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).
12 February 2014 08:45 PM
It was probably not what the great man intended, but suddenly Bob Dylan’s most famous words seemed spookily to the point. “...admit that the waters/Around you have grown And accept it that soon/You’ll be drenched to the bone… Then you better start swimmin’/Or you’ll sink like a stone/For the times they are a-changin’.”
Donald Macintyre's sketch: Normal, slightly boring, but still a threat to Ed Miliband and David Cameron
11 February 2014 08:19 PM
Ukip has unleashed a scary new secret weapon in Greater Manchester: an almost normal-seeming – and even occasionally slightly boring – candidate.
10 February 2014 10:22 PM
Eric Pickles was sad. While he was trying to get on with ordering “sandbank programmes” here, deploying the Army there, critics on the opposition benches were making “silly party political points”, and indulging in a “rather pathetic game of ‘who’s to blame?’”.
06 February 2014 07:43 PM
Eric Pickles has made a valiant effort to do justice to the enormity of the floods. The country had suffered “the wettest January since George III was on the throne,” he insisted. (Since official Met Office records began in 1910, we will have to take his word for it).
05 February 2014 08:43 PM
It’s a new Prime Minister’s Questions concept – the photographic ambush. Parliamentary party management gurus will discuss for years whether Tory whips should have seen it coming, given that the brutal deselection of the likeably gutsy MP Anne McIntosh had prompted a “Do the Conservatives have a problem with women?” media-fest.
04 February 2014 09:04 PM
So a “military officer” as William Hague repeatedly described him – or the “distinguished SAS major” as the ex-military Tory MP Adam Holloway put it more bluntly – did, with Margaret Thatcher’s approval, advise the Indians in February 1984 on how they might end the stand-off at the Golden Temple.
04 February 2014 01:24 AM
He lavishly praised teachers, and also by implication, himself
31 January 2014 07:07 PM
Donald Macintyre follows François and David as they try to mend Anglo-French relations over a half-pint in Oxfordshire
30 January 2014 08:14 PM
For an MP, let alone one with high-calibre experience as a government and business lawyer, Dominic Raab, first leafing busily through his papers, then shifting his position on the bench, seemed weirdly fidgety and nervous. So much so, you wondered if you should call the cops, who after all keep exhorting us: “If you see someone acting suspiciously. Don’t hesitate. Call 999.”
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Governor of the Bank of England takes a paddle in shallows full of killer jellyfish
29 January 2014 09:12 PM
After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks