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: Hmm. Sajid Javid as Chancellor? Why not?

Everyone was pretty friendly, reluctant, perhaps, to make an enemy of someone heading for the top

Goldman Sachs priced the Royal Mail at £3.30-a-share when it floated last October

Royal Mail sell-off: Sketch - Chinese walls are all Greek to MPs

The row had all but turned into one about the nature of modern capitalism

Campaigners protesting against HS2 outside Parliament yesterday

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Slow-coach tactics keep HS2 a coming down the track

This could be tricky. Time for a trip to Tallinn, one imagines future Chief Whips saying

Autocratic leader: Joseph Stalin in 1950

The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown, book review: No politician wants to be seen as weak, but allowing ultimate power can be damaging

At one point in this persuasive analysis of political leadership, Archie Brown describes how after Khrushchev denounced Stalin in his 1956 "secret speech" he received a letter from an old Bolshevik recollecting a discussion with Stalin 30 years earlier.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron’s ‘magnificent seven things’ to stun the voters

After a week on the rack over Maria Miller David Cameron was finally able to relax with a nice easy task today: launching a campaign for an election on an issue over which his party is irrevocably split and in which it's widely predicted to come third.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘It’s a fair result, Gary, but I feel Ed should have scored’

Big day then, Alan. Talk us through Ed Miliband’s game. Well, Gary, it didn’t really catch fire until Ed’s fourth shot, pointing out that David Cameron had said six days ago that Maria Miller had  “done the right thing’ and that we should ‘leave it at that’–“Does he now recognise that was a terrible error of judgement?”

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Michael D Higgins rises to a mighty historical occasion

Short, even shorter than Speaker John Bercow who introduced him in the Lords’ Royal Gallery, the politician, poet, academic and head of state, Michael D Higgins seemed curiously undaunted by the enormity of the moment as he began to speak in his high, precise voice.

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