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

Don't want paternity leave? Soon, you may not have a choice

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the law changed to enable men to share the leave that women are currently entitled to after…

If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this…

Pity I’m a Celebrity’s token old guys

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I had thought that my days of being approached by reality show producers hoping to put together a cast of…

The man feminists seemed to think was worse than the Taleban

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Feature writers aren’t often acclaimed for their courage, but Neil Lyndon deserves a bronze plaque in St Bride’s. Twenty-two years…

Why schools can't teach character

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I participated in a lively discussion about character education at Policy Exchange earlier this week. For those of you who…

I swam up to a beautiful girl on the beach, and my life changed

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Portugal, where I’m staying with my old friend Sean Langan. His family has owned a farm…

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of…

I nearly missed out on The Walking Dead. You shouldn’t

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I’m ashamed to say it took me a while to watch an episode of The Walking Dead, the fifth season…

You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when Labour get back in

11 October 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been thinking about the Conservative party’s proposal for a Bill of Rights and am finding it difficult to make…

Nigel Farage’s class war

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I initially thought Nigel Farage had made a mistake in unveiling Mark Reckless on the final day of his party…

My hormones are all over the place. It must be the manopause

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Women spend ten days a year in a grumpy mood, according to the Daily Mail. The top triggers include being…

My electrifying 'Führer Kontakt' with Alex Salmond

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It was just after the Tory party conference last year that I met Alex Salmond. Not alone, obviously, but as…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

The lesson of the young men fighting for Isis: evil is in all of us

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I had an interesting discussion with my friend Aidan Hartley earlier this week about whether the young men fighting for…

Not all knowledge is equal

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I first locked horns with Michael Rosen, the former children’s laureate, on Sky News about four years ago. We were…

The self-delusion that makes people go to festivals – me included

23 August 2014 9:00 am

I wouldn’t describe myself as a veteran of the summer festival circuit, but I’ve been to enough to have a…

Mark Simmonds was just saying what a lot of MPs think

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I feel some sympathy for Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP who’s resigned as a minister and is stepping down at…

What’s the point in being married if I can’t feel superior to my single friends?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m due to speak at an Intelligence Squared debate on Saturday and I’m worried that I might be on the…

Want to be a neglectful parent? Come to a festival and learn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall. This is supposed to be a literary and music festival and…

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…