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.
21 December 2014 12:00 AM
19 December 2014 10:32 AM
A special edition of one of our favourite internet memes
17 December 2014 01:43 PM
The last session of the year was a summary in advance of the next five months
17 December 2014 09:36 AM
A guide to your travels around the internet today
16 December 2014 10:06 AM
Also, railway stations from a different lost world of the past
14 December 2014 12:00 AM
14 December 2014 12:00 AM
This list was suggested by this magazine's editor, Mike Higgins, when he saw that Rio Ferdinand's memoir was called '#2Sides'. Ben Stanley nominated 'Auto Da Fay', by Fay Weldon, while Michael Crick nominated 'It's About A Ball', by Alan Ball, but those are both superb.
13 December 2014 12:00 PM
Boris Johnson can write, we know that, but his history is shaky and the text is ruined by ridiculous 'Churchill Factor' ratings out of 10, which make it read like a Cosmopolitan feature
12 December 2014 08:36 AM
And another lovely picture of how London used to be
11 December 2014 08:46 AM
Plus a soothing distraction from the weather bomb and a quiz about Christianity
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting