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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

John Rentoul Goodbye Seumas Milne, another press officer who became the story

The departure of Labour’s director of strategy and communications is the most significant evidence of the fall of Corbynism within the party, writes John Rentoul

Long Reads

John Rentoul Tony Blair on what he got right and wrong, and what Labour can learn

The former prime minister answered questions from John Rentoul’s students at King’s College London in an hour-long class last month, before the coronavirus lockdown

Johnson’s coronavirus response shows he’s not like Trump

While Johnson prefers to compare himself to Churchill, he has often been compared by others to Donald Trump. Yet how different their responses to the pandemic have been


John Rentoul Mea Culpa: rehearsing for a spell of retirement

Questions of style and usage in last week’s Independent

Politics explained