Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne )

Sebastian Payne

Bio @FinancialTimes Whitehall correspondent, podcaster and columnist. Driver of Minis around Britain. Instagram also @sebastianepayne. Views not always pink.
Location London via Gateshead
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iPhone : London is walking again. As the lockdown easing begins, the capital’s residents are primarily moving around with the safest, cheapest and easiest mode of transport. Surprisingly few masks, especially among younger people.

iPhone : I have tried to answer the question that people have been asking all week: Why is Dominic Cummings so valuable to Boris? Many mistakenly think it's because Boris has no interest in policy and he needs Dom for vision. It's a little more nuanced than that…

iPhone : UK drawing up a new China policy as a matter of urgency. One of those heavily involved in it, tells me the aim is to get this country ‘off the trajectory of ever-increasing dependence’ on China…

iPhone : Picnicking in park with my good mate Rhiannon Williams. Thanks to the glorious spring weather, socialising one-to-one again is a joy. Londoners are flocking back to their green spaces, which are about to get even busier as summer arrives.

Twitter Web App : This is smart political positioning from Sajid Javid: highly critical of Dominic Cummings (they have history) but doesn't quite call for him to be sacked.

Just in case there's ever a big vacancy in the future...…

TweetDeck : Johnson wheels out the fake news attack again: "A lot of what was written over Saturday and Sunday about my advisor was false”

But the central allegation that Cummings broke the lockdown (visiting Barnard Castle) is true and no one has apologised for it.

TweetDeck : Johnson says we need to move on the Cummings row:

"What we really need to do is move on and get onto how we’re going to sort out coronavirus - the overwhelming priority of the people of this country.”

The opinion polls say otherwise.

TweetDeck : Johnson says Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, won’t be conducted an inquiry into Dominic Cummings:

"Quite frankly I'm not certain right that now an inquiry into that matter is a very good use of official time."