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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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Parting shots leave no room for seasonal goodwill

Is Douglas Carswell having a full-on identity crisis? In an all too rare Commons appearance – two months after being carried shoulder-high from his Clacton by-election triumph as Ukips’s first MP – he asked David Cameron today about the rapidly rising “cost added to energy bills and taxes by green targets”, concluding: “Does My Honourable Friend think that is fair?”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Those who try to repeat history probably didn’t understand it

In one of the great parliamentary moments of the 20th century, the Conservative Leo Amery, appalled by Chamberlain’s dithering over whether to come to the aid of Nazi-invaded Poland, shouted out as Labour’s Arthur Greenwood rose to reply: “Speak for England, Arthur.”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Home Secretary Theresa May emerges unscathed on a day laden with cross-party ironies

Ms May appeared unaware of any evidence of British complicity, which is odd since some British entanglement has been established

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: What's another word for voters?

Ed Miliband declared yesterday: “We must pull together as a society… We cannot do that if deficit reduction is simply on the backs of everyday people.”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Osborne makes sure Clegg’s on message

Last week Nick Clegg snubbed George Osborne’s big day.

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A dog that didn't bark. Or bite. Or give us a story

One good thing about being the US ambassador to London – apart from living in a natty neo-Georgian pile set in 12 acres of Regent’s Park – is knowing you can’t be worse than your most famous predecessor in the past century.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A dog’s breakfast of food banks and porridge oats

One sense in which the unanimous report was 'cross party' was that after it was launched, the parties got rather cross

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A bad way to stamp your mark, Mr Gauke

The young up-and-coming Treasury minister's late arrival for the debate on stamp duty reform left the Commons on tenterhooks

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Anyone would think an election was imminent

Nick Clegg probably doesn’t suffer from the disorder of “maso-sadism”, the term David Cameron startlingly coined while taunting Ed Balls, before confessing that he had meant “masochism”. If it was Clegg’s thing, he would have positively enjoyed squirming at the acute embarrassment of nodding robotically during a speech by a Chancellor he will soon be doing everything he can to disown come the election. Instead he was as far away as it’s possible to be without actually leaving the country: in Penzance.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Danny Alexander’s tower of jargon is a wobbly construct

Bizarrely, Danny Alexander began his big launch by announcing that “infrastructure” is “a long word” that “doesn’t necessarily mean a lot to a lot of people”. He then read out a dictionary definition, like a fifth former stumped for a way to start an essay. It might have been better to translate the jargon littering today’s euphoric event.

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