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Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The Essay; My Albion; Intrigue

Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The Essay; My Albion; Intrigue

There are many unknowns in our lives. Who can tell if Christmas, a Brexit deal or The Archers can now be salvaged? Still, in hindsight, do Radio 4 bosses regre [...] Read full article: Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The...→

Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The Essay; My Albion; Intrigue

Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The Essay; My Albion; Intrigue

There are many unknowns in our lives. Who can tell if Christmas, a Brexit deal or The Archers can now be salvaged? Still, in hindsight, do Radio 4 bosses regre [...] Read full article: Radio reviews: Mark Steel’s in Town; The...→

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

The Daily Mail and the MPs who complain about inaccuracies in The Crown are right – look how appallingly we’ve been misled about Prince Andrew Read full article: We must have historians to remind us whe...→

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Fast bowler’s old mentor Steve Harmison believes ECB have made a ‘huge mistake’ over a potential match-winner Read full article: Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the unde...→

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

After seeing the details of the National Audit Office’s report, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that a yogic guru had been given £50m to contact the spirit [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE con...→

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

SOME expressions take me back (as Paddy McAloon once sang). This week it was “trim trail,” two words that plugged me straight into the 1970s and… Read full article: A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark an...→

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Wearing Crawley's black top and shorts away kit, he sported bright orange football boots as he sprinted up and down the rain-soaked pitch ahead of kick-off at [...] Read full article: Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town a...→

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Within a week there would be enough money to feed every child a five-course banquet starting with ‘quail compote served in pelican beak’ personally stirred by [...] Read full article: Marcus Rashford should set up a rival fa...→

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

The Government could have funded the NHS to conduct the system, but instead has awarded failing Serco a £100million contract, says Mark Steel Read full article: Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic...→

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

For those who are still confused, the prime minister will explain everything clearly in one of his addresses to the nation, with bits of Latin chucked in to ma [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming wi...→

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

The Kick-Ass creator yesterday unveiled a five-figure investment which will allow the Coatbridge side to stream League Two fixtures. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rover...→

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Boris Johnson said kids wouldn’t have to wear face masks, because 'you can’t learn with face coverings'. Then he said it was the head teacher’s decision whethe [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Government might ask childre...→

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

This year’s students couldn’t sit the exams so the grades were predicted by their teachers. But thousands of those results have been revised in a way that bene [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only b...→

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

The next batch may work a little better, although I wouldn’t put it past them if it turned out the straps were all made of asbestos Read full article: Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 mi...→

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: British government's 'clear'...→

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Weekend moves have been the big radio story of the past fortnight. Claudia Winkleman will join Radio 2 on Saturday mornings from February, replacing Graham Nor [...] Read full article: Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is t...→

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Just as English National Opera was about to open the doors of its home theatre, the London Coliseum, for the first time this season, the government announced i [...] Read full article: Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem,...→

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

These people are in charge of communications and yet they are behaving like 15-year-olds. Maybe this is why we have received such clear instructions throughout [...] Read full article: We always suspected Downing Street was r...→

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

If the plans are approved, parking would be free in all Paisley off-street council car parks Read full article: Council bids to mark car parks free in t...→

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

There must be an app that tells anyone who has been in contact with a giant failed project that they have to spend our public funds – and mustn’t go outside un [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government has mastered ...→

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

At last, the advice from the prime minister is clear. In his big speech on Tuesday, he announced: “It’s YOUR fault it’s going wrong again. When we said ‘GO TO [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing ...→

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Coatbridge native Millar this week invested in the League Two outfit to allow them to stream games with a high-tech camera system. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rove...→

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Coatbridge native Mark Millar has injected money into his local side with the support revealed today in Monklands. Read full article: Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost all...→

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Next week, Nigel Farage will tell us his plans to have a boiled egg, shouting ‘I will eat this and if some idiot from Brussels tells me I have to eat asparagus [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to b...→

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION: Cast your mind back as far as 2017. The year after the Brexit referendum. It was a time when many were lamenting the fact that we lived in a h [...] Read full article: PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny an...→

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

In any case, Boris Johnson knows for a fact the Russians have no interest in winning influence in Britain, because he accepted £160,000 from Russian oligarch L [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, Bri...→

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

They’ve sacked professor Neil Ferguson, who actually seemed concerned with the numbers. So perhaps now he can be replaced with a philosopher whose response to [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, ther...→

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

Although we all want to be optimistic about the vaccine, can we really believe the promises that we’ll be 80 per cent back to normal by April? Read full article: We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back a...→

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Villa host the Seagulls in the Premier League as they look to continue their impressive start to the season and push further up the table. Read full article: Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs B...→

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Even if the Democratic candidate becomes president, the extent of that victory for the will feel almost anti-climactic after what the incumbent president likel [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest ...→

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

The incumbent changed the rules for what was and wasn’t acceptable of a leader. The second he’s out, the UK prime minister may be under more scrutiny than ever Read full article: Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal...→

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

The former TOWIE star, 33, is said to be considering joining the West Sussex football club after they offered him a contract, according to a report from The Su [...] Read full article: Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with Leag...→

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He enjoys writing his column because no one ever takes it literally.... Next week [...] Read full article: Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio...→

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Ministers like Gavin Williamson are just following rules when they propose something mad, stick to it despite opposition and U-turn on the basis that nobody co [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government’s approach to...→

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Because of political correctness, we have to blame the economic downturn on lockdown. But look closer and you’ll see those who really caused it are three refug [...] Read full article: Farage is right, we can’t let refugees i...→

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

We were told masks make no difference, but now the advice has changed and it is law to wear them. In some areas you cannot be with your family at home, but you [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements ...→

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advi...→

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

I’ve got several hundred items of protective equipment in my kitchen, as long as I count teaspoons and a kettle and a tea towel and a jar of some herb or other Read full article: Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – ...→

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

The Daily Mail and the MPs who complain about inaccuracies in The Crown are right – look how appallingly we’ve been misled about Prince Andrew Read full article: We must have historians to remind us whe...→

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

Although we all want to be optimistic about the vaccine, can we really believe the promises that we’ll be 80 per cent back to normal by April? Read full article: We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back a...→

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Just as English National Opera was about to open the doors of its home theatre, the London Coliseum, for the first time this season, the government announced i [...] Read full article: Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem,...→

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

After seeing the details of the National Audit Office’s report, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that a yogic guru had been given £50m to contact the spirit [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE con...→

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Even if the Democratic candidate becomes president, the extent of that victory for the will feel almost anti-climactic after what the incumbent president likel [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest ...→

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

If the plans are approved, parking would be free in all Paisley off-street council car parks Read full article: Council bids to mark car parks free in t...→

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Wearing Crawley's black top and shorts away kit, he sported bright orange football boots as he sprinted up and down the rain-soaked pitch ahead of kick-off at [...] Read full article: Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town a...→

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

The former TOWIE star, 33, is said to be considering joining the West Sussex football club after they offered him a contract, according to a report from The Su [...] Read full article: Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with Leag...→

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

There must be an app that tells anyone who has been in contact with a giant failed project that they have to spend our public funds – and mustn’t go outside un [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government has mastered ...→

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

The Government could have funded the NHS to conduct the system, but instead has awarded failing Serco a £100million contract, says Mark Steel Read full article: Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic...→

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Coatbridge native Millar this week invested in the League Two outfit to allow them to stream games with a high-tech camera system. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rove...→

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

The Kick-Ass creator yesterday unveiled a five-figure investment which will allow the Coatbridge side to stream League Two fixtures. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rover...→

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Next week, Nigel Farage will tell us his plans to have a boiled egg, shouting ‘I will eat this and if some idiot from Brussels tells me I have to eat asparagus [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to b...→

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

This year’s students couldn’t sit the exams so the grades were predicted by their teachers. But thousands of those results have been revised in a way that bene [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only b...→

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Because of political correctness, we have to blame the economic downturn on lockdown. But look closer and you’ll see those who really caused it are three refug [...] Read full article: Farage is right, we can’t let refugees i...→

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advi...→

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

They’ve sacked professor Neil Ferguson, who actually seemed concerned with the numbers. So perhaps now he can be replaced with a philosopher whose response to [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, ther...→

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Weekend moves have been the big radio story of the past fortnight. Claudia Winkleman will join Radio 2 on Saturday mornings from February, replacing Graham Nor [...] Read full article: Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is t...→

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Fast bowler’s old mentor Steve Harmison believes ECB have made a ‘huge mistake’ over a potential match-winner Read full article: Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the unde...→

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Villa host the Seagulls in the Premier League as they look to continue their impressive start to the season and push further up the table. Read full article: Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs B...→

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

These people are in charge of communications and yet they are behaving like 15-year-olds. Maybe this is why we have received such clear instructions throughout [...] Read full article: We always suspected Downing Street was r...→

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

SOME expressions take me back (as Paddy McAloon once sang). This week it was “trim trail,” two words that plugged me straight into the 1970s and… Read full article: A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark an...→

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

The incumbent changed the rules for what was and wasn’t acceptable of a leader. The second he’s out, the UK prime minister may be under more scrutiny than ever Read full article: Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal...→

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Within a week there would be enough money to feed every child a five-course banquet starting with ‘quail compote served in pelican beak’ personally stirred by [...] Read full article: Marcus Rashford should set up a rival fa...→

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

At last, the advice from the prime minister is clear. In his big speech on Tuesday, he announced: “It’s YOUR fault it’s going wrong again. When we said ‘GO TO [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing ...→

