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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David Cameron and Ed Miliband officially launched their election campaigns yesterday after Parliament was dissolved

All-or-nothing simplicities are going to blight this election

If only political leaders could say immigration versus economic dynamism is a difficult balance to strike, or that NHS reform is nearly intractable

Daily catch-up: opening round in the election contest of the YouTube videos

Plus: not answering the important questions about the National Health Service

Daily catch-up: the endless and beginningless election campaign goes up and down

A round-up of the latest on the opinion polls: back at step one

Something wrong with the Conservative Party’s game plan

The Tories assumed that exposing Ed Miliband to the public would put voters off

Top 10 street names in the UK

From Ha-Ha Road to Needless Alley

A 2010 election exit poll projected on to Battersea power station, south London, put the Tories ahead

Opinion polls: Believe them or not, they are here to stay

They may have been wrong in the past but techniques are improving all the time and we should take them seriously

Errors & Omissions:
A widow’s tale with an unexpected twist

Time to take the starting gun out and shoot it: a cliché and other misfires from the week’s Independent

Prime Minister David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman

The TV non-debate: Miliband does better than expected, but not better than Cameron

Battle For Number 10 was a hard-fought preview of the election campaign

Behind the times: Nigel Farage yearns for the boozy long lunches and unregulated capitalism of a bygone era

The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything by Nigel Farage, book review

Nigel Farage's updated memoir shows he hasn't updated his views since the 1980s

Daily catch-up: Labour’s entirely positive campaign in full; plus a hung parliament scenario

All you need to know about politics and snow

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Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
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The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
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Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Caves were re-opened to the public
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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat