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.
01 October 2014 02:59 PM
I've been reading between the lines of the Tory leader’s address
01 October 2014 09:02 AM
News from Birmingham and other parts of the virtual world from our political commentator
30 September 2014 08:17 AM
Half a dozen inveiglements from around what Gordon Brown calls the websphere
29 September 2014 08:35 AM
Making sense of parts of the websphere over the weekend
28 September 2014 12:00 AM
26 September 2014 01:10 PM
This list started with a conversation on Twitter. Aric Gilinsky (respectfully) disagreed with Tom Doran's opinion on the meaning of irony. Tom had said: 'It means 'a bit like iron'. Everyone knows that.' Aric asked: 'Is this part of a Top 10 false meanings of words that you could totally convince a foreigner are true?' It is now.
26 September 2014 08:41 AM
Observations and curios from around what Gordon Brown, titan of our times, calls the websphere
25 September 2014 08:34 AM
Plus 32-year-old secrets from a spies’ style book
24 September 2014 10:13 AM
The Opposition leader accidentally left out an entire passage on the economy
24 September 2014 09:18 AM
Busy day? Here are half a dozen useful things to know to get you through it
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- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
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