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: 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

Daily catch-up: a murmuration; gay lib tactics; and Latin animal names

All you need to know about fauna, politics, commuting and trousers

Albunea groeningi: A pale yellow sand crab named after the Simpsons creator Matt Groening

Latin animal names: The top ten

I have not fully recovered from the discovery that the proper Latin name of the western lowland gorilla is 'Gorilla gorilla gorilla'. Here are 10 more, inspired by 'The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names' by John Wright, published this month by Bloomsbury.

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