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: ‘Did an ancient nuclear war kill life on Mars?’ and other conspiracy theories

Plus a head-to-head televised debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Prime Minister’s Questions: Miliband’s MPs have to do his job for him

The Labour leader showed a poor sense of proportion by devoting all his questions to the future of a TV show

Daily catch-up: what makes a good teacher? And politicians in the class room

All you need to know about what is going on

Daily catch-up: Tony Blair, still the point of reference for British politics and foreign policy

The best of the websphere and the latest news on wearable tech

Daily catch-up: an Labour-SNP deal need not threaten Trident; and a green space odyssey

Plus new ways of agreeing and disagreeing with Tony Blair, and a quotation about him traced to its source

Following the 1974 election, Ted Heath (left) thought that the Conservatives had a right to be part of the government because they had won more votes than Labour even though they had fewer seats; Harold Wilson (right) disagreed

That Ed Miliband is more unpopular in Scotland than David Cameron is remarkable

Uh oh... the galloping GNU is loose once more (that's the Government of National Unity - not the wildebeest)

Daily catch-up: We Are Not Syriza; and the riddle of an imitation Sphinx in China

A round-up of politics and quirk from around the internet

Out-of-office replies: how former PMs become thorns in their party's side

If ever there were a leader entitled to destabilise his successor, it was Tony Blair

Daily catch-up: the gap between rich and poor has narrowed (a little) since the banking crisis

Special edition of the daily round-up looks at the evidence on inequality under the coalition Government

Daily catch-up: will this be the election result? And other Questions To Which The Answer Is No

All you need to know from around what Gordon Brown called the websphere

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power