John Rentoul, The Independent

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Past articles by John:

Could Lords inflict more humiliation on ministers over Illegal Migration Bill?

How far will peers push their fight with MPs over the ‘Stop the Boats’ bill, asks John Rentoul? → Read More

Rishi Sunak has done everything right – but politics is unfair

The prime minister should be praised to the skies, but instead the voters seem to have given up on him → Read More

Mea Culpa: the hidden treasures of French rioters

Breaches of convention of style and language in last week’s Independent, observed by John Rentoul → Read More

Covid, WhatsApps and Boris: our accident-prone PM can’t catch a break

Rishi Sunak’s authority is tested at every turn by the sins of his predecessors, says John Rentoul → Read More

Tony Blair is right that the NHS needs radical change – he just hasn’t gone far enough

The former PM is advocating for big changes including more private sector involvement – that might not be popular with voters, but politicians need to be brave, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Alan Milburn’s message of ‘health choices for the many not the few’ is still powerful

It is an argument that is rarely heard in politics today – except in brief but striking flashes from Wes Streeting, very much Milburn’s heir as shadow health secretary, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Sajid Javid is right that the NHS needs fundamental change – but wrong on how to go about it

The way to save the health service is to put Wes Streeting in charge of it, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Mea Culpa: appealing music at Glastonbury

Questions of style and language in last week’s Independent, by John Rentoul → Read More

If Sunak falls, beware the rise of Tory Corbynism

Everything we know about the psychology of defeat tells us that the Tories will retreat into recrimination and magical thinking if they lose the election – paving the way for the party’s fringe to make hay while the sun sets on orthodoxy → Read More

Defeat over the Rwanda policy is a disaster for Rishi Sunak

Stop the boats. Halve inflation. Tackle NHS waiting lists. One by one, the prime minister’s promises are going up in smoke, writes John Rentoul → Read More

‘He’s given up’: all-drama Starmer’s wounding smack on slack Sunak rings true

The prime minister used to bounce around at the despatch box like a prize fighter, but there was no fight in him today, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Matt Hancock seeks to humiliate himself in public again

After an astonishing rise, the fall of Matt Hancock from pandemic Health Secretary to floundering reality TV entrant somehow still fails to win sympathy from the British public. Funny that, writes John Rentoul → Read More

‘No complacency’ Keir is right to urge caution – Labour has history snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Labour’s runaway momentum and tantalising 21-point poll lead can fizzle into a crushing election defeat in the blink of an eye, writes John Rentoul, just as it has time and again → Read More

Matt Hancock: The energetic health secretary who was brought down by his own lockdown rules

Profile: The rising star of managerial Conservatism thought he had done a good job during the pandemic, writes John Rentoul → Read More

The crisis in Russia will force Keir Starmer to focus on the responsibility of government

The time has come for some serious thinking about what a Labour cabinet would look like → Read More

Until this week, Rishi Sunak just needed to get lucky. Now he needs a miracle

The inflation gloom on Wednesday, which prompted the interest rate rise on Thursday, marks a turning point on the road to the election, writes John Rentoul → Read More

Who is really in charge of inflation – Rishi Sunak, or the Bank of England?

Why did politicians give up control of interest rates 26 years ago, asks John Rentoul → Read More

Whisper it, but Labour don’t have a plan to fix this Tory mess either

Clunky Keir Starmer spent PMQs trumpeting away at ‘the Tory mortgage penalty’ and moneybags Rishi Sunak, but for all his bluster the would-be PM is noticeably thin on ideas of his own, writes John Rentoul → Read More

The Boris clown show is over – Sunak’s election tightrope act teeters on

Boris Johnson is at last in the rear-view mirror, writes John Rentoul, but even if the inflation target is hit and mortgage misery abates, it may be that Rishi has run out of road and voters will feel it is time for a change → Read More

No, Boris Johnson is not going to come back to politics – as London mayor or anything else

The Daily Mail’s new light essayist has found his level, writes John Rentoul → Read More