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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Daily catch-up: personality is so much more important than policies

All you need to know about the state of the election. Plus: puncturing the snowflake bubble

David Cameron and Ed Miliband officially launched their election campaigns yesterday after Parliament was dissolved

All-or-nothing simplicities are going to blight this election

If only political leaders could say immigration versus economic dynamism is a difficult balance to strike, or that NHS reform is nearly intractable

Daily catch-up: opening round in the election contest of the YouTube videos

Plus: not answering the important questions about the National Health Service

Daily catch-up: the endless and beginningless election campaign goes up and down

A round-up of the latest on the opinion polls: back at step one

Something wrong with the Conservative Party’s game plan

The Tories assumed that exposing Ed Miliband to the public would put voters off

Top 10 street names in the UK

From Ha-Ha Road to Needless Alley

A 2010 election exit poll projected on to Battersea power station, south London, put the Tories ahead

Opinion polls: Believe them or not, they are here to stay

They may have been wrong in the past but techniques are improving all the time and we should take them seriously

Errors & Omissions:
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Time to take the starting gun out and shoot it: a cliché and other misfires from the week’s Independent

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The TV non-debate: Miliband does better than expected, but not better than Cameron

Battle For Number 10 was a hard-fought preview of the election campaign

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The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything by Nigel Farage, book review

Nigel Farage's updated memoir shows he hasn't updated his views since the 1980s
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