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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From Survivor's Eye of the Tiger to Madonna's Into the Groove

Paul Mason interview: The Channel 4 firebrand reveals his formula for a 'gift' economy

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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…

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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

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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

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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’).

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