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John Rentoul

@JohnRentoul 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, among other books. As well as writing widely on politics, he contributes a weekly top 10 and Mea Culpa, a column about questions of style and usage Voices

Labour MPs would betray the country if they force a no-deal Brexit

I am not confident that rationality will prevail

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Top 10 pseudonyms for more than one person

Notable identities assumed by a group or succession of people

Voices Mea Culpa: an infamous hail of rubber bullets John Rentoul Voices If Theresa May faces a vote of confidence, what will happen next? John Rentoul Voices Theresa May’s Brexit statement: what she said – and what she meant John Rentoul Independent Minds What if Nick Clegg had gone into coalition with Labour in 2010? Voices Listen to what Jeremy Corbyn says: he doesn’t want to stop Brexit John Rentoul Voices Top 10 pronunciations designed to trick the unwary John Rentoul Voices Jo Johnson’s resignation increases the chances of a Final Say vote John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: what is your alibi? Language is changing, your honour John Rentoul Voices My sources say no-deal Brexit is likely; my head says we’ll agree one John Rentoul Voices Thanks to Tracey Crouch for proving some ministers have principles John Rentoul

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Top 10 facts that sound fake

Escalators, rats, Saddam Hussein and the Eiffel Tower: ‘that can’t possibly be true!’

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Mea Culpa: when to keep our distance in headlines

Questions of style and usage in this week’s Independent

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How Philip Hammond has managed to avoid his Budget unravelling

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Jeremy Corbyn had a problem replying to, in effect, a Labour Budget

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Philip Hammond’s Budget: what he said – and what he really meant

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Hammond is ready to end austerity – if May agrees to his Brexit deal

Voices Top 10 parodies more successful than the originals John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: apply descaler to remove jargon and cliche John Rentoul Voices When the shadows closed in on the end of Tony Blair’s government John Rentoul Voices Class doesn’t explain voting any more – here's what does John Rentoul Voices Alastair Campbell and the end of New Labour John Rentoul Voices The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is that he really is a Eurosceptic John Rentoul

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Voices Labour MPs may have to save the nation from a no-deal Brexit John Rentoul Voices Top 10 British place names with unexpected pronunciations John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: problem in the cliche-writing community John Rentoul Voices Top 10 musicians who objected to politicians using their songs John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: A famous example of how not to use 'famously' John Rentoul Voices What to look out for in today’s Brexit talks John Rentoul

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Voices PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn asked if austerity was over, and got no answer John Rentoul Voices Even if Theresa May strikes a no-deal Brexit, she will survive John Rentoul Voices Top 10 fluffed lines John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive John Rentoul Voices Theresa May’s big speech: what she said – and what she really meant John Rentoul Voices Boris Johnson’s speech: what he said – and what he really meant John Rentoul Voices

Philip Hammond’s conference speech: what he said – and what he meant

Voices Why Theresa May can ignore the empty challenge from Boris Johnson John Rentoul Voices Top 10 adjectives usually used of women John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: impartial or just bored? The meanings of ‘disinterested’ John Rentoul Voices Jeremy Corbyn's big speech: what he said – and what he really meant John Rentoul Voices Labour knew its 2017 election manifesto was full of holes John Rentoul Long Reads Do we have Obama and Blair to thank for Trump and Brexit? Voices

John McDonnell’s speech: what he said – and what he really meant

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Jeremy Corbyn has shifted significantly towards a new referendum

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Corbynite splits are inevitable at Labour’s inward-looking conference

Voices Top 10 surreptitious political recordings John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: Eeyore, the most misunderstood animal in Hundred Acre Wood John Rentoul Voices Theresa May’s No 10 statement: what she said and what she meant John Rentoul Voices Theresa May in Salzburg: what she said and what she meant John Rentoul UK Politics Corbyn 'faces election disadvantage if policies seen as too extreme' Voices Theresa May’s Salzburg speech could help inch towards a Brexit deal John Rentoul Voices TV election debates are a necessary abomination John Rentoul Voices Vince Cable’s big speech: What he said – and what he really meant John Rentoul

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Voices Support for a centre party is rising, but can it succeed? John Rentoul Voices Elections are biased in Labour’s favour – and may stay that way John Rentoul Voices Top 10 famous schoolmates John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: metaphors for Storm Florence and storms about metaphors John Rentoul Voices

Theresa May’s plans for a no deal Brexit are her best weapon

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A leadership challenge is the last thing the hard Brexiteers want

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Top 10 proposed unions of countries

Voices Vince Cable is the wrong leader – because the voters want change John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: A graduate by any other name John Rentoul Voices Corbyn’s victory in the NEC elections will spell more trouble for him John Rentoul Voices If Frank Field should be deselected, why shouldn’t Jeremy Corbyn? John Rentoul Voices Top 10 mnemonics John Rentoul Voices The Michel Barnier and Dominic Raab show could run and run John Rentoul Voices Mea Culpa: not waiving but waving John Rentoul Voices Donald Trump’s farcical deal with Mexico is a lesson for Brexit John Rentoul

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A no-deal Brexit would be bad – but what if there is a deal after all?

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Top 10 numerical nicknames of politicians

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Mea Culpa: a raft of dead wood phrases floats downriver