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: Ed Miliband can do anything – even bring peace to the Middle East

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

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.

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his appearance on the BBC current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Even a statesmanlike Ed Miliband has no answer to the West Lothian question

Miliband, in prime ministerial grey tie and white shirt, was emphatic. He was stern

Alex Salmond said he accepted 'the democratic verdict of the people'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Alex Salmond's gone and suddenly the SNP looks a lot less scary

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.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Surely the writing is on the wall for bullying tactics

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.

Labour leader Ed Miliband makes his way through St James Shopping Centre in Edinburgh while on the campaign trail for the Scottish independence referendum

Will Bonny Donny also break away? Ed Miliband's constituency Doncaster 'may actually be owned by Scotland', experts warn Labour

It's the latest reason why a Yes vote could be a headache for Miliband

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers his final independence speech to supporters in Perth

Scottish Independence - the YES camp: Salmond leads his euphoric followers to the promised land

Donald Macintyre in Perth sees the First Minister promise ‘a day Scotland will never forget’

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘Two Brains’ Willetts makes most of a fitting eulogy

It’s probably the nearest a politician gets to a pleasure denied to most of us, that of attending his own funeral.

Yes and No voters mingled happily as John Prescott and Alistair Darling hit Glasgow

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Mum’s the word as leaders duck webchat questions in final debate

No campaigners will hope that “TeaLady17” is part of a trend

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: I feel your pain, Mark Carney (who earns £600,000) tells the TUC

Is there an inner politician under his economist’s skin?

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