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).
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Marbles and David Cameron putting the boot into John Bercow help to relieve the tedium
22 October 2014 07:56 PM
There was a genuinely startling moment during Prime Minister’s Questions today. And no, it wasn’t the man being bundled out after seemingly flinging marbles at the screen protecting MPs from the public – though goodness knows that helped to relieve the tedium. It was when David Cameron suddenly – if metaphorically – decided to plant his boot on the neck of the Speaker, John Bercow.
22 October 2014 04:26 PM
Mps were protected by screen erected in 2004
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Fiona Woolf keen to establish one thing... five dinners does not an association make
21 October 2014 07:52 PM
The thing about Fiona Woolf is that she’s just an ordinary, common or garden, little old Lord Mayor of London.
21 October 2014 11:11 AM
“As long as there is a Conservative government, the Red Arrows will continue to fly,” he assured an appreciative Commons with a flourish
17 October 2014 06:42 PM
Tam Dalyell warned for years that Westminster’s relationship with Scotland was broken. Now, he tells Donald Macintyre, it is even worse, thanks to some ‘off their rocker’ behaviour by party leaders
16 October 2014 07:36 PM
Once Prime Ministers didn’t much go to by-elections. Five times at Newark alone, David Cameron is already sure to make the Guinness Book of Records as the most persistent by-election campaigning PM in history. But today he set a more startling precedent: campaigning before there was even a candidate!
15 October 2014 07:54 PM
Most people hearing a croaking Ed Miliband gamely explaining that “I am speaking through a sore throat, but I would not have missed this meeting with the Prime Minister for the world” would think: “For goodness sake, why didn’t you call in sick?”
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Gordon Brown beats a path amid Tory threats, Labour evasion and SNP ‘discord’
14 October 2014 08:14 PM
During today’s devolution debate the SNP’s MPs had what passes for a tactic, which was to keep noisily interrupting the speakers from other parties to ask them where their leaders, Cameron, Miliband and Clegg were.
13 October 2014 10:39 PM
In the end, even the tone of the Palestine debate made you think there might indeed be something historic about it.
10 October 2014 12:41 AM
British recognition of Palestine would not itself change a single fact on the ground in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. But it would carry a powerfully symbolic message, which is why Palestinian leaders in Ramallah strongly hope it will happen and the Israeli government is equally concerned that it should not.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
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