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

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

The most common objection to a Tory-Ukip pact is that neither David Cameron nor Nigel Farage will touch it. So…

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…

Toby Young: Why do so many people want me to take on Andy Slaughter?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I was at a surprise birthday party for a member of the cabinet last week when a Conservative minister spotted…

Toby Young: I'm thinking of going into politics

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The Hammersmith Conservative Association will shortly be looking for a candidate to run against the sitting Labour MP in 2015…

Sorry, Rayhan Uddin, but your comprehensive didn’t teach you how to think

31 August 2013 9:00 am

An acquaintance of mine called Daisy Christodoulou has just published a book called Seven Myths about Education. It’s a merciless…

Lessons from a friend with a tragic flaw

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Character is destiny, according to Heraclitus, and that becomes increasingly clear as you get older and chart the ups and…

Like my dad, I dream of sports cars. Like him, I'll never buy one

17 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m currently in Cornwall with my family and whenever I spend a lot of time with my children I’m constantly…

The myths of the English countryside

10 August 2013 9:00 am

One of the great things about spending the summer holidays in England is that it gives you an opportunity to…

Britain is now a socialist utopia

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Scarcely a day passes, it seems, without another book landing with a thud on my desk that bemoans the rise…

Royal reporters make it all up - doesn't everyone know that?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Seeing the royal hack pack in full cry on Monday reminded me of the week I spent with the late…

Can I turn the West London Free School into Fame Academy?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Another opening, another show,’ sang five-year-old Charlie on his way to school this morning — and then proceeded to belt…

The saddest discovery of middle age: I can get by without my old friends

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life when a girl I was sitting next to at…