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John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow 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.

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Tony Blair: a correction

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Thursday, 21 May 2009 at 01:36 pm
Pathetic attempt to drag Tony Blair into the expenses furore backfires in The Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications:
 

In a report, Scandal sounds wake-up call to all politicians, we said that Tony Blair had used his allowance to remortgage his constituency home for £296,000 in 2003. Tony Blair's office has asked us to make clear that when he remortgaged his home in 2003 he did not increase his claim for mortgage interest under the Additional Costs Allowance, although the rules would have permitted him to do so. There was no public cost arising from his decision to remortgage (11 May, page 4).
 

And some people had the gall to accuse the former Prime Minister of lying.

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with a 100 billion Trident donation
cronyblatcher wrote:
Thursday, 21 May 2009 at 08:28 pm (UTC)
to the personal pension fund he didn't have to bother. With Mr and Mrs (£750 per hour to fught for third world village society's right to force female children to wear tents in British schools) WonderTone's well known luv of wealth, if the above is the best propagandists can come with...
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