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).
17 November 2014 08:18 PM
The venerable Tory Peter Tapsell yesterday congratulated David Cameron – with just a hint of irony – for his “robust” G20 exchange with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, before asking whether the Russian leader might not be more inclined to listen if Britain “re-armed.”
11 November 2014 07:43 PM
“Private faces in public places,” Auden writes, “are wiser and nicer than public faces in private places.” Such a public place was the Cenotaph at 11am on Armistice Day in this Great War centenary year. The focus of Sunday’s ceremony had been on the wreath-laying monarch, prime ministers past and present, ambassadors and generals.
10 November 2014 10:04 PM
To describe the Government as having a rough ride in the Commons on Monday would be a heroic understatement. “A travesty… tainted with chicanery”, said Bill Cash. “Legislative legerdemain… tyranny… an outrageous abuse of parliamentary procedure”, added Jacob Rees-Mogg. And this was just the Tories!
30 October 2014 07:31 PM
Normally when the Prime Minister descends on a workplace, production grinds to a halt. O2, whose huge call centre outside Runcorn was the venue for today’s “Cameron Direct”, is made of sterner stuff.
29 October 2014 07:12 PM
Expected, as Ukip’s first ever elected MP, to inject an electric new current of excitement through the Commons, Douglas Carswell has been a crashing disappointment. Today, for PMQs, he didn’t even show up.
28 October 2014 07:47 PM
As ententes go this was not madly cordiale. True, the Home Affairs committee chairman, Keith Vaz, did his best to make the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, feel at home by thanking her in excruciatingly accented French for coming along to “discuter ce sujet tres important”. In the event, Ms Bouchart must have wondered whether it wasn’t bad enough to have an asylum seeker crisis in your town without crossing the Channel to be told by a bunch of British MPs it was all your fault.
23 October 2014 07:14 PM
Nothing better illustrates the late Congressional Speaker Tip O’Neill’s mantra that “all politics is local” than Transport Questions. To sit through it is to be exposed to a living gazetteer of little-known villages inadequately or unsafely served by rail and road links. “What progress [has the Secretary of State] made...” ran a typical question from the Tory Laurence Robertson, “... in improvements to the A417 and A419 at Nettleton Bottom and Crickley Hill; and [will he] make a statement?
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Marbles and David Cameron putting the boot into John Bercow help to relieve the tedium
22 October 2014 07:56 PM
There was a genuinely startling moment during Prime Minister’s Questions today. And no, it wasn’t the man being bundled out after seemingly flinging marbles at the screen protecting MPs from the public – though goodness knows that helped to relieve the tedium. It was when David Cameron suddenly – if metaphorically – decided to plant his boot on the neck of the Speaker, John Bercow.
22 October 2014 04:26 PM
Mps were protected by screen erected in 2004
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Fiona Woolf keen to establish one thing... five dinners does not an association make
21 October 2014 07:52 PM
The thing about Fiona Woolf is that she’s just an ordinary, common or garden, little old Lord Mayor of London.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness