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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Service slightly delayed this morning for the 9.30 release of Office for National Statistics data on inequality

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This list was compiled by Simon Thomas of Oxford Dictionaries, who is on Twitter as @stuck_inabook. It's a lovely collection of language quirks, into which you will notice I have squeezed rather more than 10 examples…

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Alexis Tsipras has called for a referendum by the Greek people on the bailout

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Daily catch-up: Where now for the left? (Especially on the European Question.)

Labour-minded people didn’t bother with introspective ‘whither the left’ sessions when Tony Blair was winning

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