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John Rentoul

John Rentoul is The Independent’s chief political commentator, having worked for the title since 1995. He is also visiting professor at King’s College, London, and a prominent tweeter. He is the author of a biography of Tony Blair and, with Jon Davis, of Heroes or Villains? The Blair Government Reconsidered. As well as writing about politics, he contributes a weekly top 10 of curiosities and Mea Culpa, a column about style and usage

Theresa May has destroyed the Tory party

The local and European elections next month are the least of the party’s problems. The failure to deliver Brexit is one of those points at which history turns and takes a new direction

Who is responsible for Britain failing to leave the EU this week?

Analysis: There are two groups of MPs, diametrically opposed to each other, whose actions have led to the postponement of Brexit day, says chief political commentator John Rentoul

The Halloween Brexit extension confirms it – we'll never leave the EU

The postponement of the Brexit deadline to October, agreed by EU leaders last night, suggests that leaving the EU is just too difficult