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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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.'

Daily catch-up: Liz Kendall speaks to the Westminster press pack – kamikaze or courage?

Labour Party members will choose the candidate who scares the Conservatives most

Daily catch-up: Steve Hilton, creator of
Cameronism 1.0, returns to survey version 2.0

Plus the Human Rights Act, Ed’s tombstone and alcohol consumption

Daily catch-up: Labour prepares to choose a leader to fight the last election

Plus further election-result pedantry and another outstanding genuine shop name

Daily catch-up: a new term starts at Mr Cameron’s Academy, with a new Camera-on

Plus: How will the opinion polls change, and is Labour over-thinking its post-election analysis?

Daily catch-up: political tribalism, Ed Miliband’s vanity and the receding of the SNP tide

A miscellany of political musings and furies, plus the original ‘Stairway to Heaven

The Top Ten: Different songs with the same title

This was started by Tim Mickleburgh, who remembered No 1 and reminded me of No 2, one of my favourite pop curios. There's a website that has collected 5,009 examples, many of which are one-word titles, so the premium here was on longer, more specific entries.

Our elected MPs are more unpopular than ever, so what are the best ways to connect with the public and regain faith in politics?

How to burst the Westminster bubble: Simple steps MPs could make to connect us all

This election left voters feeling jaded with the conduct of British politics, but it doesn't have to be this way

The SNP surge tilted the election by putting English and Welsh voters off Labour

The waiting game will work against the SNP

David Cameron did not call the SNP's bluff, hoping that its leader will overplay her hand

Daily catch-up: I am glad the opinion polls got it wrong because it means we’re not robots

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EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

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Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

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Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
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Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy