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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Daily catch-up: ‘It’s a trap for Labour!’ Commons votes on welfare cuts

All the latest on Labour’s nervous breakdown and the Chancellor’s attempt to take advantage of it

The Top Ten: Books disowned by their authors

This list was suggested by Della Mirandola, drawing my attention to Jeanette Winterson’s Boating for Beginners, a comedy about a pleasure-boating company owned by someone called Noah (‘I needed money’), and her exercise manual Fit for the Future (‘Again, money, and because I was a fitness freak’).

Jeremy Corbyn,takes part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland

Labour leadership race: Most party members and supporters are horrified by the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning

Many respect him for his socialist integrity, but they realise he doesn’t even want the job

Mhairi Black, the twenty year old SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

So much for the Great Fragmentation – it seems two-party British politics still works

The promise of rainbow politics came to nothing. For electoral success, head to the centre ground

Daily catch-up: Europe and the UK will be more divided between rich and poor

Plus songs that end on titles and another picture of 1930s London

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The Top Ten: Songs whose titles are only in the final words

I started with “Up The Junction” by Squeeze (lovely version by Glen Tilbrook here at 6’55” via Tom Harris) and “Virginia Plain” by Roxy Music, but didn’t think I could find another eight. Especially as I ruled out repeated phrases at the end of songs such as “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” by the Smiths. My contributors proved me wrong.

Who were the beneficiaries and the hardest-hit in George Osborne's post-election Budget?

Budget 2015: After all the cheers, an analysis of the stats tells a sad story

If you’re an egalitarian, this Budget was bad news. Cutting sickness benefit was inexcusable

Daily catch-up: How much of what kind of experience do you need to be a good prime minister?

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Budget 2015: George Osborne announces the triumph of Blairism

The Chancellor paid New Labour the ultimate compliment of going further with its policies of the minimum wage and responsible families

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Budget 2015: What George Osborne said.. and what the Chancellor really meant

Decoding the jargon in the Chancellor’s speech to unearth the real messages

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