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.
02 November 2014 12:00 AM
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.
01 November 2014 02:09 PM
Our political columnist continues his campaign to try to be helpful to writers and speakers of the English language
31 October 2014 09:14 AM
All you really need to know from around the internet in the past 24 hours
30 October 2014 09:09 AM
Graphs, numbers, pictures (but no kitteh) and even some words selected for you from the digital soup
29 October 2014 02:53 PM
Ed Miliband and others ask rhetorical questions of David Cameron
29 October 2014 08:57 AM
More fun, games and earnestly serious psephological analysis from around the websphere
28 October 2014 09:51 AM
What you might like to know from around the internet recently
27 October 2014 08:36 AM
The best of ancient, modern and in between culled from around the websphere, as Gordon Brown called it
26 October 2014 12:00 AM
Osborne had a light-bulb moment, he leaned in, crossed out "four" and wrote "five"
26 October 2014 12:00 AM
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.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness