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).
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.
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01 May 2014 11:56 PM
Everyone was pretty friendly, reluctant, perhaps, to make an enemy of someone heading for the top
30 April 2014 10:48 PM
The row had all but turned into one about the nature of modern capitalism
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