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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Sir Michael Barber turned promises into action for Tony Blair. Here are his tips for success

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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

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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

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