Toby Young

Toby Young is the co-author of What Every Parent Needs to Know and the co-founder of several free schools. In addition to being an associate editor of The Spectator, he is an associate editor of Quillette. Follow him on Twitter @toadmeister

Will my kitchen be designated a ‘safe space’?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

As the father of four children who will be entering higher education in the next few years, I’m worried that…

Why country house opera is just the ticket

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Last Saturday I went to the opera for only the second time in my life. This was at the invitation…

My wine-fuelled mini break

11 June 2022 9:00 am

For Christmas Caroline bought me a ‘Deluxe GiftExperience’ at Chapel Down, the UK’s leading winery. I say ‘me’, but it…

My approach to wine? Wishful drinking

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I fancy myself as a bit of an oenophile and during the lockdowns, when my local branch of Majestic was…

Beware the wrath of middle-class homeowners

28 May 2022 9:00 am

‘Apocalyptic’ food shortages, gas and electricity bills soaring, wages not keeping pace with inflation… it’s beginning to look like we’re…

The courage of Katharine Birbalsingh

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Five years ago, I put my friend Nell Butler in touch with Katharine Birbalsingh, Britain’s most outspoken headmistress. I was…

How not to understand the Brexit referendum

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Simon Kuper’s Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK is a wonderful compendium of anecdotes…

A bonfire of the quangos should start with the College of Policing

7 May 2022 9:00 am

I welcome Jacob Rees-Mogg’s recent announcement that he intends to reignite David Cameron’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’ in his capacity…

There’s no one better than Boris

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a column for this magazine saying I regretted having been such a Boris enthusiast for…

The tragedy of being a QPR fan

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Normal families spend the Easter holidays by the seaside or in the Mediterranean. But not the Youngs. My three boys…

Is this Premier Inn all I’ll be remembered for?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

It’s fairly commonplace for people to wonder what, if anything, they’ll be remembered for. I’m going to be 59 later…

The most disadvantaged group in Britain? White working-class men

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I’m not sure what to think about the BBC’s announcement that it wants a quarter of its staff to be…

Are cancel-culture activists aware of their sinister bedfellows?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Is there a woke case to be made for freedom of expression? Jacob Mchangama certainly seems to think so. This…

My £50-a-week chocolate habit

2 April 2022 9:00 am

As I’ve got older my tastes have generally become less refined. During my youth I dutifully slogged through Kafka, Camus…

How to save the Oscars

26 March 2022 9:00 am

This Sunday’s Academy Awards will be a litmus test of whether Hollywood can uncouple itself from the political agenda of…

My football analogy for the free speech debate

19 March 2022 9:00 am

By the time you read this the new draft of the Online Safety Bill should be on the DCMS website.…

What really happened when my wife left me in charge

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m currently standing at the top of Brownie Point Mountain, having spent the past two weeks looking after our three…

Nuclear war, magic mushrooms and a teenage trip I’ll never forget

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin’s decision on Sunday to put his ‘deterrence forces’ – code for nuclear weapons – in a high state…

Mexico is no country for journalists

26 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m writing this on my last day in Mexico City, having accompanied my 18-year-old daughter here for the first week…

When does ‘middle age’ end and ‘old age’ begin?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

I was a bit irritated by all the millennials saying the Superbowl half-time show made them feel old. The 15-minute…

The day Boris tried to bribe me

12 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s not every day that a future prime minister offers you a bribe, but that’s what happened to me 38…

Why don't I come with a trigger warning?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Last week brought the news that some universities have attached more ‘trigger warnings’ to certain books, concerned that students may…

Why Neil Young’s Spotify boycott is a mistake

29 January 2022 9:30 pm

When Neil Young issued his threat to Spotify – get rid of Joe Rogan’s podcast or remove my music from…

The Highway Code to hell

29 January 2022 9:00 am

I did a speed awareness course on Monday. For the uninitiated, you have the option of doing one of these…

I got Covid (again) – is it time I got jabbed?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I got Covid a couple of weeks ago. Second time for me, which was annoying because I’d told Caroline that…