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: landscape; Labour’s poll boost; and why ‘alright’ is not all right

All you need to know about what is going on (in our political columnist’s mind)

Should it be okay to split infinitives or does it chop up the English language too much?

Sometimes it's okay to chop and change the way we write. But most of the time, it isn't

Even if we know that conventional spelling and grammar are arbitrary, they are still markers of quality

Daily catch-up: Old London Bridge; how to fight UKIP; and wolves

Half a dozen nuggets seived from the great river of data in the sky

Kiss: Keep It Simple, Stupid

Abbreviations and acronyms: The top ten

From filth to flotus

Ed Miliband

Rochester by-election: A little respect goes a long way, Ed Miliband

Emily Thornberry's tweet seemed trivial, but it was important and it was embarrassing

Rochester by-election: UKIP did less well than expected (and Labour suffered a malfunction)

The Conservatives can expect to win the seat back at the general election next year

Daily catch-up: old London, the mansion tax and a Lib Dem of principle

All the information on the internet boiled down to six essential nuggets

Prime Minister’s Questions: Ed Miliband versus Myleene Klass

Our political columnist was in the press gallery for another interesting, or possibly dull, exchange

Daily catch-up: NHS markets, phone hacking and doing the Strand

Plus the patent pending (in the sense that it hasn’t been applied for) Rentoul daily opinion poll tracker

Daily catch-up: vegetarianism, opinion polls and more genuine shop names

Another selection of the best upon which our political columnist stumbled on the internet last night

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Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital