Mark Steel

  • Will Labour say anything at all?

    The only time Ed Miliband's Labour Party has tried to appear decisive is when they argued against trade union leaders.

  • Did you forget your self-reliance?

    So that's the reason why the unemployment rate goes up and down--fluctuating levels of self-reliance.

  • Maybe they don't need to eat

    People in Britain who get food assistance will have to live on cheaper things, such as a sense of humor or particles of light.

  • Games we can't be a part of

    A global festival is taking place in London, and residents of the city are told every day that their participation isn't wanted.

  • Now everyone hates bankers

    The scandal over another scam in the financial world is growing--along with disgust for the bankers involved.

  • What are friends for?

    Those phone calls between Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch weren't about influence-peddling. They were just pals.

  • Licensing the Olympic spirit

    With only a few weeks to go before the Olympics, we're at the point where we're told it's almost illegal to not be excited.

  • The rich decide who's treated

    The logic applied to the privatization of Britain's National Health Service should be extended to other areas of life.

  • The real aims of British unions

    Now we know why Britain's public-sector unions held a general strike on November 29--because they hate mothers.

  • Seven billion isn't the problem

    The mistake population pessimists make is seeing people solely as consumers, while forgetting most of us can also produce.

  • Will Tony Blair ever go away?

    Every few months, just when you think the ex-prime minister has slid into history, he gets paid a million pounds for something.

  • Eight billion years should do it

    What if we applied the same rules for punishing bankers that the courts are using on those arrested during Britain's riots?

  • Disciplinarians on the rampage

    All the people calling for crackdowns following the riots in Britain thought that all along--but they're getting a hearing now.

  • The search for something to blame

    Britain's politicians are all disgusted about "mindless criminality"--but the truth is they don't understand the first thing about the rebellion.

  • Inflicting pain on the sick

    Cuts have to be made, the politicians say. So, let's start by cutting firms whose only purpose seems to be using tax dollars to persecute the disabled.

  • The heads keep on rolling

    As the News of the World scandal unfolds, more crooks are being exposed--from media moguls to government officials.

  • Murdoch's fair-weather critics

    Suddenly, politicians who spent their careers prostrate before media baron Rupert Murdoch are "shocked" at how dreadful the revelations are.

  • Substitute teachers for everyone

    When British public-sector workers announced their June 30 strike, parents were asked to do the teaching themselves.

  • Living in public-sector pension luxury

    You might as well say we can't enjoy the luxury of a sewage system since we're flushing 35 percent more than in 1996.

  • The international loan shark

    When the International Monetary Fund says a policy will "work," they mean work for their sort--bankers and bosses.

  • Can any of us afford to get old?

    With many people now living longer, British insurers think it's high time that workers start paying toward their old age.

  • Much ado about the wedding

    Almost every paper and magazine is covered in it, the pubs are full of flags, and every news report has to mention it.

  • Hand-wringing over a protest

    Hundreds of columns have been written condemning the "violence" of a London demonstration that caused children to cry.

  • This is what democracy looks like

    In any mass revolt, huge numbers of people who gave little indication that they had any interest in "politics" are transformed.

  • Bankers get tired of being sorry

    Finally, someone has come to the defense of one of the most oppressed sections of society--the banking community.