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: ‘When working people succeed, Britain succeeds’ is ‘not just a slogan’

And other unconvincing claims from the campaign trail

Election catch-up: Nicola Sturgeon, the anti-Tory who needs the Tories to keep her popular

All you need to know about what’s going on. And some things you don’t

Election catch-up: Just what the election needs – another superficially popular but foolish policy

Ed Miliband’s promise to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers is the latest in a long line of economically ignorant gimmicks

Ed Miliband knows he is in for a tough time from the Conservative-leaning press until polling day

General Election 2015: Miliband faces the terrible prospect of having peaked too early

The Labour leader has been able to confidently shrug off his image problems, but his new persona may have gone too far and come too soon

General election 2015: Poll of pollsters shows still too close to call... so let the horse-trading commence

Since last week, the Tory lead over Labour widened slightly in the average forecast

The Top Ten: Words that are the opposite of their meaning

Tom Chatfield quoted David Foster Wallace, who wrote in an essay collected in 'Both Flesh and Not' of, 'a tiny elite cadre of words that possess the opposite of the qualities they denote', including diminutive, classy, big, colloquialism and pulchritude. Here are 10 more…

Election catch-up: paper tiger savages Miliband; Miliband unmarked

The Conservative press is doing what the Conservative press does, and other unsurprising news

Election catch-up: who would be Foreign Secretary in a Labour government?

And other pointless speculations about the election and sundry matters

Election catch-up: What are the chances of Ed Miliband becoming prime minister?

A straw poll in the Westminster bubble gives it to Miliband by 55 per cent to 45 per cent

Election catch-up: It looks more and more as if we should get used to Prime Minister Miliband

The probability of a Labour government is hardening as every day passes

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