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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Misleading Translations: the next 40

Who says we British are poor at languages? Our team of translators has been working tirelessly to bring you the finer meanings of familiar but elusive foreign phrases

'Potpourri': A teapot that doesn't drip

The Top Ten: Misleading translations

This one was Jeremy Thompson's idea. He offered 'In loco parentis' – 'Dad's an engine driver'; and 'Sic transit gloria mundi' – 'It was a rough crossing yesterday but it is a lovely day today.' It's always hard to capture the spirit of the original, and Alan Beattie had a slightly different version: 'After a heavy weekend, Gloria threw up in the van.'

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Daily catch-up: serving up penguins, cooking the TV debates goose and steaming the greens

A collection of politics and curios from around the websphere

Daily catch-up: in opposition to Scottish independence, and in defence of Chilcot

All you need to know about what is going on this week

The sooner the Chilcot report comes out, the sooner the haters can cry, ‘Whitewash!’

Opponents of the Iraq invasion are bound to see the latest delay as further evidence of Establishment perfidy

Why the Treasury backed the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum: its top mandarin speaks

Treasury permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson at the Strand Group last night

Daily catch-up: iconoclasm; worrying about the deficit; and TV series cancelled before their time

Trifles and seriousnesses collected from around the websphere over the weekend

The best prematurely cancelled TV shows from Deadwood to Ripper Street

The top ten British and US productions to get the axe

The 2010-formed Coalition was led by a partly reformed Conservative Party, checked and balanced by Nick Clegg

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The Law of Lord Finkelstein's Friend argues that the voters never get elections wrong and is a warning to Labour

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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