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.
22 August 2014 08:45 AM
Our political columnist rounds up things of interest that you may have missed
21 August 2014 09:37 AM
Half a dozen things collated by our political columnist in which you might be interested
20 August 2014 10:20 PM
20 August 2014 09:29 AM
Our political columnist on his book of the summer
19 August 2014 10:36 AM
Half a dozen things you may have missed in the becalmed weeks of the summer holidays
18 August 2014 08:50 AM
A former special adviser criticises a fellow former special adviser for combining the worst traits of their two former bosses — rather unfairly, says our political columnist
17 August 2014 12:00 AM
This list was suggested by this magazine's editor, Mike Higgins, who proposed dial-up modems and electric milk floats. Telephone-related noises, including the pips when you needed to insert more coins in a phone box (Terry Stiastny), were popular, and I cannot find the old pre-digital UK dialling tone on the internet.
17 August 2014 12:00 AM
15 August 2014 11:04 AM
Still trying to bring you some of the things you may have missed in the holiday hiatus
Angela Merkel dislikes Gerhard Schröder's big black desk - so what does their choice of workspace says about other leaders?
14 August 2014 10:40 PM
Merkel revealed she doesn't like the four-metre black desk she inherited from her predecessor, preferring to work at the small writing-table in front of it
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist