John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. 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: an Apple a year, Cameron’s birthday and Thesaurus Club

A selection of items of interest assembled by our political columnist

Tony Blair has received a GQ award for 'Philanthropist of the Year'

Tony Blair had every right to win the GQ award for philanthropy, but try telling that to the haters

Even in ‘1984’, the Two Minutes Hate lasted only two minutes. This goes on and on

Daily catch-up: an ad-Venn-ture, who ‘What If?’ is for and UKIP's untidy bedroom

Half a dozen curiosities from around the internet for your education, information and entertainment

Daily catch-up: eurogloom, Ed in Red and Cameron’s Wilsonian U-turn on control orders

Six short comments on what to read from our political columnist

Daily catch-up: Underground, Overground, over the Irish Sea and clever pigs

Your guide to the start of the week (and the month) from our political columnist

The Top Ten: Political interviewers

This list was compiled by Oscar Pearson, inspired by news of Evan Davis's appointment to replace Jeremy Paxman on 'Newsnight'.

Some of the key words and phrases to remember

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
David Cameron had an unfortunate encounter with some ink during a press conference

Six of the silliest stories of the August silly season

Despite the horror of much of August's news stories, a few daft tales squeaked in to lighten things up a bit
Ukip leader Farage with former Tory MP Carswell, who has defected to his party

Could Douglas Carswell be a Trotskyite in disguise?

This defection to Ukip may help Ed Miliband become the next PM and scupper an EU referendum

August catch-up: genius of Apple, fools and commercial enterprises, and the Queen

As the month draws to a close, our prospector in the cyber-fields returns with another haul

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam