Donald Macintyre

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).

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Alex Salmond said he accepted 'the democratic verdict of the people'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Alex Salmond's gone and suddenly the SNP looks a lot less scary

What a long time is a day in Scottish politics. At 6.30am Alex Salmond, a little less bullish than usual, of course, as he accepted “the verdict of the people”, was still managing to make it sound if all that the Yes campaign had achieved – record turn-out, a once unthinkable 45 per cent vote for independence, the vow of devo max – were just as good as mere victory would have been.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Surely the writing is on the wall for bullying tactics

Although he had been chatting to his nationalist counterpart monitoring the polling station in Alexandria, James Smart, a Freddie Mercury tribute singer, was probably one of the lonelier No volunteers in Scotland yesterday.

Labour leader Ed Miliband makes his way through St James Shopping Centre in Edinburgh while on the campaign trail for the Scottish independence referendum

Will Bonny Donny also break away? Ed Miliband's constituency Doncaster 'may actually be owned by Scotland', experts warn Labour

It's the latest reason why a Yes vote could be a headache for Miliband

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers his final independence speech to supporters in Perth

Scottish Independence - the YES camp: Salmond leads his euphoric followers to the promised land

Donald Macintyre in Perth sees the First Minister promise ‘a day Scotland will never forget’

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘Two Brains’ Willetts makes most of a fitting eulogy

It’s probably the nearest a politician gets to a pleasure denied to most of us, that of attending his own funeral.

Yes and No voters mingled happily as John Prescott and Alistair Darling hit Glasgow

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Mum’s the word as leaders duck webchat questions in final debate

No campaigners will hope that “TeaLady17” is part of a trend

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: I feel your pain, Mark Carney (who earns £600,000) tells the TUC

Is there an inner politician under his economist’s skin?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron love-bombs the Welsh (in case they’re next)

Scottish news editors have long commanded reporters to “put a kilt on it” – find a Caledonian angle, in other words, to a story that lacks one it its original form.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: William Hague finds time to mock the week

As William Hague rose to announce next week’s Commons business, was he missing the glamour of the Nato summit? Was he aching to be back as Foreign Secretary, basking in what Wales Online aptly described as a day of “pomp, politics and protests”, followed by a glittering dinner at Cardiff Castle and an obligatory bonding game of golf on Celtic Manor’s fabled Ryder Cup course with – say – the foreign minister of the Kyrgyz Republic?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: All agree to ‘stand firm’ – whatever that means

The Commons isn’t often as hyper-consensual as this.  Ed Miliband and David  Cameron were united over the latest Isis atrocity.

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