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).
21 October 2013 10:05 PM
So soporific were exchanges on the decision to build Hinkley Point C that we were forced to focus on extraneous details to keep awake. Such as the fact that Labour’s spokesperson Caroline Flint was absent because, as her deputy Tom Greatrex explained, she was the victim of a “power failure” on the Doncaster to London line.
17 October 2013 08:45 PM
For the shadow Energy Secretary, the British Gas announcement was a gift-wrapped present
16 October 2013 08:43 PM
Was Cameron not embarrassed to go from ‘hug a husky’ to ‘gas a badger’?
15 October 2013 09:03 PM
Simon Burns candidly acknowledged that 'the Speaker and I are not the greatest of friends'
14 October 2013 09:13 PM
Esther McVey all but ran to the dispatch box, like a schoolgirl late for class
10 October 2013 08:54 PM
Rarely, if ever, can one of the most mundane words in the English language have been used to such devastating effect. After two hours – at times it seemed like two days – of Sir Brian Leveson’s interrogation, chairman John Whittingdale finally let the select committee’s licensed bovver boy, the BBC-hating, liberal-baiting, Tory MP Philip Davies, off the leash.
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Balls steamed up after presenting David Cameron with a perfect birthday gift
09 October 2013 07:18 PM
It all started so amiably. Not only did Ed Miliband wish David Cameron a happy birthday, but both men fell over themselves to congratulate Professor Peter Higgs of boson fame for winning a Nobel Prize. And then, to borrow a term from Prof Higgs’ branch of physics, it all reverted to the Standard Model of PM’s Questions: half-truths, dodgy statistics and old quotes to show your adversary once thought the opposite of what he says now.
08 October 2013 07:12 PM
Nick Clegg’s first words were “I hope you can all hear me”; puzzlingly, since he was speaking through a microphone and there were only a couple of dozen of us in the audience.
At last, Clegg is making the case for Britain in the EU - just the corrective needed to Tory Europhobia
07 October 2013 06:40 PM
But it will be interesting to see where the Deputy PM's speech leaves Labour
Donald Macintyre: Ed Miliband’s stand against the Daily Mail could represent a significant political turning-point
03 October 2013 08:57 PM
He is the first party leader of modern times to confront the popular press
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
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- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Italian pensioner hires an escort who turns out to be his son's girlfriend
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month