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: Public art

Most public art is horrible, in my philistine opinion (the Philistines being a maligned and cultured people), usually made bearable only by the greater awfulness of the modern architecture around it. But some of it is good. War memorials are in a category of their own, see below.

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Our political columnist continues his campaign to try to be helpful to writers and speakers of the English language

Daily catch-up: war on drugs, shocking polls and Balls family news

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Daily catch-up: left versus right, and more Questions To Which The Answer Is No

Graphs, numbers, pictures (but no kitteh) and even some words selected for you from the digital soup

Prime Minister’s Questions: Another game of smokes and daggers

Ed Miliband and others ask rhetorical questions of David Cameron

Daily catch-up: strangely named buildings, anti-politics and pedantry

More fun, games and earnestly serious psephological analysis from around the websphere

Daily catch-up: EU surcharge and UKIP surge; conspiracy theorists and punks

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Daily catch-up: old London, politicians’ surnames and five-year parliaments

The best of ancient, modern and in between culled from around the websphere, as Gordon Brown called it

Miliband has decided that five-year parliaments might give him the chance to make “long-term decisions in the national interest”

Now Ed Miliband joins the five-year bandwagon

Osborne had a light-bulb moment, he leaned in, crossed out "four" and wrote "five"

The Top Ten: Fictional buildings

The recent Top 10 Great Buildings we ran here was inspired by Tom Wilkinson's book 'Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made', which started with the Tower of Babel. As no one knows what that looked like, or whether it existed, I thought fictional buildings deserved a list of their own.

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