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

For those who are still confused, the prime minister will explain everything clearly in one of his addresses to the nation, with bits of Latin chucked in to ma [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming wi...→

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He enjoys writing his column because no one ever takes it literally.... Next week [...] Read full article: Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio...→

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Coatbridge native Mark Millar has injected money into his local side with the support revealed today in Monklands. Read full article: Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost all...→

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Boris Johnson said kids wouldn’t have to wear face masks, because 'you can’t learn with face coverings'. Then he said it was the head teacher’s decision whethe [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Government might ask childre...→

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Ministers like Gavin Williamson are just following rules when they propose something mad, stick to it despite opposition and U-turn on the basis that nobody co [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government’s approach to...→

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION: Cast your mind back as far as 2017. The year after the Brexit referendum. It was a time when many were lamenting the fact that we lived in a h [...] Read full article: PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny an...→

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

The next batch may work a little better, although I wouldn’t put it past them if it turned out the straps were all made of asbestos Read full article: Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 mi...→

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

We were told masks make no difference, but now the advice has changed and it is law to wear them. In some areas you cannot be with your family at home, but you [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements ...→

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

In any case, Boris Johnson knows for a fact the Russians have no interest in winning influence in Britain, because he accepted £160,000 from Russian oligarch L [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, Bri...→

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: British government's 'clear'...→

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

I’ve got several hundred items of protective equipment in my kitchen, as long as I count teaspoons and a kettle and a tea towel and a jar of some herb or other Read full article: Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – ...→

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

We must have historians to remind us when stories about the royal family aren’t accurate | Mark Steel

The Daily Mail and the MPs who complain about inaccuracies in The Crown are right – look how appallingly we’ve been misled about Prince Andrew Read full article: We must have historians to remind us whe...→

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is the Place, and more

Weekend moves have been the big radio story of the past fortnight. Claudia Winkleman will join Radio 2 on Saturday mornings from February, replacing Graham Nor [...] Read full article: Radio reviews: Graham Norton; Space Is t...→

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back again and have no idea what any of it means | Mark Steel

Although we all want to be optimistic about the vaccine, can we really believe the promises that we’ll be 80 per cent back to normal by April? Read full article: We go from lockdown to tier 3 and back a...→

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the undervalued jewel in England's crown

Fast bowler’s old mentor Steve Harmison believes ECB have made a ‘huge mistake’ over a potential match-winner Read full article: Mark Wood heads to Cape Town as the unde...→

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem, BBC Two; CBSO’s 100th anniversary concert, Radio 3

Just as English National Opera was about to open the doors of its home theatre, the London Coliseum, for the first time this season, the government announced i [...] Read full article: Classical reviews: ENO’s Mozart Requiem,...→

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Villa host the Seagulls in the Premier League as they look to continue their impressive start to the season and push further up the table. Read full article: Mark Lawrenson assesses Aston Villa vs B...→

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE contract from the government? Just befriend a Tory MP

After seeing the details of the National Audit Office’s report, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that a yogic guru had been given £50m to contact the spirit [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Want a multi-million PPE con...→

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

We always suspected Downing Street was run by children | Mark Steel

These people are in charge of communications and yet they are behaving like 15-year-olds. Maybe this is why we have received such clear instructions throughout [...] Read full article: We always suspected Downing Street was r...→

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest Trump meltdown the world has ever seen

Even if the Democratic candidate becomes president, the extent of that victory for the will feel almost anti-climactic after what the incumbent president likel [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Be prepared for the biggest ...→

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark and the new town experiment

SOME expressions take me back (as Paddy McAloon once sang). This week it was “trim trail,” two words that plugged me straight into the 1970s and… Read full article: A Week in Radio: Livingston skatepark an...→

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

Council bids to mark car parks free in town centre in December

If the plans are approved, parking would be free in all Paisley off-street council car parks Read full article: Council bids to mark car parks free in t...→

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal who Boris Johnson really was all along

The incumbent changed the rules for what was and wasn’t acceptable of a leader. The second he’s out, the UK prime minister may be under more scrutiny than ever Read full article: Mark Steel: Why a Trump loss will reveal...→

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town ahead of Salford City match

Wearing Crawley's black top and shorts away kit, he sported bright orange football boots as he sprinted up and down the rain-soaked pitch ahead of kick-off at [...] Read full article: Mark Wright warms up with Crawley Town a...→

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with League Two team Crawley Town'

The former TOWIE star, 33, is said to be considering joining the West Sussex football club after they offered him a contract, according to a report from The Su [...] Read full article: Mark Wright 'is set to sign up with Leag...→

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Marcus Rashford should set up a rival faulty test and trace system. Maybe then he’ll get funding | Mark Steel

