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).
15 October 2013 09:03 PM
Simon Burns candidly acknowledged that 'the Speaker and I are not the greatest of friends'
14 October 2013 09:13 PM
Esther McVey all but ran to the dispatch box, like a schoolgirl late for class
10 October 2013 08:54 PM
Rarely, if ever, can one of the most mundane words in the English language have been used to such devastating effect. After two hours – at times it seemed like two days – of Sir Brian Leveson’s interrogation, chairman John Whittingdale finally let the select committee’s licensed bovver boy, the BBC-hating, liberal-baiting, Tory MP Philip Davies, off the leash.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Balls steamed up after presenting David Cameron with a perfect birthday gift
09 October 2013 07:18 PM
It all started so amiably. Not only did Ed Miliband wish David Cameron a happy birthday, but both men fell over themselves to congratulate Professor Peter Higgs of boson fame for winning a Nobel Prize. And then, to borrow a term from Prof Higgs’ branch of physics, it all reverted to the Standard Model of PM’s Questions: half-truths, dodgy statistics and old quotes to show your adversary once thought the opposite of what he says now.
08 October 2013 07:12 PM
Nick Clegg’s first words were “I hope you can all hear me”; puzzlingly, since he was speaking through a microphone and there were only a couple of dozen of us in the audience.
At last, Clegg is making the case for Britain in the EU - just the corrective needed to Tory Europhobia
07 October 2013 06:40 PM
But it will be interesting to see where the Deputy PM's speech leaves Labour
Donald Macintyre: Ed Miliband’s stand against the Daily Mail could represent a significant political turning-point
03 October 2013 08:57 PM
He is the first party leader of modern times to confront the popular press
02 October 2013 07:51 PM
Top politicians are brilliant at making old ideas sound as good as new. Ed Miliband’s is One Nation. David Cameron proclaimed – 13 times – that Tory Britain would be a “land of opportunity” as if it hadn’t been deployed by practically every party leader in memory.
01 October 2013 07:22 PM
There were lots of references to ‘my friend the Prime Minister, David Cameron’
29 September 2013 08:07 PM
Daringly, the Conservative conference started with its inspirational highlight, Thatcher: the movie – a nostalgia vehicle which brought the audience to their feet in what may prove the one unequivocally enthusiastic standing ovation of the week. The iconic images included Mrs T be-goggled and all in white in the turret of a Challenger tank: a 20th century Boadicea as played by Isadora Duncan. Or the lady at her shimmering sexiest at a 1976 meeting in Finchley: “I stand before you in my red star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the iron lady of the western world.” By this point you had begun to fear for the pulse rate of older party representatives.
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