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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A new book by Tony Blair’s former chief of staff makes the provocative claim that it is always worth talking to the men of violence

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The Prime Minister’s speech was brilliantly balanced, but suffered from fundamental flaws

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