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.

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A whole lot of bed swapping going on as David Cameron warns voters

David Cameron was the first to threaten that voters might sleep with one party leader and wake with another. Today, the Tory MP Nigel Adams produced a gruesome, strictly after-the-watershed, variant: “If voters go to bed with Nigel Farage on 7 May, they could wake up not only with [Ed Miliband] but snuggled up next to Alex Salmond.”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The talk of the glen is evensong and a glass of wine

Nobody was actually singing “Oh Danny Boy, The pipes are calling from glen to glen... Tis you must go and I must bide”… There was nevertheless something elegiac about what could be Danny Alexander’s Commons farewell.

Chris Meares , left, the former head of HSBC’s private banking division, and Stuart Gulliver, HSBC’s chief executive, address the committee on Monday

Sketch: Margaret Hodge gets her teeth into former HSBC executives in Public Accounts Committee hearing

'I really do think you should think about resigning and if not, I think the government should  sack you,' Hodge tells BBC chair

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Blokeish Nigel Farage fails to charm the 'ladies'

Nigel Farage tweeted after his appearance on ITV’s Loose Women: “Well, I didn’t do too badly on @loosewomen, did I? It was good fun!”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: If the Mail man won't admit to drug use, should Nick Clegg?

At his drugs policy launch with Sir Richard Branson, Nick Clegg complained that he had had several private expressions of support for decriminalisation from senior figures in what he called “the mainstream parties”.

An Israeli man watches Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the US Congress, on a television in the Israeli city of Netanya

Donald Macintyre's US Sketch: Netanyahu's Congress gamble targets voters back home

There’s a good old Yiddish (and Hebrew) word for what underlay Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress yesterday: chutzpah. He said at the outset, in tones of injured innocence: “I deeply regret that some have perceived my being here as political.”

Donald Macintyre: Nicky Morgan needs to take comedy lessons

Hunt was pressing her on evidence that the Government had failed to close the attainment gap between the richest and poorest pupils

MP Mark Pritchard speaking outside the House of Parliament

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Dracula deserts Shropshire – to MPs' dismay

In one of the more solemn moments of Culture Media and Sport questions, the Tory MP Mark Pritchard complained that a Dracula film was no longer to be made on location in Shropshire as planned but in “another European country”.

David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions

Sketch: Sir Peter Tapsell earns his keep by coming to the PM’s aid

Sir Peter Tapsell is rarely predictable. You never know if the father of the House will be helpful to his leader. But today he was gallantry itself, making Cameron’s case with a robustness that had eluded the PM. If MPs were not allowed a second job, they would soon be “confined to the inheritors of substantial fortunes or to those with rich spouses, or to obsessive crackpots or those who are unemployable anywhere else”.

Britain's Green Party leader Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett, Jenny Jones, Stalin – and a day to forget for the Greens

To underline the much-mentioned “green surge” – “and yes, that’s the hashtag”, announced Greens’ leader Natalie Bennett – the party today displayed the names of many of its 54,500  members – Darius from Horsham; Cordelia from London; Marisa from Glastonbury, etc. This was very much what this campaign launch was about.

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