John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at King's College, London, and at Queen Mary University of London. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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Election catch-up: I’m not saying the Ed stone is bad – it is so terrible I am lost for words

Plus the latest dim-sum prediction and everything else you need for your bank holiday election reading

Photo match: Nicola Sturgeon on the balance beam on 27 April. Just like that other overnight sensation, Russian Olympian Olga Korbut, in 1972

Election catch-up: SNP surge, Ed Balls’s giraffe noises, and Cameron’s gaffe

Cameron said this was a 'career-defining election' when he addressed Asda employees in Leeds - he was talking about jobs and plainly wasn’t referring to himself

John Rentoul met Ed Miliband aged 23, remarking he was “bright, and put up a good fight for the utilities tax, but I was unconvinced.”

General Election 2015: Win or lose, Ed Miliband is not ready to govern

I do not believe that the Labour Party, with the exception of Ed Balls, is ready to govern

The best bad lines by good poets: From Lord Byron to Alfred Tennyson

'And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn' - John Keats

A new princess is born, but bringing up a child in the royal family is tantamount to child cruelty

It is all very well to choose to be in the public eye, or to want to be a celebrity, but to be brought up as royalty must warp the mind

Question Time Special: Cameron is up to speed now, while Miliband hit a bump

The Prime Minister's answers were practised but still fresh on tonight's programme, but the Labour leader ran into unexpected turbulence

Election catch-up: known unknowns and knowns about what happens on 8 May

Plus some stuff that is not about the election at all, because there will be enough of that over the next week

Russell Brand interviews Labour leader Ed Miliband for his internet programme ‘The Trews’

General Election 2015: Miliband's interview with Brand was a good call

Anything that forces Miliband, who might be prime minister next week, to confront the limits of his naïve magical leftism is a good thing

Russell Brand interview: Well, at least it brought out Miliband’s inner Blair

It might have been a smart move for Miliband to go into the tent of the hero of anti-politics, for an unexpected reason

Election catch-up: ‘When working people succeed, Britain succeeds’ is ‘not just a slogan’

And other unconvincing claims from the campaign trail

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