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: Americanisms that were originally English

Oh, how we like to be snooty about the importation of Americanisms into this country's pure and perfect language.

Every vote counts: John Major celebrates the win that the pollsters failed to predict in 1992

General Election 2015: David Cameron's main hope is the return of the 'shy Tories'

They tell pollsters they agree with liberal policies – but in the privacy of the polling booth, vote differently

Election catch-up: parliament is hanging to the left, but talk of opinion polls ‘turning’ is premature

All you need to know about the election and the English language

Election catch-up: who says there is no debate about policies in this campaign?

Serious debate about the taxation of non-doms, Britain’s place in Europe and tuition fees

Ed Miliband believes it fair that the estimated 116,000 non-doms in the UK should face the same tax demands as less wealthy fellow citizens

Non-doms: If George Osborne wanted to win he would not be defending a tax perk for the rich

The stupidity of his response is matched only by its laziness

Daily catch-up: railway romances, election reading and more word play

Your essential guide to life, the universe, the election and some other interesting things

Election catch-up: what a hung parliament would look like (and the truth from Nicola Sturgeon)

Polls of polls and polls of pollsters: all the psephology you can eat

Our Venn diagram shows all the likely combinations of parties that might form a government after the election

General Election 2015: Rainbow coalition, here we come, as the parties cosy up

Confused about all the possible outcomes? John Rentoul offers a guide to how the parties might line up in a new government

The Top Ten: Railway romances

This list was compiled by Malcolm Pryce – author of the 'Aberystwyth' series of six novels, in the style of Raymond Chandler and set in an alternative universe – who has now written a book about Jack Wenlock, the railway detective. Sounds like my kind of weirdo, frankly.

Daily catch-up: religion, politics and roads named after dictators

All you need to distract you from the serious business of the election campaign

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

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Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
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It helps a winner keep on winning
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but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate