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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