John Rentoul

John Rentoul


Chief Political Commentator, The Independent; visiting professor, King's College, London. Books: Tony Blair, Prime Minister; Banned List; QTWTAIN; Listellany

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Starmer opens with home office's accidental deletion of police records

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The home office hopes to be able to restore the data: PM

Starmer in QC mode; PM in disbelieving schoolboy mode, which is not his best expression

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Absurd exchange of numbers; Starmer not quite succeeding in presenting PM as failing to ask the Qs he should

Starmer's 5th Q on Priti Patel saying she wanted to close the borders in March; PM responds with "Capt Hindsight"

Starmer repeats the Q; PM flannels about how tough his border policy is now; & how Lab wanted free movement with the EU

Starmer should have started with the borders Q; surprising he didn't mention universal credit (focus groups not interested?)

Odd for the Speaker to repeat the "weather vane" phrase, saying it was taking them to the next Q from Rob Butler, Con

Lot of fun with remote participation today: now @NeilDotObrien  has the phone ringing during his Q #PMQs 

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Greater Manchester to leave the UK without a deal

"It's like saying 'I want to get childbirth done so I can get back to lots of sleep and reading lots of novels':" @helenlewis  on delusion of "Get Brexit Done" #Marr 

Hilarious joke from my “Best for BritainChristmas cracker

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Boris Johnson trying to confuse automatic early release (Labour, 2008) with the end of indeterminate sentences (Con, 2012) #Marr 

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Liam Fox in favour of a customs union from 2012 is still up on his website HT @MarleyAMorris 

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Remain 59%, Leave on govt's deal 41%; "certain to vote" only: Remain 63%, Leave 37% @YouGov  via Peter Kellner

Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti on why he won't take Republican Party ads

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Amazing. More registered Democrats voted Trump (9%) than registered Republicans voted Clinton (7%)

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