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: George Osborne overtakes Boris Johnson in the succession race

A curated selection of politics, politics, science and a bad sign

Daily catch-up: ‘government requires compromise, by everyone, pretty much all of the time’

Plus Michael Gove’s style tips, JR Ewing, Homer Simpson and another view of old London

The Top Ten: Characters not originally the star

This list started with Thomas the Tank Engine because, although his 70th birthday is being celebrated this year, he did not appear in Wilbert Awdry's 'Railway Series' until 1946. (A tank engine is one that carries its own water rather than pulling it in a tender.) Thanks to Philip Downer, who pointed out that Thomas was originally the Starr (Ringo, that is).

European opinion is moving against once-sacred tenets of the EU – and in David Cameron's favour

Suddenly, everything's going David Cameron's way

European opinion is moving against once-sacred tenets of the EU – and in the PM's favour

Daily catch-up: Yvette Cooper and I were right all along about Greece and the euro

Plus the latest on Leveson, ‘what works’ and alphabetically consecutive cabinet ministers

Daily catch-up: Liz Kendall wins first Labour hustings with three words – ‘country comes first’

A round-up of politics, wordy curios and a map of European population change

Daily catch-up: absolutely nothing much about Jeremy Corbyn – here is a Scottish landscape instead

Plus some essential reading, an informative map and a little bit about Jeremy Corbyn

Daily catch-up: What is the point of Jeremy Corbyn running for Labour leader?

Labour tried his ideas in 1983 and decided they weren’t really helping

Daily catch-up: what the new MPs tell us about the state of politics today

Plus the Chilcot inquiry, short songs, the Labour leadership election and another photograph of old London

Sir John Chilcot first announced the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009

Chilcot report into Iraq war 'unlikely to be published for another year'

Exclusive: £10m inquiry will soon have sat for longer than troops were in action

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
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10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy