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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Election catch-up: who says there is no debate about policies in this campaign?

Serious debate about the taxation of non-doms, Britain’s place in Europe and tuition fees

Ed Miliband believes it fair that the estimated 116,000 non-doms in the UK should face the same tax demands as less wealthy fellow citizens

Non-doms: If George Osborne wanted to win he would not be defending a tax perk for the rich

The stupidity of his response is matched only by its laziness

Daily catch-up: railway romances, election reading and more word play

Your essential guide to life, the universe, the election and some other interesting things

Election catch-up: what a hung parliament would look like (and the truth from Nicola Sturgeon)

Polls of polls and polls of pollsters: all the psephology you can eat

Our Venn diagram shows all the likely combinations of parties that might form a government after the election

General Election 2015: Rainbow coalition, here we come, as the parties cosy up

Confused about all the possible outcomes? John Rentoul offers a guide to how the parties might line up in a new government

The Top Ten: Railway romances

This list was compiled by Malcolm Pryce – author of the 'Aberystwyth' series of six novels, in the style of Raymond Chandler and set in an alternative universe – who has now written a book about Jack Wenlock, the railway detective. Sounds like my kind of weirdo, frankly.

Daily catch-up: religion, politics and roads named after dictators

All you need to distract you from the serious business of the election campaign

Daily catch-up: personality is so much more important than policies

All you need to know about the state of the election. Plus: puncturing the snowflake bubble

David Cameron and Ed Miliband officially launched their election campaigns yesterday after Parliament was dissolved

All-or-nothing simplicities are going to blight this election

If only political leaders could say immigration versus economic dynamism is a difficult balance to strike, or that NHS reform is nearly intractable

Daily catch-up: opening round in the election contest of the YouTube videos

Plus: not answering the important questions about the National Health Service

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence