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: the Labour leadership election hasn’t yet got to grips with why the party lost

Plus Charles Kennedy, more on inequality and another view of old London

Charles Kennedy campaigns with Business Minister Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire on 27 April 2015

Charles Kennedy and the rise and fall of the Liberal Democrats

Farewell to the party’s leader who made its time in government possible, but who was against going into coalition

Daily catch-up: £12bn welfare spending cuts – more achievable in theory than in practice

Plus Moose Allain’s cartoon, and some ancient history of the campaign for ‘fair votes’

Daily catch-up: it is worse than a mistake to suggest that the election result was ‘undemocratic’

Accidental art, political commentary and a terrific election memoir

The Top Ten: Terrible technology predictions

When the journalist and jazz critic Clive Davis wrote about a 1985 article in 'The New York Times' explaining why the laptop computer would never catch on ('It would be much simpler to take home a few floppy disks tucked into an attaché case'), Rory Graham suggested compiling a Top 10. After some of my predictions for the election, it seemed like a good idea…

Cameron's Tories defied pollsters’ predictions of a hung parliament by winning an overall majority of 12

David Cameron, the interim PM? Don't bet on it

Some say his European tour is a candy floss designed just for show, and to leave a sugary taste

Daily catch-up: Inequality in Britain – a defence of the mansion tax

Plus reading on the NHS, the Human Rights Act and Hieronymus Bosch

Daily catch-up: the lesson of defeat, ‘let’s try the same again only a bit more’

Plus a timely QTWTAIN and some updates from the Moose

Daily catch-up: union bosses mobilise to try to prevent a Labour government

Plus the EU referendum campaign, short wars, the Queen’s Speech and an unspeakable supermarket shelf

The Top Ten: Shortest wars

'The belief in the possibility of a short, decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.'

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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Beating obesity

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These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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On your feet!

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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
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Thurston Moore interview

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Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific