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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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Has the Commons become rowdier?, Eagle Eye

Has the Commons become rowdier?

Has Prime Minister’s Questions become rowdier? I listened to the audio of PMQs 26 years ago when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Neil Kinnock leader of the opposition on 17 May 1988 (part one and part two: total 15 minutes in those days – it was twice a week). The picture is from 1990, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 5:31 pm

What Is a Climate-Change Sceptic?, Eagle Eye

What Is a Climate-Change Sceptic?

The core of Ed Miliband’s charge against the Prime Minister on the environment is this: “Denial or dither on climate change will damage the country.” The Labour leader doesn’t quite say what he means by this, but the implication – about which I blogged yesterday – is that there are Conservatives in Government who are [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 7:41 pm

Ed Davey vs Ed Miliband, round 94, Eagle Eye

Ed Davey vs Ed Miliband, round 94

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave a speech at the progressive think tank, IPPR, last week, which was reported as an attack on climate-change sceptics in the Conservative Party. In fact, what was striking about it was its warmth towards mainstream Tories and the strength of the attack on Ed [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 2:10 pm

Peak UKIP, Eagle Eye


UKIP is in decline from now on, I argue in The Independent on Sunday today. The foremost academics who study the party, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, were politer in their assessment of its showing in the Wythenshawe by-election, that it was a “solid advance”.
That is true, but a solid advance is not enough. The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 10:26 pm

Words That Used To Mean the Opposite, Eagle Eye

Words That Used To Mean the Opposite

I have a Top 10 Words That Used to Mean the Opposite in The Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, today. Too late for inclusion, Alison Graham pointed out that “oversight” has two, almost opposite, meanings, and my friend Francis Wheen (pictured) wrote to offer a word that deserves a blog post all of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 4:57 pm

Miliband Plays Politics with Floods, Eagle Eye

Miliband Plays Politics with Floods

Ed Miliband in his interview in The Observer today accuses David Cameron of appearing to retreat from his support for the green cause.
That is rich coming from someone who has done so much to undermine policies to reduce climate change with his promise to freeze energy prices. The Financial Times carries almost daily reports of international [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 3:25 pm

Blow to UKIP in ComRes Poll, Eagle Eye

Blow to UKIP in ComRes Poll

UKIP has dropped four points in the latest ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. And UKIP, which was the most favourably viewed party last month, has fallen behind Labour and the Conservatives in our Favourability Index.
Con 32% (+2)
Lab [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 February 2014 at 7:28 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 asking people how they would vote in a general election, we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a “favourable or unfavourable view” of the four main parties and their leaders. This month we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 February 2014 at 10:41 am

New Crop of Names, Eagle Eye

New Crop of Names

I can’t give up on American football yet, say Alex Massie and Steve Evans, just because the Super Bowl is over and the season is done. There is a new season to come and the NFL draft to look forward to. Not only could the NFL sign up its first out gay player, Michael Sam, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 10:46 pm

Ed Balls on the Scottish Pound, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the Scottish Pound

Pooled interview with Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, on the possibility of a currency union with Scotland after independence.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 1:26 pm

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