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).
23 September 2014 09:29 PM
Here’s the thing, friends. Some people think of Ed Miliband as an ivory-tower intellectual, stuck up there in Dartmouth Park; nice guy, but lacking the common touch. Surrounded by wonks. Not a man of the people.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Party’s politburo presents Iron Balls, deficit slasher and self-flagellator
23 September 2014 12:00 AM
Maybe it’s the vast hangar-like auditorium that is Manchester Central Hall Two. Or the weirdly isolated politburo-style desk on the stage where the Leading Party Figures sit. But something about the Labour conference these days irresistibly recalls a Chinese Communist Party People’s Congress.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Even a statesmanlike Ed Miliband has no answer to the West Lothian question
21 September 2014 06:57 PM
Miliband, in prime ministerial grey tie and white shirt, was emphatic. He was stern
19 September 2014 06:57 PM
What a long time is a day in Scottish politics. At 6.30am Alex Salmond, a little less bullish than usual, of course, as he accepted “the verdict of the people”, was still managing to make it sound if all that the Yes campaign had achieved – record turn-out, a once unthinkable 45 per cent vote for independence, the vow of devo max – were just as good as mere victory would have been.
18 September 2014 10:00 PM
Although he had been chatting to his nationalist counterpart monitoring the polling station in Alexandria, James Smart, a Freddie Mercury tribute singer, was probably one of the lonelier No volunteers in Scotland yesterday.
Will Bonny Donny also break away? Ed Miliband's constituency Doncaster 'may actually be owned by Scotland', experts warn Labour
18 September 2014 01:32 PM
It's the latest reason why a Yes vote could be a headache for Miliband
17 September 2014 09:52 PM
Donald Macintyre in Perth sees the First Minister promise ‘a day Scotland will never forget’
11 September 2014 07:58 PM
It’s probably the nearest a politician gets to a pleasure denied to most of us, that of attending his own funeral.
10 September 2014 09:49 PM
No campaigners will hope that “TeaLady17” is part of a trend
10 September 2014 12:01 AM
Is there an inner politician under his economist’s skin?
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