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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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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The Top Ten: Eponyms

Eponyms are words that derive from a person's name. This idea was suggested by Rich Greenhill, a word wizard extraordinaire. He started with 'milquetoast' (a fictional cartoon-strip character) and 'quisling', the name of the army officer who ruled Norway for the Nazis. Alan Robertson mentioned Stigler's Law: that no discovery is ever named after the person who actually discovered it.

Have you heard the one about Jon Gnarr, the comedian who saved Iceland from political and financial catastrophe?

He was an uneducated, anarchic comedian fed up with politicians. So he took them on. And won. Could the 'clown' who saved Reykjavik now provide the rest of the world with a manifesto for a better life?

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam