Toby Young

Toby Young is the author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and the co-founder of several free schools. In addition to being an associate editor of the Spectator, he writes a regular blog for the Telegraph

It’s all shootin’, fishin’ and trufflin’ when lads and dads go out to play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this year I wrote a defence of driven shooting and ended by saying I hoped my children would have…

The subtle art of showing off at work

9 December 2017 9:00 am

This has been an interesting year for me. Back in January, I took up a full-time job as director of…

My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

It’s a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

Teach First has turned me into a free speech martyr

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

The tyranny of the bedtime story

28 October 2017 9:00 am

All surveys carried out by retail businesses with a view to generating press coverage should be treated with extreme caution,…

Sadly, true grit can’t be taught

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I am currently wrestling with a dilemma. I have agreed to contribute to a panel discussion on character education at…

I met Weinstein and, yes, I’d heard the rumours

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

Boris, the conviction politician

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

The mystery of socialism’s enduring appeal

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

Do what they do, not what they say

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month, two law professors named Amy Wax and Larry Alexander published a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer praising ‘bourgeois’…

All four of my kids will learn to shoot

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I spent Monday morning being taught how to use a shotgun at E.J. Churchill, a shooting ground in High Wycombe.…

Spare me the encomiums for John le Carré

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Absolute Friends, one of John le Carré’s lesser works, the central character explains his rebirth as a left-wing firebrand,…

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The amount of nonsense being talked about the new GCSEs in English and maths, whereby exams have been graded 9-1…

Hunt-the-iPhone was the highlight of my hols

19 August 2017 9:00 am

For years, Caroline and I have been squabbling over where to spend our summer holidays. Her ideal is a family-friendly…

Don’t like our diversity agenda? You’re fired

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by a Google employee called James Damore criticising the…

Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has just published a report looking at the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16-year-olds…

The day I stopped believing in the friendship myth

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Should we be surprised that friendship isn’t always mutual? That is one of the findings of a team of researchers…

My day as the only Eurosceptic at the finishing school for Europe’s elite

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I was in Paris last week to take part in an EU referendum debate at Sciences Po, a French university…

Meet Leo... my soppy, dopey, affectionate, deadly predator

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Leo, the Hungarian Vizsla my wife brought home unexpectedly last year, is approaching his first birthday and not getting any…

Voting Remain is an act of heartless snobbery

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the interesting features of the Brexit debate is that it has laid bare a schism in British society…

If the Sats-strike parents get their way only the poorer kids will suffer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Tuesday’s protest against Key Stage 1 Sats was moronic on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to…