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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Mr Miliband's performance at the debate was watched by millions - but has it changed any minds?

General Election 2015: Poll of pollsters - a good week for Ed Miliband means there's now just one seat in it

The Independent on Sunday asked the bosses of the 10 top polling companies for their predictions.

This, “the most important election of our lifetime,” is about unusually important questions of nationhood

General Election 2015: After Cleggmania about St Nick, this time it is the cult of Sturgeonalia about St Nicola

The one way to make sure Scotland becomes independent would be for England to vote to leave the EU

The BBC TV debate between the opposition leaders was a flashback to student politics

But the normal students weren’t there

Election catch-up: the Save Ed campaign has already been launched

The Labour leader’s bunker is making contingency plans for defeat

Election catch-up: fiscally responsible Ed Balls versus George ‘Magic Money Tree’ Osborne

Plus the difference between phone and online opinion polls

Election catch-up: the rival manifestos and the latest opinion polls

The Conservatives are in trouble over their unfunded £8bn pledge on NHS spending

Ed Miliband poses with Labour's 2015 manifesto

Labour manifesto: The important thing wasn’t happening in Manchester at all. It was happening in Scotland

The SNP really is going to win about 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats in three weeks’ time and there is nothing anyone can do about it

Election catch-up: the better plan vs the clear plan; the red upper-and-lower case vs the blue capitals

Plus an urgent update to the Banned List and a letter to the Health Secretary

The Top Ten: Americanisms that were originally English

Oh, how we like to be snooty about the importation of Americanisms into this country's pure and perfect language.

Every vote counts: John Major celebrates the win that the pollsters failed to predict in 1992

General Election 2015: David Cameron's main hope is the return of the 'shy Tories'

They tell pollsters they agree with liberal policies – but in the privacy of the polling booth, vote differently

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