John Rentoul

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.

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Daily catch-up: Cameron’s speech, his place in history, and the Pedant Club

Collected commentary on the Big Speech and other matters including the names of London railway stations

David Cameron gives his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham

Conservative Party Conference: Here's what David Cameron said in his speech…and what he meant

I've been reading between the lines of the Tory leader’s address

Daily catch-up: ugly buildings, fighting spirit, and a warning on low pay

News from Birmingham and other parts of the virtual world from our political commentator

Daily catch-up: low pay, E and non-E online, and the pointlessness of chess

Half a dozen inveiglements from around what Gordon Brown calls the websphere

Daily catch-up: composers’ squiggles, the latest polls and ‘quasi-Trot’ Miliband

Making sense of parts of the websphere over the weekend

The latest ComRes opinion poll shows that voters have a low opinion of both potential prime ministers: a mere 25 per cent saying they have a “favourable” view of David Cameron and just 19 per cent saying the same of Ed Miliband

General election 2015: There is no trust in this contest of negatives

As our ComRes poll shows, the voters have a low opinion of both potential prime ministers
Sitar: A guitar on which you sit

The Top Ten: Misleading definitions of words

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.

Daily catch-up: legality of strikes against Isis, a bet on Ukip, and a socialist reading list

Observations and curios from around what Gordon Brown, titan of our times, calls the websphere

Daily catch-up: self-regarding architecture and closing notes on Labour’s conference

Plus 32-year-old secrets from a spies’ style book

Ed Miliband Labour conference speech: What he said...and what he meant

The Opposition leader accidentally left out an entire passage on the economy

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?