Sebastian Payne

Sebastian Payne is deputy editor of the Coffee House blog.

Jim Messina (Photo: Getty)

How did the polls get it so wrong? Jim Messina knows

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Jim Messina, Cameron’s data supremo, explains all

Ruth Davidson Meets Voters And Activists At A Street Stall

Ruth Davidson: on the campaign trail with Scotland’s top Tory

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Scotland’s top Tory is a moderniser’s dream

Stairway to heaven

Seb Payne’s schooldays

14 March 2015 9:00 am

How it all went right, by Sebastian Payne

Illustration by Carla Millar, after Banksy

What Ukip wants: get Farage elected, then prepare for a Labour collapse in the north

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Inside the party’s Mayfair headquarters


A love affair with Leica

20 September 2014 10:40 am

The most enviable of cameras is a hundred years old – but can its digital version capture the same charm?

Michael Heaver and Jack Duffin at Ukip HQ. Photo: Sebastian Payne for The Spectator.

The most shocking thing about young Ukip supporters: they’re normal

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Ukip’s young supporters are oddly normal

(Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty)

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The power to effect real change may lie with dynamic city halls rather than ossified national governments

Peter Brookes depicts the two Eds

Hugo Rifkind's My Week reminds me why it's worth getting up on Saturdays

7 December 2013 9:00 am

‘Nothing’s funny any more’ has become the daily mantra of this magazine’s cartoon editor, Michael Heath. Thanks to Leveson, political…


Dream machine: test-driving the Aston Martin Rapide S

30 November 2013 10:41 am

To get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin will ruin ordinary driving for you for ever


The role of technology is changing in classrooms - and independent schools are leading the way

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Sebastian Payne on the changing role of technology in the classroom

The King's School, Tynemouth - soon to become Kings Priory Academy. Photo: Sebastian Payne for The Spectator

Another good private school wants to join the state system. Why is Labour trying to stop it?

13 July 2013 9:00 am

When a good private school opens its doors to all,  why isn’t Labour celebrating?

David Cameron or his party - which are the real the loons? Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Hunting the home counties for Conservatives’ ‘swivel-eyed loons'

25 May 2013 9:00 am

A day spent in search of the Tory party’s grass roots

Technology has entered every corner of our lives, but is it fundamentally changing human nature? Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

To Save Everything, Click Here, by Evgeny Morozov — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

Technology may not have taken over the world, but it is making quite good progress in taking over our lives.…


Geek Gods

30 March 2013 9:00 am

A technology worshipper goes on a pilgrimage to Silicon Valley


The cult horror of The Room

23 February 2013 9:00 am

The Room is an awful film. Plot lines are picked up and forgotten in seconds, stock footage is repeated continuously,…


Review: The Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena

1 December 2012 9:00 am

‘How’re you doing in the cheap seats? They’re not that cheap, though, that’s the problem,’ said Mick Jagger as he…

General Election - Climate Change

The great British wind scam

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Your taxes are meant to be supporting smaller turbines. In fact, they’re making giant ones less efficient