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).
17 December 2014 07:43 PM
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?”
16 December 2014 11:14 PM
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
16 December 2014 12:08 AM
Ms May appeared unaware of any evidence of British complicity, which is odd since some British entanglement has been established
12 December 2014 01:30 AM
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.”
10 December 2014 07:47 PM
Last week Nick Clegg snubbed George Osborne’s big day.
09 December 2014 07:12 PM
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.
08 December 2014 10:17 PM
One sense in which the unanimous report was 'cross party' was that after it was launched, the parties got rather cross
04 December 2014 07:53 PM
The young up-and-coming Treasury minister's late arrival for the debate on stamp duty reform left the Commons on tenterhooks
03 December 2014 08:00 PM
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.
02 December 2014 08:44 PM
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.
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
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Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more