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).
28 November 2014 07:09 PM
At this rate, the PM will soon be babbling about a ‘third way’
27 November 2014 08:59 PM
It was all in the final flourish of Alistair Carmichael’s statement. We could, he said, achieve “home rule all round”. The phrase is venerable, coined by 19th-century Liberals and nationalists who wanted federal Britain to make Irish and Scottish home rule acceptable to the rest of the United Kingdom.
26 November 2014 08:16 PM
There was Mondeo Man and Worcester Woman. But now the battle for White Van Man has been truly joined. This was Stratford-upon-Avon Tory Nadhim Zahawi’s big moment and he seized it joyfully.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘The Mekon’ Dominic Cummings thinks Dan Dare tactics would knock the Civil Service into shape
25 November 2014 07:53 PM
Contrasting the extraordinary effectiveness of the airline industry with what he sees as the chronic record of failure in Whitehall, Dominic Cummings has painted a striking picture of the sort of accountability culture he would like to see imposed on civil servants.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Enough frivolity, Theresa May comes out dancing with another contender pitch
24 November 2014 07:56 PM
Sketch: This was mainly a new version of the speech which she gave so successfully at the Tory conference
19 November 2014 07:25 PM
Class war is back in British politics! Or rather Klass war. Though sadly not present, Myleene Klass, who self-effacingly describes herself on her website as “classical musician, TV presenter, author, fashion designer, businesswoman and mother” was very much the star of Prime Minister’s Questions.
18 November 2014 07:25 PM
There are times, watching Nick Clegg taking Commons questions, when you can’t help wondering whether he might have been better off insisting on a great office of state rather than the grand but more nebulous job he has. “I thank the Deputy Prime Minister for his interest in Wiltshire and Swindon’s local growth deal,” declaimed Duncan Hames, adding for good measure: “He will have seen our second round bid for the digital Corsham project.”
17 November 2014 08:18 PM
The venerable Tory Peter Tapsell yesterday congratulated David Cameron – with just a hint of irony – for his “robust” G20 exchange with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, before asking whether the Russian leader might not be more inclined to listen if Britain “re-armed.”
11 November 2014 07:43 PM
“Private faces in public places,” Auden writes, “are wiser and nicer than public faces in private places.” Such a public place was the Cenotaph at 11am on Armistice Day in this Great War centenary year. The focus of Sunday’s ceremony had been on the wreath-laying monarch, prime ministers past and present, ambassadors and generals.
10 November 2014 10:04 PM
To describe the Government as having a rough ride in the Commons on Monday would be a heroic understatement. “A travesty… tainted with chicanery”, said Bill Cash. “Legislative legerdemain… tyranny… an outrageous abuse of parliamentary procedure”, added Jacob Rees-Mogg. And this was just the Tories!
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell’s reputation in tatters as judge rules he used the word ‘pleb’
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