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: What is the point of Jeremy Corbyn running for Labour leader?

Labour tried his ideas in 1983 and decided they weren’t really helping

Daily catch-up: what the new MPs tell us about the state of politics today

Plus the Chilcot inquiry, short songs, the Labour leadership election and another photograph of old London

Sir John Chilcot first announced the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009

Chilcot report into Iraq war 'unlikely to be published for another year'

Exclusive: £10m inquiry will soon have sat for longer than troops were in action

The Rolling Stones performing in concert in 1964

The Top Ten: Pop songs shorter than two minutes

This list was proposed by Andrew Sentance as a companion list to 'Singles longer than six minutes' (8 February), but Phil Collins pointed out that my favourite, 'But I'm Different Now' by the Jam, 1980, 1 min 49 secs, was never a single. It should have been, so I widened the definition to 'Pop songs (that could have been singles) shorter than two minutes'

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Bad news for Labour – first impressions count

If its new intake of MPs is anything to go by, the party's talent-pool problem is only going to get worse

Daily catch-up: Learning from the only Labour leader to win a working majority in the past 49 years

A flashback to those days when the sun always shone and things could only get better

Blair to Cameron: you’re not going to change anything with ‘just another committee’

The former Prime Minister did the Strand today, speaking at the Strand Group at King’s College, London

Daily catch-up: Labour’s needless defeat – where is the anger?

The Labour leadership candidates were asked to give yes or no answers yesterday, and two of them failed to do so

Daily catch-up: Who is the third most powerful person in the Conservative Government?

Another look at the hidden wiring of the UK Government – the new structures set up to deliver Conservative promises

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