John Rentoul

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.

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Let me list everything and anything that was positive about Ed Miliband's speech

Our political commentator tries to give the Labour leader the benefit of the doubt

Daily catch-up: Ed Miliband on low pay;
Alan Johnson on Betjeman; Tom Freeman on editing

Half a dozen things you may not have read over the weekend

Alan Johnson, Please, Mister Postman, book review: An elegy to a time not so long gone

His book is a wonderful elegy to a time when nobody drank at home, and the fax machine was seen as a serious threat to our future

The Top Ten: One-word lines in films

This list was suggested by Mark Wallace, and I am taking some of these on trust as they are from films I haven't seen and, in the case of 'Evil Dead 2', have no desire to see. There were a couple of nominations from 'Withnail and I', but I didn't understand them.

Scottish referendum: To the victor, the carping and the criticism

If you want to know who won the referendum, look at who resigned afterwards

3 Donatella Versace and Audrey

Errors and Omissions: We were having a blond moment – maybe two

Our chief political commentator fixes his eye on this week's Independent coverage

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, where he made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union, saying he would be

Scottish referendum results: David Cameron did the right thing, so why does Scotland’s vote feel like a defeat?

The Prime Minister ought to emerge from the referendum with his reputation strengthened, but it will not work out like that

Daily catch-up: Gordon Brown’s finest hour, a letter from Quebec and the problem of anti-politics

All you need to get you through a day of waiting for the referendum result

Daily catch-up: odd pub names, final polls in Scotland and war historians

Light and shade from around the internet on the eve of the referendum

Daily catch-up: Scottish polls, the clown who saved Iceland and all about oil

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Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
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Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
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Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
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Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
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Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world