John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. 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.
21 October 2014 09:18 AM
Keeping you up to date with politics, language and architecture
20 October 2014 09:15 AM
Your guide to things of interest on the internet over the weekend
19 October 2014 12:00 AM
Jan Huntingdon said she has a tattered 1790 edition of the K-Z volume of Thomas Sheridan's 'Dictionary of the English Language', and the first word under Z is the first on this list, defined as: 'One employed to raise laughter by his gestures, actions, and speeches; a merry Andrew, a buffoon.'
19 October 2014 12:00 AM
Daily catch-up: the kitchen sink in Rochester, a battle of Home Secretaries, and a fish-and-chip shop
17 October 2014 09:00 AM
Politics and trivia collected for you by our websphere browser
16 October 2014 09:10 AM
It is what the websphere is for: pictures of cute animals and Genuine Shop Names
15 October 2014 02:37 PM
The first time the Prime Minister has faced the House of Commons since the party conferences and by-elections
15 October 2014 08:27 AM
Things you may have missed on the websphere over the past 24 hours
14 October 2014 08:29 AM
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13 October 2014 08:49 AM
Get to the other side with this indispensable guide to what is going on around what Gordon Brown calls the websphere
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'