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.
11 March 2015 08:12 PM
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.”
10 March 2015 07:52 PM
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.
Sketch: Margaret Hodge gets her teeth into former HSBC executives in Public Accounts Committee hearing
09 March 2015 09:36 PM
'I really do think you should think about resigning and if not, I think the government should sack you,' Hodge tells BBC chair
05 March 2015 08:23 PM
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!”
04 March 2015 09:04 PM
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”.
03 March 2015 07:59 PM
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.”
03 March 2015 01:07 AM
Hunt was pressing her on evidence that the Government had failed to close the attainment gap between the richest and poorest pupils
26 February 2015 08:51 PM
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”.
25 February 2015 11:01 PM
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”.
24 February 2015 08:42 PM
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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