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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Election catch-up: paper tiger savages Miliband; Miliband unmarked

The Conservative press is doing what the Conservative press does, and other unsurprising news

Election catch-up: who would be Foreign Secretary in a Labour government?

And other pointless speculations about the election and sundry matters

Election catch-up: What are the chances of Ed Miliband becoming prime minister?

A straw poll in the Westminster bubble gives it to Miliband by 55 per cent to 45 per cent

Election catch-up: It looks more and more as if we should get used to Prime Minister Miliband

The probability of a Labour government is hardening as every day passes

Election catch-up: Miliband and Balls, the dysfunctional relationship at the heart of a likely Labour government

Plus your essential politics briefing from over the weekend

The Top Ten: Medical ailments in songs

This was suggested by my former colleague Matt Chorley, inspired by the lines, 'I'm as serious as cancer/When I say rhythm is a dancer,' from 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap! This was nominated for our Top 10 worst rhyming couplets a while back, but inexplicably failed to make the final 10, so this is its second chance

Mr Miliband's performance at the debate was watched by millions - but has it changed any minds?

General Election 2015: Poll of pollsters - a good week for Ed Miliband means there's now just one seat in it

The Independent on Sunday asked the bosses of the 10 top polling companies for their predictions.

This, “the most important election of our lifetime,” is about unusually important questions of nationhood

General Election 2015: After Cleggmania about St Nick, this time it is the cult of Sturgeonalia about St Nicola

The one way to make sure Scotland becomes independent would be for England to vote to leave the EU

The BBC TV debate between the opposition leaders was a flashback to student politics

But the normal students weren’t there

Election catch-up: the Save Ed campaign has already been launched

The Labour leader’s bunker is making contingency plans for defeat

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions
Major medical journal Lancet under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Lancet accused of 'anti-Israel hate propaganda' over coverage of Gaza conflict

Threat to free speech as publishers of renowned medical journal are accused of inciting hatred and violence
General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

All noisy on the Lib Dems' western front

The party has deployed its big guns in Cornwall to save its seats there. Simon Usborne heads to the heart of the battle
How Etsy became a crafty little earner: The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?

How Etsy became a crafty little earner

The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?
Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle King Arthur - one of our most versatile heroes

King Arthur is inspiring Guy Ritchie

Raluca Radulescu explains why his many permutations - from folk hero to chick-lit hunk - never cease to fascinate
Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations for the man or woman on the street?

Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations?

The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch tomorrow
Don't fear the artichoke: it's a good cook's staple, with more choice than you'd think

Don't fear the artichoke

Artichokes are scary - they've got spikes and hairy bits, and British cooks tend to give them a wide berth. But they're an essential and delicious part of Italian cuisine
11 best men's socks

11 best men's socks

Make a statement with your accessories, starting from the bottom up
Paul Scholes column: Eden Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo

Paul Scholes column

Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo
Frank Warren: Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal

Frank Warren's Ringside

Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal
London Marathon 2015: Kenya's brothers in arms Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto ready to take on world

Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

Last year Wilson Kipsang had his marathon record taken off him by training partner and friend Dennis Kimetto. They talk about facing off in the London Marathon
Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

Green leader prefers to stay clear of her 'painful' family memories but is more open about 'utterly unreasonable' personal attacks
Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

Khorasan is back in Syria

America said these al-Qaeda militants were bombed out of the country last year - but Kim Sengupta hears a different story
General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

On the campaign trail with Ukip

Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North?
Four rival Robin Hood movies get Hollywood go-head - and Friar Tuck will become a superhero

Expect a rush on men's tights

Studios line up four Robin Hoods productions