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. 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).

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Red Bull cans and KFC handwipes - insights into Britain's litter grip MPs

Whether David Sedaris’s call for litter louts to be systematically reduced to a state of “abject paranoia” will feature in the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee report on the subject, is doubtful. But it was improbably cool of the MPs to invite him as a witness. 

The Tory party's “Cost Analysis of Labour Party Policy” took place at SW1's Altitude event space

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Don’t vote Labour, they’ll put street lights back on!

Sketch: When it was pointed out that the 'special event' resembled a leadership hustings, Theresa May shook her head with an oddly knowing smile

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: It’s not easy being green if you’re Ed Davey

When Labour’s Kevin Brennan asked Ed Davey his “position” on fracking after New York State’s ban on it, the Energy Secretary said portentously he was sure the MP “would like every government to follow everything that New York State does, but we are an independent country and we make our own decisions”.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Parting shots leave no room for seasonal goodwill

Is Douglas Carswell having a full-on identity crisis? In an all too rare Commons appearance – two months after being carried shoulder-high from his Clacton by-election triumph as Ukips’s first MP – he asked David Cameron today about the rapidly rising “cost added to energy bills and taxes by green targets”, concluding: “Does My Honourable Friend think that is fair?”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Those who try to repeat history probably didn’t understand it

In one of the great parliamentary moments of the 20th century, the Conservative Leo Amery, appalled by Chamberlain’s dithering over whether to come to the aid of Nazi-invaded Poland, shouted out as Labour’s Arthur Greenwood rose to reply: “Speak for England, Arthur.”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Home Secretary Theresa May emerges unscathed on a day laden with cross-party ironies

Ms May appeared unaware of any evidence of British complicity, which is odd since some British entanglement has been established

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: What's another word for voters?

Ed Miliband declared yesterday: “We must pull together as a society… We cannot do that if deficit reduction is simply on the backs of everyday people.”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Osborne makes sure Clegg’s on message

Last week Nick Clegg snubbed George Osborne’s big day.

Matthew Barzun, United States ambassador to the United Kingdom

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A dog that didn't bark. Or bite. Or give us a story

One good thing about being the US ambassador to London – apart from living in a natty neo-Georgian pile set in 12 acres of Regent’s Park – is knowing you can’t be worse than your most famous predecessor in the past century.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A dog’s breakfast of food banks and porridge oats

One sense in which the unanimous report was 'cross party' was that after it was launched, the parties got rather cross

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