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.
20 October 2014 09:15 AM
Your guide to things of interest on the internet over the weekend
19 October 2014 12:00 AM
Jan Huntingdon said she has a tattered 1790 edition of the K-Z volume of Thomas Sheridan's 'Dictionary of the English Language', and the first word under Z is the first on this list, defined as: 'One employed to raise laughter by his gestures, actions, and speeches; a merry Andrew, a buffoon.'
19 October 2014 12:00 AM
Daily catch-up: the kitchen sink in Rochester, a battle of Home Secretaries, and a fish-and-chip shop
17 October 2014 09:00 AM
Politics and trivia collected for you by our websphere browser
16 October 2014 09:10 AM
It is what the websphere is for: pictures of cute animals and Genuine Shop Names
15 October 2014 02:37 PM
The first time the Prime Minister has faced the House of Commons since the party conferences and by-elections
15 October 2014 08:27 AM
Things you may have missed on the websphere over the past 24 hours
14 October 2014 08:29 AM
Stand up and put your left leg in the air to gain the full benefit of today’s essential briefing
13 October 2014 08:49 AM
Get to the other side with this indispensable guide to what is going on around what Gordon Brown calls the websphere
12 October 2014 12:00 AM
This list was Tom Doran's idea. I thought we might be able to do it using David Bowie alone ('Drive-In Saturday', 'Thursday's Child' and 'Friday on My Mind'), but had to allow some lesser artists in to make up the numbers. And, obviously, the week starts on Sunday.
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientists who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
- 5 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans