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).
11 June 2014 08:03 PM
Since last year’s Cornish holiday snaps, David Cameron’s sunburned form in a state of partial undress has exercised a powerful grip on the popular imagination. So much so that today Labour’s Pamela Nash announced that she “might have nightmares this evening about the Prime Minister modelling Speedos on his world tour”.
05 June 2014 08:55 PM
While the Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey was opening the Queen’s Speech debate, the Labour MP Gisela Stuart gleefully rose to point out that the Liberal Democrat backbenches were empty. “My Honourable Friends may be in Newark,” Davey said vaguely.
04 June 2014 08:40 PM
It’s unsurprising that the Queen didn’t miss a beat when a page boy fainted during her Speech.
03 June 2014 08:38 PM
His comments on rape provoked fierce criticism - but do supporters of his party care?
28 May 2014 08:36 PM
Unsurprisingly perhaps – in view of the tragi-comic opera unfolding hourly at the dissident end of the Lib Dem spectrum – Nick Clegg seemed rather chipper on Wednesday for a leader who had just seen his party all but wiped out.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nigel Farage makes hay while the goldfish cling to the comfort blanket... and other mixed similes
26 May 2014 09:10 PM
Never mind how historic an electoral breakthrough this is. Nigel Farage is way ahead in the phrase-making stakes.
21 May 2014 08:43 PM
Just once in Newark’s Market Square today a woman said to Boris Johnson: “Can I shake your hand? You’re the only one who’s got any sense.” Johnson’s reaction – understandably, given that the Prime Minister was only a few yards away – was to mumble affably, if unconvincingly, “No, no, no,” as she accomplished her mission.
20 May 2014 08:57 PM
It remains to be seen whether Winston McKenzie’s description of Croydon – “unsafe” and “a dump” were only part of it – will win him votes as a Ukip candidate in the council elections. In Croydon. But no doubt he needed such terms to explain the unscheduled non-appearance of Nigel Farage at what had been billed as a “carnival rally” in the precincts of the Whitgift shopping centre.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Humble eels provide lesson in persistence as Zac Goldsmith helps unload 10,000 eels into the Thames
19 May 2014 07:32 PM
“I don’t mind eels,” wrote the American poet Ogden Nash, “except as meals/and the way they feels.” The Tory MP Zac Goldsmith is made of sterner stuff.
14 May 2014 07:39 PM
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27