John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. 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: Gordon Brown’s finest hour, a letter from Quebec and the problem of anti-politics

All you need to get you through a day of waiting for the referendum result

Daily catch-up: odd pub names, final polls in Scotland and war historians

Light and shade from around the internet on the eve of the referendum

Daily catch-up: Scottish polls, the clown who saved Iceland and all about oil

Essential reading collated for you by our political columnist

All aboard: The Yes campaign’s bandwagon has shot forward in the past three weeks

Scottish independence vote: The fun has gone out of my referendum sweepstake

Why I plead guilty to being no good at election predictions, and to living in the Westminster bubble

The Top Ten: Eponyms

Eponyms are words that derive from a person's name. This idea was suggested by Rich Greenhill, a word wizard extraordinaire. He started with 'milquetoast' (a fictional cartoon-strip character) and 'quisling', the name of the army officer who ruled Norway for the Nazis. Alan Robertson mentioned Stigler's Law: that no discovery is ever named after the person who actually discovered it.

Have you heard the one about Jon Gnarr, the comedian who saved Iceland from political and financial catastrophe?

He was an uneducated, anarchic comedian fed up with politicians. So he took them on. And won. Could the 'clown' who saved Reykjavik now provide the rest of the world with a manifesto for a better life?

Queen Elizabeth II attends Derby day at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 7, 2014 in Epsom, England.

Errors and omissions: Who decides what to call an extremist group?

Our chief political commentator takes to task this week's Independent coverage

Daily catch-up: polls in Scotland closing slowly, then fast and now what?

The state of the race in Scotland and a few other things that caught our political columnist's eye

Geeks may inherit the earth, but may not want to be accused of being good at maths

How are you supposed to express strong feelings without insulting someone's looks, intelligence or ancestry?

Daily catch-up: more public art, and a ray of polling sunshine in Scotland

What we would have called a “sideways look” at the news if our cliché-basher hadn’t banned the phrase

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album