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Sebastian Payne

Sebastian Payne

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It's 9 July and Nigel Farage saunters into the House of Commons...

It’s Tuesday 9 July and our new Parliament is gathering for the first time. Some old faces greet their colleagues after six tough weeks out on the...

06.06.2024 6

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A pact with Nigel Farage would be electoral suicide for the Tories

Is it time to make plans for Nigel? What, if anything, the Conservatives should do about the Reform UK is being debated following Jacob...

17.05.2024 20

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I’m an ardent unionist – but feel forced to defend Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes isn’t someone I’d typically rally to. We might be the same age and both take a great interest in politics. We’re also broadly...

01.05.2024 20

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Sadiq Khan’s attacks on Susan Hall smack of desperation and fear

The tension between Sadiq Khan and Susan Hall has finally erupted into real rancour. As the London mayoral race enters its final, critical week, the...

26.04.2024 20

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Only two names will matter in the May elections

On 2 May only two names will matter. When large swathes of the country go to the polls for this year’s local elections, all eager Westminster eyes...

18.04.2024 4

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We have the answer to ending toxic culture wars

There is almost no debate more tribal, toxic or territorial than around trans issues. Often conducted on social media, through piecemeal posts and...

12.04.2024 5

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Leaving the ECHR is a bloody fight Sunak must be prepared to have

To leave or not to leave? That’s the question Rishi Sunak might soon have to answer when the Rwanda asylum plan returns to the political fore very...

04.04.2024 6

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The Tory attack ads are tone deaf - but we do need tougher policing

It was the phrase that kick-started a presidency. Addressing the nation for the first time as leader, Donald Trump painted a dystopian, dark, sinister...

28.03.2024 9

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Rishi Sunak has no alternative but to Get Rwanda Done

Will we ever stop talking about Rwanda? It’s rapidly coming up to two long years since Boris Johnson announced plans to off-shore processing of...

21.03.2024 7

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Tory fretting over Lee Anderson puts them on a dangerous path

To understand Lee Anderson is to understand where he comes from. Ashfield in the East Midlands fits many of the stereotypes of the “Red Wall” that...

14.03.2024 5

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Cutting taxes won't woo young Tory voters

In the end, Jeremy Hunt had a bad hand and played it the best he could. Despite loading up with £10bn of tax cuts and some measures to boost growth,...

07.03.2024 7

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What should be in the Budget (and what should Jeremy Hunt avoid)

It’s Budget time once more, but how much does next week’s really matter? Is this the tentative pre-election fiscal event to merely set out the...

29.02.2024 10

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Mob politics is putting our democracy in peril

What a mess. The parliamentary shenanigans of Wednesday evening’s Israel-Gaza ceasefire vote may prove to be the downfall of Commons Speaker Sir...

22.02.2024 6

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How to make the Tories popular

“There’s no easy popularity in what we are proposing but it is fundamentally sound, I believe people accept there’s no real alternative.” So...

08.02.2024 5

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Mike Freer is merely another victim of the rage age

Elmo might just be the most astute political analyst of our times. When the Sesame Street star took to social media this week to ask how everyone...

01.02.2024 9

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The immigration debate we have all forgotten

After all that, it was not even a dozen. After months of darkening threats, both quiet and loud, Conservative MPs unhappy about the Safety of Rwanda...

18.01.2024 2

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Chris Skidmore is deeply wrongheaded about the Tories’ climate record

The by-election bandwagon rolls again. The writ for Kingswood has been moved on Wednesday and another £200,000 or so will be spent electing an MP who...

11.01.2024 4

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The Post Office scandal exposes a second injustice - Westminster is failing us

For once, Sir Keir Starmer’s righteous indignation was correct. “You’re right to be anti-Westminster,” he fumed at an aeroplane factory this...

04.01.2024 4

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Rishi Sunak should cut income tax if he wants millennial votes

“It is a radical vision but it is also a realistic one,” so said Rishi Sunak two summers ago. Many want to forget the leadership wars of that...

28.12.2023 4

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Labour's £28bn problem

What’s going to be the most important number in British politics next year? Three hundred and twenty-six? – the number of seats for a...

21.12.2023 7

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Rwanda bill is not the new Brexit

Harold Wilson was fixated on political plotting and intrigue. He spent much of the 1970s in a paranoid state about a notional secret cabal within the...

14.12.2023 6

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Free speech 'protectors' have allowed antisemitism to thrive

Larry Summers is no tubthumping right-winger. The former president of Harvard University has long-standing links to progressive American politics –...

08.12.2023 10

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