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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Wrong again, but – like Ukip – I'm learning

It might win three seats in next year's general election, but I still don't see where it goes from there
‘Everyday is Like Sunday’, Morrissey, 1988

Songs named after days of the week: The Top Ten

This list was Tom Doran's idea. I thought we might be able to do it using David Bowie alone ('Drive-In Saturday', 'Thursday's Child' and 'Friday on My Mind'), but had to allow some lesser artists in to make up the numbers. And, obviously, the week starts on Sunday.

Daily catch-up: what the by-elections mean, and what if you set the controls for the heart of the Sun?

Our blend of serious political analysis and trivia (which is an invented plural of trivium)

Daily catch-up: by-elections, Nick Clegg’s speech and distrust of MPs

The essential guide to the end of the national party conference season

Liberal Democrat conference: What Nick Clegg said ... and what he really meant

Our political commentator reads between the lines of the Lib Dem leader’s big speech

Daily catch-up: equal rights in America, Lib Dem irony and the Bob Hawke Scenario

News from around the websphere, and also from real places called Whifflet and Bonkle

Daily catch-up: Clegg’s schmutter, other trousers and goth colour schemes

Mostly a lot of silliness, with some analysis of opinion polls in an attempt to raise the tone

Daily catch-up: old sweets, new lists and a defence of Nick Clegg

Battling technology (his broadband connection is down), our wizard of the websphere brings you the latest news – and some olds

The grandfather of communism, Karl Marx
1 Surprisingly unrelated pairs of words
Male and female. Nothing to do with each other. From unrelated Latin roots masculus and femella, diminutive of femina. Unlike man and woman, which are related: man and wife-man in Old English

Listellany: A miscellany of Very British Top 10s

There’s nothing as important as trivia, argues John Rentoul. To prove his point, he’s compiled a book of it. General knowledge will never be the same

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