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

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…

What The Bridge tells us about Scandinavian social democracy – and why it’s not all good news.

1 February 2014 9:00 am

This Saturday night I’ll be staying in to watch the final two episodes of The Bridge, the Scandinavian detective series…

Britain's upper class is now too snobbish to speak its name

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Last week, YouGov conducted a poll in which people were asked to judge how middle class the party leaders are.…

Want to create the next Mark Zuckerberg? Teach Latin!

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I was disappointed to read an article in the Times about a new free school in Hammersmith being proposed by…

Toby Young: Why I'm giving up drinking. And chocolate. And ice cream...

11 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve gone completely overboard with New Year’s Resolutions this year. I’ve sworn off three illicit substances — alcohol, chocolate and…

Toby Young: Join my campaign to save the country

4 January 2014 9:00 am

This is going to be the year I do my Flash Gordon routine and launch a campaign to save the…

Toby Young: The surprising lesson of my old friends - middle age makes you nicer

14 December 2013 9:00 am

When I first suggested to my closest male friends that we have a boys’ Christmas lunch, it didn’t occur to…

Toby Young: Nobody appreciates you sending Christmas cards of your children's 'art'

7 December 2013 9:00 am

I’ve just had a massive row with Caroline about Christmas cards. We usually send about 120 and this year we’ve…

Toby Young: Why I'm not going to be an MP

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Damn and blast. I was quite keen on becoming the Conservative candidate for Hammersmith, but the timing isn’t going to…

My life as a litter monitor

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The think tank Policy Exchange has just published an excellent report on Britain’s urban green spaces called ‘Park Land’. The…

Toby Young: Tristram Hunt, the Spectator's 'Newcomer of the Year'?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

I love The Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. On the face of it, they’re a great advertisement for just…

Fighting dirty

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Why is local politics so much dirtier than national politics? Is it because the players are fighting over relatively trivial…

Toby Young: Please, Boris, don't allow a Waitrose in my neighbourhood

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Five years ago I joined forces with some local worthies to object to the opening of a strip joint on…

Toby Young: It's biological, I become a caveman when my child is sick

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The first sign that something was wrong with Ludo was when he complained of a tummy ache. This was after…

Toby Young: Am I in denial about turning 50?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

By the time you read this I’ll be 50. A couple of years ago, when President Obama passed this milestone,…

Toby Young: I'm too posh for the Tories. I should try Labour

12 October 2013 9:00 am

I’m still weighing up whether to run for Parliament, but after this week’s reshuffle I’ve concluded I’m in the wrong…

Miliband's fight with the Mail is cold political calculation

5 October 2013 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference in Manchester, but it’s Ed Miliband I want to discuss. In particular,…

Unite the right! Email Toby Young at conukip@gmail.com

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Whatever the leaders think, we can create a Tory-Ukip pact from the bottom up

The great zebrafish massacre

28 September 2013 9:00 am

I should never have agreed to buy Sasha fish for her tenth birthday. But it seemed like such a modest…

Why I want my schools to ban the burka (and the miniskirt)

21 September 2013 9:00 am

For most people, the question of whether to ban the burka is a purely theoretical one. Not for me. As…