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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August catch-up: dress to impress, words to use more often, and the end of the internet

Our intrepid explorer returns from another expedition into cyberspace laden with goods

I'll happily lose cheerio, but no fortnight? Absolutely impossible!

The English language is a preposterous uninflected pidgin of immense richness. Let’s keep it changing.

August catch-up: the way within, eggcorns, and more Brutalism

Half a dozen shiny objects picked up from the treasure trove of the popular micro-blogging website

August catch-up: Salmond’s big day, Brutalism and Blair in Kazakhstan

An idiosyncratic miscellany collated by our chief political browser

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The Top Ten: Eggcorns

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For most of us, the debate over intervention has swirled and reversed repeatedly. We need a leader who will buck the trend – and start leading

August catch-up: architecture, suitcases and ‘pathetic figures’

Our political columnist rounds up things of interest that you may have missed

August catch-up: Barack's phone calls, tribute to Norm and my Desert Island Discs

Half a dozen things collated by our political columnist in which you might be interested

Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station

Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape

August catch-up: The Hitch on Americans, literature, liberal intervention and language

Our political columnist on his book of the summer

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