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

Do-gooders neglect their children. Just look at my dad – and me

26 July 2014 9:00 am

A few years ago, a family friend described my father as being a bit like Mrs Jellyby in Bleak House,…

Cameron was right to move Gove

19 July 2014 9:00 am

I tried to reach Michael Gove on Tuesday shortly after the news broke that he’d been moved to the Whips’…

If John Bercow were two-and-a-half inches taller, he'd never have been such a big success

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Unlike 99 per cent of my colleagues, I was quite touched by John Bercow’s comment about how fed up he…

Accept it, embrace it: Conservatives aren’t cool

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The Times headline on Tuesday was rather cruel: ‘Stars turn down No. 10 invitation.’ This was a reference to the…

Do people really hate free schools – or do they just hate me?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

This isn’t a headline I was expecting to read: ‘Free schools could be a bigger negative for the Tories than…

It’s time to face down the greatest intellectual threat of our era (oh, and Ed Miliband)

21 June 2014 8:00 am

As you’re reading this, I will still be recovering from the dinner I’m due to attend this week to celebrate…

Yes, I compared Theresa May to an Israeli tank commander. Why is everyone so upset?

14 June 2014 8:00 am

I expect all of us have said something we regret at one time or another, but not everyone does so…

I used to think I was a Nietzschean superman. Now I know I'm just a dad

7 June 2014 9:00 am

In The Wolf of Wall Street, there’s a poignant shot towards the end in which we see an FBI agent…

Michael Gove did not kill Of Mice and Men or To Kill A Mockingbird

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I suppose I should be grateful that the liberal intelligentsia doesn’t bother to check any of the facts if an…

Chasing Pulitzers has ruined American journalists. That’s why they're edited by Brits

24 May 2014 9:00 am

I was interested to read a story by Michael Wolff in USA Today saying that Graydon Carter may be about…

The publicist who's doing her best to keep me off TV

17 May 2014 9:00 am

I went to a meeting at Penguin earlier this week to discuss ‘publicity opportunities’ for my forthcoming book. Chance would…

I love everything about supporting QPR — except watching them play

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I find it hard to pinpoint the exact moment when my support for Queen’s Park Rangers crossed over into full-blown…

The only way to survive as a cyclist is to behave like you're suicidal

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I wonder how many cyclists are killed in London during tube strikes? I had a 10 a.m. meeting in the West…

Yes, Britain is a Christian country

26 April 2014 9:00 am

I can’t say it was a great surprise to read a letter from a group of well-known authors, academics, comedians…

The day I discovered what worry was

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Before I had children I don’t think I appreciated what anxiety was. I’d been anxious at various points in my…

The books I couldn't get written

12 April 2014 9:00 am

There’s nothing quite so burdensome as having a book to write. Maybe it’s not so bad when it’s your first…

Knowing things isn’t ‘20th century’, Justin Webb. It’s the foundation of a successful life

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s scarcely possible to open a newspaper or magazine these days without reading an article about how the latest technological…

Lessons from Tina Brown on the art of failing upwards

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after I started working at Vanity Fair in the mid-1990s, I suggested to my boss Graydon Carter that I…

I was all for press freedom. Then I heard from Gary Lineker...

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It looks as though Hacked Off has finally won its three-year battle for tighter regulation of the press. Why do…

Death brings out everyone’s inner Mary Whitehouse

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after Bob Crow’s death was announced on Tuesday, Nigel Farage sent the following tweet: ‘Sad at the death of…

Sorry, campaining mums – it’s faith that makes faith schools work

8 March 2014 9:00 am

An email popped into my inbox on Tuesday morning urging me to join a ‘fair admissions campaign’ that’s been launched…

What’s happened to Harriet Harman?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Watching Harriet Harman being interviewed by Laura Kuenssberg on Newsnight earlier this week was a strange experience. I felt as…

Playground bullies and the contradiction at the heart of democracy

22 February 2014 9:00 am

A new book by a Swedish psychiatrist has just come out that I like the sound of. It’s called How…

My battle with Michael Gove’s Blob

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Michael Gove has been under fire this week for ‘sacking’ Sally Morgan as chair of Ofsted. You’d think he’d be…