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).
11 March 2014 07:23 PM
The prospect of an election 14 months away is having an acetone-like effect on the Coalition, gradually loosening the superglue that binds the two governing parties together. True, Lib Dem Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander, standing in for George Osborne, continued to respond warmly, if robotically, to Tory backbenchers lost in admiration for what ministers call, ad nauseam, “our long term economic plan”.
10 March 2014 11:32 PM
Immigration minister James Brokenshire is not a man racked by self-doubt. But even he might have preferred not to find himself on the Commons front bench so near David Cameron only days after embroiling the PM, his wife, and who yet knows how many of his colleagues in “nannygate”.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The most shocking revelation yet in the Stephen Lawrence saga. Until the next one
06 March 2014 09:04 PM
Perhaps the aptest – and the most chilling – five words uttered by Theresa May in the Commons came towards the end of her statement when she was saying how “deplorable” it was that Stephen Lawrence’s family had to wait 21 years for the truth to emerge about the wilfully botched police investigation into his death.
05 March 2014 08:19 PM
Restricting the West End shopping opportunities of wealthy Muscovites hardly sounds like the way to prise Crimea away from Vladimir Putin’s forces. But when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, Ed Miliband reminded MPs, David Cameron, who was then Opposition leader, declared: “Russia’s elite value their ties to Europe – their shopping and their luxury weekends… Russian armies can’t march into other countries while Russian shoppers carry on marching into Selfridges.”
04 March 2014 07:57 PM
With events moving fast 5,000 miles to the east, events in the Commons inevitably seemed a bit off-Broadway. William Hague was at his most statesmanlike – and he does statesmanlike pretty well – condemning Russia’s “violation” of Ukrainian sovereignty, praising the government in Kiev for not being “provoked” by the “extreme situation” and urging the Russians to join talks in Paris on Wednesday.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Boris Johnson more interested in tunnels and flyovers than being a party leader? If you believe that…
03 March 2014 09:59 PM
No one is likely to accuse Boris of lacking the killer instinct
27 February 2014 08:41 PM
In the comic-strip fantasy “How Dave leapt to freedom in one bound” this is how Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to London goes.
26 February 2014 09:12 PM
It was obviously Speaker Bercow’s day. Not only was there measurably less barracking – or “yobbery and public school twittishness” as he would prefer to call it – at Prime Minister’s Questions, but he was also able to enjoy a pleasurable tribute from his once sworn enemy, Nadine Dorries.
Exclusive: Commons Speaker John Bercow attacks ‘sexist, snobbish, yobbish’ PMQs and says he favours radical reform
18 February 2014 07:45 AM
Commons Speaker John Bercow has written to David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg seeking talks on how Prime Ministers’ Questions (PMQs) can be improved in the wake of mounting concern that its boisterous barracking and partisan exchanges are seriously alienating the public.
17 February 2014 08:26 PM
In a sometimes raucous House of Commons, the Speaker is attempting to give a voice to backbenchers and a clarity to legislation
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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