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.

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Tony's backing is all that Robin really needs

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Six fashionable cliches about new Labour

Flaubert's Dictionary of Received Ideas mocked the thought-free cliches of the high bourgeoisie in 19th century provincial France. A latterday British Flaubert could have an equally high old time with the metropolitan Things They Say about the Blair Labour Party. Before we examine those which have crept into fashionable discourse since the election, let's first remind ourselves about some of those that were common before it.

Defence expenditure: A political battle that the military is sure to win

Not long after the election George Robertson, Secretary for Defence, came to a Cabinet committee meeting and chirpily told his colleagues he had some good news to impart. The German government had now decided to give the Eurofighter project the go-ahead. His announcement failed to have the desired effect on at least one of his colleagues, Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who reacted by rolling his eyes heavenwards, rather as he had done a few days earlier when given the same information by Theo Waigel, the German finance minister.

Tony and Gordon: the continuing saga of a beautiful friendship

Political relationships

Freedom of information gets caught in the spin

Donald MacIntyre not-so-open government

The Lord Chancellor puts the lawyers on trial

In place of legal aid

Cut state aid, free the market: that's Labour

A free-market drive to promote enterprise, increase labour mobility, and reduce state aid will loom large in the agenda for Britain's European Union presidency, to be unveiled today by Gordon Brown. The Treasury's Jobs Action Plan includes confirmation that the national minimum wage might be set lower for young people.

Deceptive Harmony: The Conservative should fear a referendum over Europe

Is the Tory party gradually coming to its senses over Europe? Sir Leon Brittan, vice President of the European Commission and an ardent advocate of advocate EMU claims to thinks so. At a Blackpool fringe meeting yesterday he suggested that the argument was beginning to turn his way. Sir Leon is a notorious optimist. But it's still a case worth examining.

Ashdown ran away from telling the harsh truth

The Liberal Democrats love their leader. There is nothing synthetic about the rapture with which Paddy Ashdown's party received his speech yesterday. The hall was packed. The minute-by-minute applause spontaneous. The party basking in the leader's own flattery of it. Even as he magnanimously distributed compliments to those who ran the election campaign, the faithful sat secure in the unshakeable belief that he is overwhelmingly the party's greatest electoral asset. A few of his younger lieutenants have this week have jockeyed, with absurd optimism, for the benefit of the gallery. But it's in the empty hope of filling a vacancy which for now doesn't remotely exist.
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