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.
27 July 2014 03:43 PM
The author of ‘The Banned List’ issues an emergency supplementary list of prohibitions
27 July 2014 01:00 AM
27 July 2014 12:00 AM
Thanks to Paul Dickson for this collection. His book Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers has just been published by Bloomsbury. To a word nerd (a word that first appeared in 1950 in Dr Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo, in which Gerald McGrew wants “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too…”, for his collection) it is a delight.
25 July 2014 09:02 AM
A handful of gems selected from the bran tub of the internet by our political columnist
24 July 2014 09:01 AM
Bits and pieces of shiny interest collected from the internet by our cyber-jackdaw
23 July 2014 09:24 AM
Notables and curiosities collected from the further (and nearer) shores of the world-wide web
22 July 2014 09:16 AM
Don't waste your time googling around the internet: let our chief googler do it for you
21 July 2014 09:04 AM
Half a dozen things you may have missed over the weekend
20 July 2014 12:00 AM
The House of Commons Library produced a list last year that was interesting, but nit-picking pedants pointed out that it had omitted several well-known examples, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband. This year's list was more complete. It included 28 sitting Conservatives, 24 Labour and five Lib Dems.
20 July 2014 12:00 AM
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 What if 35 Palestinians had died, and 800 Israelis?
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
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