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Sebastian Payne is online editor of The Spectator. He was previously a Data Reporter and blogger at The Daily Telegraph.

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Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014

As Michael Bloomberg approached the end of his time as Mayor of New York, Americans expected him to run for the White House. He had the money, the profile and… Read more

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

7 December 2013
My Week Hugo Rifkind

Robson Press, pp.368, £14.99, ISBN: 9781849545518

‘Nothing’s funny any more’ has become the daily mantra of this magazine’s cartoon editor, Michael Heath. Thanks to Leveson, political correctness, taste and common decency, lampooning public figures in particular… Read more

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Dream machine: test-driving the Aston Martin Rapide S

30 November 2013

The fear began as soon as my bum settled into the leather seat. It rose from my foot to my right hand, which was poised above the start button. This… Read more

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

7 September 2013

Ah, happy memories of the 1990s classroom. The flicker of the CRT screen; the interactive whiteboard; the screeching from the dial-up internet modem; the frantic searching for the Encyclopedia Britannica… Read more

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

When my parents came to choose a secondary school, they were naturally keen to send little Sebastian to the best possible place — regardless of whether it was state or… Read more

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

25 May 2013

Oxfordshire The Westminster pundits have all been obsessing over Andrew Feldman’s alleged ‘swivel-eyed loons’ comment about the Tory party’s grass roots. But what about the ‘loons’ themselves? Few in SW1… Read more

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
To Save Everything, Click Here Evgeny Morozov

Allen Lane, pp.432, £18, ISBN: 9781610391382

Technology may not have taken over the world, but it is making quite good progress in taking over our lives. Thirty years ago, receiving a phone call was the height… Read more

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Geek Gods

30 March 2013

Most children grow up worshipping footballers or pop stars. My idol was Robert X. Cringley — a four-eyed alpha nerd, driving a red 1950s Ford T-Bird with a Macintosh computer… Read more

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The cult horror of The Room

23 February 2013

The Room is an awful film. Plot lines are picked up and forgotten in seconds, stock footage is repeated continuously, actors and names change without explanation, doors are never closed… Read more

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Review: The Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena

1 December 2012

‘How’re you doing in the cheap seats? They’re not that cheap, though, that’s the problem,’ said Mick Jagger as he launched into the first of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary… Read more

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The great British wind scam

24 November 2012

Almost everybody agrees that wind turbines are ugly and inefficient. But you’d think that the government, if it must persist in subsidising renewable energy, would do everything it could to… Read more