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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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Labour Party Leadership Election 2010, Eagle Eye

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother.
The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 5:27 pm

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some of the players.
As last year, I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks, and not because of their names, although Marshawn Lynch (pictured) is a great name as well as a great player. In this [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 2:00 pm

Second-Guessing Chilcot, Eagle Eye

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague Andy McSmith, which is billed as an attempt to tell the story that the Chilcot report will tell when it is eventually published.
It is conveniently shorter than the actual Chilcot report, which is a million words with a large number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 6:34 pm

Election Predictions, Eagle Eye

Election Predictions

The Independent on Sunday last weekend published the results of Iain Dale’s seat-by-seat assessment of likely outcomes at the general election.
Two weekends before, we published a Poll of Pollsters, aggregating the predictions, where they were prepared to make them, of the 10 bosses of the active polling companies in Great Britain.
The weekend before that, I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 12:23 pm

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour, Eagle Eye

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour

More people feel favourable towards the Conservative Party than to Labour according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Despite the common view that voters prefer the Labour brand to the Tory one if the qualities of leaders is left to one side, 29 per cent say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 7:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. I will post the results here this evening. The full tables will be on the ComRes website.
As well as voting intention (we had a one-point Labour lead in the last ComRes online poll last month), we repeated our [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 12:57 pm

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber, Eagle Eye

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Great news from my new academic home, King’s College, London.
Sir Michael Barber (pictured), the directing mind behind public service reform in the second term of the Blair government, has agreed to publish his diaries as part of a PhD thesis to be written by one of our stars, Michelle Clement.
Sir Michael, head of the Prime [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 2:40 pm

Footnote on TV debates, Eagle Eye

Footnote on TV debates

Further to my article about the TV debates in today’s Independent on Sunday, there is one possibility I didn’t have space to discuss. This is the much-canvassed “empty chair” tactic, which is that the broadcasters should threaten to go ahead with the debates leaving an empty chair for David Cameron. Either to put pressure on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 3:24 pm

UKIP seen as more left wing than Tories, Eagle Eye

UKIP seen as more left wing than Tories

Voters see the UK Independence Party as being to the left of the Conservative Party, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll asked people to locate themselves and political parties and leaders on a spectrum ranging from 0, very left wing, to 10, very [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 13 December 2014 at 7:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
As well as asking people how they would vote, we asked them where they would place the following on a left-right scale:
Your own political views
David Cameron
Ed Miliband
Nick Clegg
Nigel Farage
Conservative Party
Labour Party
UKIP, UK Independence Party
Liberal Democrat Party
Green Party
Prince Charles
Russell Brand
Suffice [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 13 December 2014 at 10:52 am

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