Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt. As Political Editor and then Chief Political Commentator, he previously covered the John Major and early Tony Blair era. He has written for the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Times and Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Correspondent. He is the author of Mandelson and the Making of New Labour (2000).
23 October 2014 07:14 PM
Nothing better illustrates the late Congressional Speaker Tip O’Neill’s mantra that “all politics is local” than Transport Questions. To sit through it is to be exposed to a living gazetteer of little-known villages inadequately or unsafely served by rail and road links. “What progress [has the Secretary of State] made...” ran a typical question from the Tory Laurence Robertson, “... in improvements to the A417 and A419 at Nettleton Bottom and Crickley Hill; and [will he] make a statement?
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Marbles and David Cameron putting the boot into John Bercow help to relieve the tedium
22 October 2014 07:56 PM
There was a genuinely startling moment during Prime Minister’s Questions today. And no, it wasn’t the man being bundled out after seemingly flinging marbles at the screen protecting MPs from the public – though goodness knows that helped to relieve the tedium. It was when David Cameron suddenly – if metaphorically – decided to plant his boot on the neck of the Speaker, John Bercow.
22 October 2014 04:26 PM
Mps were protected by screen erected in 2004
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Fiona Woolf keen to establish one thing... five dinners does not an association make
21 October 2014 07:52 PM
The thing about Fiona Woolf is that she’s just an ordinary, common or garden, little old Lord Mayor of London.
21 October 2014 11:11 AM
“As long as there is a Conservative government, the Red Arrows will continue to fly,” he assured an appreciative Commons with a flourish
17 October 2014 06:42 PM
Tam Dalyell warned for years that Westminster’s relationship with Scotland was broken. Now, he tells Donald Macintyre, it is even worse, thanks to some ‘off their rocker’ behaviour by party leaders
16 October 2014 07:36 PM
Once Prime Ministers didn’t much go to by-elections. Five times at Newark alone, David Cameron is already sure to make the Guinness Book of Records as the most persistent by-election campaigning PM in history. But today he set a more startling precedent: campaigning before there was even a candidate!
15 October 2014 07:54 PM
Most people hearing a croaking Ed Miliband gamely explaining that “I am speaking through a sore throat, but I would not have missed this meeting with the Prime Minister for the world” would think: “For goodness sake, why didn’t you call in sick?”
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Gordon Brown beats a path amid Tory threats, Labour evasion and SNP ‘discord’
14 October 2014 08:14 PM
During today’s devolution debate the SNP’s MPs had what passes for a tactic, which was to keep noisily interrupting the speakers from other parties to ask them where their leaders, Cameron, Miliband and Clegg were.
13 October 2014 10:39 PM
In the end, even the tone of the Palestine debate made you think there might indeed be something historic about it.
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
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- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader