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.
13 February 2015 07:56 AM
Plus the latest tech news and an update on President Putin’s travels
12 February 2015 09:14 AM
Plus: that scare story about a million people being wiped off the electoral register debunked
11 February 2015 08:12 AM
Short songs, a long speech, a superhero and how to make sense of Scottish politics
10 February 2015 08:53 AM
All you need to know (and some things you could have done without)
09 February 2015 08:11 AM
Plus some very long seven-inch records turning at 45 revolutions per minute
08 February 2015 12:00 AM
'Bohemian Rhapsody' is five minutes 55 seconds long, which got me thinking. Calum Galleitch, who knows, says: 'You can get about six minutes on to one side; if you make compromises you can extend it – the limit is about nine or 10. There's not an exact cut-off – we probably don't have the skills today to press records like that.'
Only Ed Miliband believes he can win the election by taking on big businesses - including the ones that own Tory newspapers
08 February 2015 12:00 AM
Business people hear the Labour leader's rhetoric as hostile to them and to creating jobs
06 February 2015 07:56 AM
Plus some top signage and one-liners in your essential guide to Friday
05 February 2015 08:38 AM
The Europe Dilemma, by Roger Liddle, poses some of the big historical questions about the New Labour government
04 February 2015 11:34 AM
Ed Balls’s Newsnight slip-up was bad news for Labour for two reasons
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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