Sebastian Payne

Sebastian Payne is deputy editor of the Coffee House blog.

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

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Not all the pollsters got it wrong. On the morning of the election, a set of strikingly accurate predictions was…

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

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Unusually for a modern Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson seems to enjoy meeting voters. When I joined her on the campaign…

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

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In Ukip’s Mayfair headquarters there is a copy of Banksy’s monkey with the sign around its neck: ‘Laugh now, but…

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

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Close your eyes and imagine a young Ukip voter. Let me guess: mustard trousers, swivel eyes and foaming mouth, ranting…

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

As Michael Bloomberg approached the end of his time as Mayor of New York, Americans expected him to run for…

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…

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

13 July 2013 9:00 am

When my parents came to choose a secondary school, they were naturally keen to send little Sebastian to the best…