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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Daily catch-up: What George Osborne won’t do in the Budget next week

Plus a Greek Question To Which The Answer Is Oxi, and the Labour leadership latest

Daily catch-up: the feeble-mindedness of ‘predict and provide’ in air travel

The Heathrow decision, the Labour leadership contest and the decimal separator

Daily catch-up: the Greeks can stay in the euro or end ‘austerity’, but not both

Plus American legal logic, Labour’s Tory defectors, lone wolves and French kissing

Daily catch-up: two new sets of figures suggest the gap between rich and poor is ... unchanged

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

The Top Ten: Nouns that are always plural

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…

Greek people queue for cash in Athens

Greece crisis Q&A: Ahead of Tuesday's bailout deadline, what options do the Greeks have?

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

New official figures were expected to show that child poverty was increasing for the first time since Tony Blair’s 1999 commitment to end it in a generation

The facts about child poverty are stark enough

Tax credits are successful. But they are also expensive, now costing nearly as much as defence

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

Daily catch-up: David Cameron, colossus; Labour contenders, insignificant no-marks (I don’t think)

The Prime Minister has been underestimated, but the ‘Labour giants of yesteryear’ thesis has been overdone

Daily catch-up: against ‘austerity’ and in favour of raindrops on roses

The marchers who filled Parliament Square at the weekend need better arguments

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