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: Labour’s entirely positive campaign in full; plus a hung parliament scenario

All you need to know about politics and snow

Prime Minister’s Questions: Cameron springs his Budget surprise – ruling out a rise in VAT

In the last PMQs of this Parliament David Cameron – watched by his wife and two of his children in the gallery – made Ed Miliband look silly

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An expanded glossary of existing and newly invented verbs derived from the names of political leaders, compiled by our keeper of lists

David Cameron’s term limit is admission of weakness and a tactic to maximise the Tory vote

The message is now clearer and louder: Vote Dave, Get Boris

Daily catch-up: Alex Salmond admits he would prop up a Labour government even if it renewed Trident

Plus election memoirs reviewed, and a prediction that turned out to be not wholly accurate

Britain's Chancellor George Osborne stands outside his official residence at 11 Downing Street in London, prior to unveiling the budget

The Tories are on to a loser if the election comes down to horse trading

Ladbrokes are the only ones who give the Conservatives a hope of cobbling together a government

Daily catch-up: what if George Osborne doesn’t have a secret ideological plan?

Plus collaboratorium – that’s not a word! And another lovely view of old London

Daily catch-up: a Budget of absurdities and clichés, which took more from the rich than the poor

And in other news, the Home Office has decided that we do not need Chinese-speaking experts on Chinese foreign policy in this country

He said an awful lot in his Budget speech, but what did it all... mean?

Budget 2015: What George Osborne said... and what he really meant

The Chancellor's true message – beyond the euphemisms and jargon

Budget 2015: George Osborne, the Chancellor that everyone – except Ed Miliband – could see coming

The Chancellor’s Budget went half way towards deflecting Labour’s attacks on the Conservatives

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