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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Banned List update: more imnecessary words and phrases. If you wouldn’t mind

The author of ‘The Banned List’ issues an emergency supplementary list of prohibitions

Does Clegg face problems from his own party?

Nick Clegg's paradox: the policies are fine, he's not

Demiation is a word I've invented. It means to be cut by half, the likely fate of Lib Dem MPs

The Top Ten: Invented words

Thanks to Paul Dickson for this collection. His book Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers has just been published by Bloomsbury. To a word nerd (a word that first appeared in 1950 in Dr Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo, in which Gerald McGrew wants “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too…”, for his collection) it is a delight.

The daily catch-up: heatwave update; duck tape and market socialism

A handful of gems selected from the bran tub of the internet by our political columnist

The daily catch-up: art of the unapology, a bet on UKIP and printer ink molecules

Bits and pieces of shiny interest collected from the internet by our cyber-jackdaw

The daily catch-up: knitting, why Ed wants to be PM and a colloquium of Indy-pedants

Notables and curiosities collected from the further (and nearer) shores of the world-wide web

The daily catch-up: Joe on Vlad, banks of the Jordan and Blair's radicalism

Don't waste your time googling around the internet: let our chief googler do it for you

The daily catch-up: a word from our lizard overlord, while Ed goes to Washington (not Zagreb)

Half a dozen things you may have missed over the weekend

The Top Ten: MPs with Parliament in their blood

The House of Commons Library produced a list last year that was interesting, but nit-picking pedants pointed out that it had omitted several well-known examples, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband. This year's list was more complete. It included 28 sitting Conservatives, 24 Labour and five Lib Dems.

Tony and Cherie Blair on the day he was elected

Two decades on, what is Tony Blair's legacy worth?

Perhaps now would be a good time to remind young people about his record
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