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Recent articles by John:

Keir Starmer’s ‘five missions’ speech: what he said – and what he really meant

Our chief political commentator analyses the algorithms that produced the Labour leader’s speech in Manchester → Read More

Davos: elitist, out of touch, pro-capitalist – just the right image for Labour

Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves flew to the ski resort chatfest in search of respectability, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Has the Conservative Party lost the will to win?

Sometimes parties in power simply give up, as was the case in 1931, 1992 and 2010, writes John Rentoul → Read More

We’ve now had a depressing preview of the next election

Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak traded dismal slogans at Prime Minister’s Questions, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Talk of a ‘white list’ takes us back to the 90s – and it didn’t work then either

The policy was pursued by Blair’s government – and dropped because it was unlawful, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Do opinion polls really show the British people want to rejoin the EU?

This new poll suggests that the real support for rejoining is much lower than the headline figures, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Has the Conservative Party decided it wants to lose the next election?

Rishi Sunak could succeed – but too many in his party, including two former PMs, don’t want him to → Read More

Jeremy Hunt’s promise to remove barriers to EU trade was a big moment

The chancellor said something highly significant in one of his interviews after the autumn statement, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Rishi Sunak has a chance to prove himself in this week’s mini-Budget

The new prime minister and his chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, face their first big test on Thursday. John Rentoul examines what might happen → Read More

Rishi Sunak keeps making mistakes, but he gets the big things right

Conservative MPs were right to put Sunak in No 10: all politicians make mistakes, but this one will save more of their seats than Johnson would have done → Read More

The Top 10 politicians’ doctorates

Is there a doctor in the House? Quite a few, actually → Read More

Liz Truss is a warning to us all about the danger of overconfidence

The instant histories are already being written that seek to explain the collapse of her premiership after just 49 days, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Rishi Sunak proves he is the right choice for Tory MPs worried about their seats

Keir Starmer had all the advantages at Prime Minister’s Questions, but his new opponent fought back, writes John Rentoul → Read More

The return of Suella Braverman is Rishi Sunak’s first mistake

It looks as if he put the politics of a secret deal for the support of a tiny block of ideological MPs above the needs of the country, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Rishi Sunak’s speech in Downing Street: What he said – and what he really meant

Our chief political commentator tries to read between the lines of the new prime minister’s words → Read More

Rishi Sunak as PM is the most shocking reversal of fortune in recent British politics

It had seemed that his political career was over, only seven years after it began → Read More

Boris Johnson bottles it – again – clearing the way for Rishi Sunak

Do not fall for the former prime minister’s self-serving spin → Read More

The Top 10 evil computers

Were they bad or just carelessly programmed? → Read More

Who will be Liz Truss’s successor? Let us get Ready for Rishi

Sunak remains the best-qualified candidate, and his warnings against the party choosing Truss turned out to be hopelessly polite and understated → Read More

What are the likely terms of the deal to replace Liz Truss?

Sir Graham Brady says a new prime minister will be in place before 31 October, writes John Rentoul → Read More