting U-turn showed his charmingly boyish side

That he can develop a fad and abandon it within half a day shows his humanity, like a five-year-old who plays with a toy dustcart before losing interest and opting for a shiny, squeaky donkey instead

Is Boris’s relentless incoherence the ‘positive energy’ Brexit needs?

His supporters have complained Johnson’s neighbours were ‘Remainers and liberals’, following the old Conservative values of being tough on the neighbours who report crime