Within a week there would be enough money to feed every child a five-course banquet starting with ‘quail compote served in pelican beak’ personally stirred by [...] Read full article: Marcus Rashford should set up a rival fa...→

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

Mark Steel: The government has mastered a test and trace system – for appointing Tory insiders

There must be an app that tells anyone who has been in contact with a giant failed project that they have to spend our public funds – and mustn’t go outside un [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government has mastered ...→

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic to predict Tory coronavirus shambles

The Government could have funded the NHS to conduct the system, but instead has awarded failing Serco a £100million contract, says Mark Steel Read full article: Mark Steel: You don't have to be psychic...→

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing to predict the government’s knee-jerk coronavirus rules

At last, the advice from the prime minister is clear. In his big speech on Tuesday, he announced: “It’s YOUR fault it’s going wrong again. When we said ‘GO TO [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We’re all wrong for failing ...→

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming with Moonshot to zap the virus into another galaxy

For those who are still confused, the prime minister will explain everything clearly in one of his addresses to the nation, with bits of Latin chucked in to ma [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Fear not, Boris is coming wi...→

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rovers clash decided his football loyalty

Coatbridge native Millar this week invested in the League Two outfit to allow them to stream games with a high-tech camera system. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Celtic v Albion Rove...→

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He

Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter and Independent columnist. He enjoys writing his column because no one ever takes it literally.... Next week [...] Read full article: Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian, radio...→

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rovers 'reality show' dream after cash boost

The Kick-Ass creator yesterday unveiled a five-figure investment which will allow the Coatbridge side to stream League Two fixtures. Read full article: Mark Millar reveals Netflix Albion Rover...→

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost allows streaming service after secret talks

Coatbridge native Mark Millar has injected money into his local side with the support revealed today in Monklands. Read full article: Mark Millar Albion Rovers cash boost all...→

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Mark Steel: Government might ask children to dress as Elvis at school next

Boris Johnson said kids wouldn’t have to wear face masks, because 'you can’t learn with face coverings'. Then he said it was the head teacher’s decision whethe [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Government might ask childre...→

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to be outraged about ‘Rule, Britannia’

Next week, Nigel Farage will tell us his plans to have a boiled egg, shouting ‘I will eat this and if some idiot from Brussels tells me I have to eat asparagus [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: We don’t need a boycott to b...→

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Mark Steel: The government’s approach to exams is textbook: Make deranged choices and watch Britain burn

Ministers like Gavin Williamson are just following rules when they propose something mad, stick to it despite opposition and U-turn on the basis that nobody co [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: The government’s approach to...→

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only benefits those from wealthier backgrounds

This year’s students couldn’t sit the exams so the grades were predicted by their teachers. But thousands of those results have been revised in a way that bene [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: A-level results chaos only b...→

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny and Stella and Comedy of Errors

PATRICK MARMION: Cast your mind back as far as 2017. The year after the Brexit referendum. It was a time when many were lamenting the fact that we lived in a h [...] Read full article: PATRICK MARMION reviews Albion, Fanny an...→

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Farage is right, we can’t let refugees in unless they’ve done honest work, like holding pints | Mark Steel

Because of political correctness, we have to blame the economic downturn on lockdown. But look closer and you’ll see those who really caused it are three refug [...] Read full article: Farage is right, we can’t let refugees i...→

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 million unusable face masks. Bless them, they tried

The next batch may work a little better, although I wouldn’t put it past them if it turned out the straps were all made of asbestos Read full article: Mark Steel: The government ordered 50 mi...→

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements are like rules for a 1970s gameshow

We were told masks make no difference, but now the advice has changed and it is law to wear them. In some areas you cannot be with your family at home, but you [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Tory lockdown announcements ...→

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, British interference got us into this mess

In any case, Boris Johnson knows for a fact the Russians have no interest in winning influence in Britain, because he accepted £160,000 from Russian oligarch L [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: When it comes to Brexit, Bri...→

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is clearly confusing

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: UK government's 'clear' advi...→

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

Mark Steel: British government's 'clear' advice on lockdown is not that clear

We shouldn't be surprised if next there is a live TV game show where celebs guess new lockdown rules while taking part in an obstacle course, hosted by Davina [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: British government's 'clear'...→

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, there’s no sense in death toll comparisons – so let’s stop counting

They’ve sacked professor Neil Ferguson, who actually seemed concerned with the numbers. So perhaps now he can be replaced with a philosopher whose response to [...] Read full article: Mark Steel: Boris Johnson is right, ther...→

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – so now we can help the NHS by running hospitals in our homes

I’ve got several hundred items of protective equipment in my kitchen, as long as I count teaspoons and a kettle and a tea towel and a jar of some herb or other Read full article: Mark Steel: Paper towels count as PPE – ...→