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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. 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. Click here and 'like' to receive updates on Facebook

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Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction, Eagle Eye

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction

As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 1:46 pm

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

The Seattle Seahawks might have won the Super Bowl, but they were roundly trumped by their opponents roster of names

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 February 2014 at 6:41 pm

I win 50p, Eagle Eye

I win 50p

The cut in the top rate of income tax from 50p in the pound to 45p, announced in 2012 and taking effect last year, was one of the big mistakes David Cameron and George Osborne made.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 10:47 pm

Spoonerisms, Eagle Eye


John Rentoul offers some extra Spoonerisms you may have missed…

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 9:38 pm

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?, Eagle Eye

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?

Are parliamentary tactics like an evolutionary arms race? John Rentoul explains

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 8:52 pm

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”, Eagle Eye

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”

My esteemed colleague Simon Calder had a fine article in The Independent on Thursday about the higher costs of holidays outside school terms. It is not online for reasons unknown to me, so I reproduce it here.
What I like about it is the patient way Calder rolls with the punch of popular irritation at things [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 2:04 pm

Go Seahawks, Eagle Eye

Go Seahawks

I have a short comment in The Independent magazine today about why I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Spoiler: it is because their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is black. It is not a good reason, as I admit, but it is how I do American football. If one of my teams (Eagles [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 February 2014 at 12:23 pm

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right

The Labour leader tonight confirms that he will support the change to the rules of future party leadership elections which I outlined in The Independent on Sunday. Some fellow Blairites have been worried that there must be a catch: that the trade union leaders could not really have been persuaded to give up the leverage [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 10:21 pm

Men of Secrets VI, Eagle Eye

Men of Secrets VI

Sir Jeremy Heywood’s interview with Anthony Seldon, recorded in March last year, but only recently released is a first for a number of reasons

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 10:04 am

The Science of Delivery, Eagle Eye

The Science of Delivery

The thing that foreign leaders most want to talk to Tony Blair about is his Delivery Unit. Many governments and local governments are using what it learned about how to improve public services, especially education, with advice from Sir Michael Barber (pictured), who was head of the Delivery Unit 2001-05.
Barber’s most ambitious project is in Punjab, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 8:07 pm

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