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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The Top Ten: Double-barrelled villages which sound like members of a jazz band

Neil Oatley reports that his friends Fred Gallagher and Andrew Kellitt organise motor rallies in the UK, on which business they have noticed many villages with double names which sound as if they should be members of a jazz band…

Despite saying he is winding down his presidency, Obama still has another 18 months of the job to go

The long goodbyes of Obama, Blair and Cameron, and the curse of political lame-duckery

Obama is a little ahead of Cameron on the exit ramp, and Cameron must be watching how he manages it with interest

Ed Miliband poses for a selfie with a Labour supporter in the run-up to May's election

Ed Miliband's vanity has doomed Labour for a generation

Now, if Labour is only defeated again in 2020 and 2025 it will have got off lightly

Daily catch-up: I think I’d better stop trying to predict the Labour leadership election

This morning’s YouGov poll doesn’t necessarily suggest Jeremy Corbyn will win, but who can say?

‘I’ve got a typewriter and a bottle of gin’:
Sir Richard ‘Otto’ Clarke, titan of the Civil Service

The Strand Group looked back at the career of one of the great civil servants of the middle three decades of the 20th century

Daily catch-up: ‘Labour in chaos’ and other silly stories, myths and memes

Harriet Harman’s decision to abstain in last night’s Commons vote was a mistake

Daily catch-up: ‘It’s a trap for Labour!’ Commons votes on welfare cuts

All the latest on Labour’s nervous breakdown and the Chancellor’s attempt to take advantage of it

The Top Ten: Books disowned by their authors

This list was suggested by Della Mirandola, drawing my attention to Jeanette Winterson’s Boating for Beginners, a comedy about a pleasure-boating company owned by someone called Noah (‘I needed money’), and her exercise manual Fit for the Future (‘Again, money, and because I was a fitness freak’).

Jeremy Corbyn,takes part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland

Labour leadership race: Most party members and supporters are horrified by the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning

Many respect him for his socialist integrity, but they realise he doesn’t even want the job

Mhairi Black, the twenty year old SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

So much for the Great Fragmentation – it seems two-party British politics still works

The promise of rainbow politics came to nothing. For electoral success, head to the centre ground

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