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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Daily catch-up: Inequality in Britain – a defence of the mansion tax

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Daily catch-up: the lesson of defeat, ‘let’s try the same again only a bit more’

Plus a timely QTWTAIN and some updates from the Moose

Daily catch-up: union bosses mobilise to try to prevent a Labour government

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Daily catch-up: Labour prepares to choose a leader to fight the last election

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Daily catch-up: a new term starts at Mr Cameron’s Academy, with a new Camera-on

Plus: How will the opinion polls change, and is Labour over-thinking its post-election analysis?

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