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 TV debates won't happen, so the empty podium is an empty threat

Don’t just blame Cameron, blame the broadcasters, who failed to consult the parties

Daily catch-up: Whistleresque; chickens and TV debates; and the return of Blair

Plus your guide to the 2016 US election and why an iPhone is like a battleship

Daily catch-up: procrastination, open letters and unusual street names

From the weird world of the websphere, half a dozen curios and whimsies

How popular is foreign aid spending?
It depends how you ask the question

A new poll suggests that UKIP may be wrong to claim aid is unpopular

Daily catch-up: mock election posters, Ed the Unready, and a sorry business

And lots more that you should have read in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday if you haven’t already

The decision by Ofcom to classify the Greens as a “minor” party points up the problem of deciding who takes part in TV debates

I agree with David Cameron – there will be no TV debates

Labour and the Lib Dems are desperate not to have Natalie Bennett on the stage

Daily catch-up: who was it who said the television debates weren’t going to happen?

All you need to know about what’s going on

Kitchen sink drama: Benjamin Disraeli

Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance by Daisy Hay, book review

Daisy Hay's fine double biography draws on revealing correspondence

Daily catch-up: London’s skyscrapers; six-minute singles; sense and nonsense on politics

Our prospector in the mines of the websphere returns with another haul

Prime Minister’s Questions: a political football is not much of a weapon, but it could blow up for Labour

Today's exchanges in the House of Commons reviewed by our political commentator

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor