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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Wrong track: The election campaign has exposed Ed Miliband’s organisational weaknesses

Labour has turned into a party at war with itself

The way it conducted last week's election campaign showed deep divisions and poisonous rivalries
'You’re fired': Christopher Hitchens' Hitch-22

The top ten: Footnotes

Thanks to Calum (again) for suggesting this list, after I had commented on the wonder of the footnotes in John Campbell's biography of Roy Jenkins, a fabulous old-fashioned book, with footnotes at the bottom of the page, plus endnotes, including endnotes in the footnotes.

Horse: Used to be hros. Which is impossible to say, so no wonder it changed
According to the blog posted by Dominic Cummings, all is not well between Nick Clegg and Micheal Gove

Blog post provides a rare insight into what goes on in a coalition

It is a remarkable document... setting out how the war between Michael Gove and Nick Clegg was fought
Michael Abberton posted a ‘mocked-up’ Ukip poster on his Twitter account

Errors and Omissions: We hope to see a downturn in the use of upcoming

This week's howlers in the Independent

Ed Miliband visiting Leighton Hospital in Crewe earlier this week. The Labour leader is trying to move the NHS to the top of the political agenda

PMQs: Why didn't Miliband probe Cameron on the NHS? Waffling on about Pfizer won't help the polls

He could have said the Labour government had been solving the problem when the coalition came in and top-down-reorganised our health service back to the Dark Age

Miliband miscalculated when he attacked Clegg in a recent party broadcast

Ed Miliband is blundering about on a 'crutch' provided by disillusioned Lib Dem voters

So why did he think it was a good idea to attack Nick Clegg in an election broadcast last week?
After the news that the Labour lead over the Conservatives has narrowed dramatically in recent days, and is down to just one point in three different polls, Ed Miliband is today facing another poll shocker after a new survey released showed four in ten voters think he's weird.

PMQs: Miliband's claims of intellectual superiority start to look dim

Miliband has claimed he is intellectually superior to David Cameron, but it didn't all seem to add up during today's PMQs

The top ten: Malapropisms


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