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: When I debated with Jeremy Corbyn (and lost)

Plus all you need to know about Blair rage, Anglican cathedral music and the tenure of Iain Duncan Smith

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Was George Osborne right when he said that Duncan Smith is ‘just not clever enough’?

Daily catch-up: the guilty men and women responsible for the Corbyn disaster

The rise of the hard-left Chauncey Gardiner is the product of a catalogue of accidents and mistakes

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Daily catch-up: Labour historian Gordon Brown’s great prowl-and-persuade speech

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