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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The Top Ten: One-word lines in films

This list was suggested by Mark Wallace, and I am taking some of these on trust as they are from films I haven't seen and, in the case of 'Evil Dead 2', have no desire to see. There were a couple of nominations from 'Withnail and I', but I didn't understand them.

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The Prime Minister ought to emerge from the referendum with his reputation strengthened, but it will not work out like that

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All you need to get you through a day of waiting for the referendum result

Daily catch-up: odd pub names, final polls in Scotland and war historians

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The Top Ten: Eponyms

Eponyms are words that derive from a person's name. This idea was suggested by Rich Greenhill, a word wizard extraordinaire. He started with 'milquetoast' (a fictional cartoon-strip character) and 'quisling', the name of the army officer who ruled Norway for the Nazis. Alan Robertson mentioned Stigler's Law: that no discovery is ever named after the person who actually discovered it.

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