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

Who speaks up for poor white boys when it comes to their education?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron can be a frustrating figure at times. He wrote an article for the Sunday Times this week in…

The Oscars surrender to the golden age of protest

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Are we living in a golden age of protest? A bunch of aggrieved citizens only has to raise a murmur…

Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left are wilfully blind to the evils of Islamist Nazis

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Many people watching Jeremy Corbyn’s interview on Marr last Sunday will have been shocked by his remarks about the need…

Tell the truth about benefit claimants and the left shuts you down

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Next month sees the release of Trumbo, a biopic about Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood…

The left’s own war on science

9 January 2016 9:00 am

How much longer can the liberal left survive in the face of growing scientific evidence that many of its core…

The plot to save Goldsmith’s Close Allotments

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since turning 50 I have become a gardening enthusiast. It started with tomatoes, then spread to raspberries and last year…

Tis the season for disagreeing with your spouse about everything

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The older I get, the more Scrooge-like I become. I’m dyspeptic, misanthropic, curmudgeonly, parsimonious and unsentimental. Caroline, by contrast, is…

Labour’s failure and Lady Colin Campbell’s popularity point to one thing: the politics of envy has failed

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Last week I put £25 on Lady C to win I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. At 25/1,…

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg at the premiere of 'Bridge of Spies'(Photo: Getty)

Fight terror the Indiana Jones way, not the Bridge of Spies way

28 November 2015 9:00 am

I wonder if Steven Spielberg is having second thoughts about Bridge of Spies in light of the attack on Paris?…

Is this the beginning of the end of liberal democracy?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

As a graduate student in the Harvard Department of Government in the late 1980s, I became slightly jaded about the…

Meet Leo, the youngest member of our household

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I’m pleased to announce an addition to the Young household — a ten-week-old Vizsla. For those unfamiliar with this particular breed…

Nature beats nurture nearly every time

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the findings of behavioural geneticists and their implications for education policy. For instance,…

Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…

How I’d make a success of a nude-free Playboy

17 October 2015 8:00 am

I can’t say that I’m surprised Playboy has decided to stop publishing pictures of naked women. On the contrary, I…

What I learnt trying to buy lunch for an anti-Tory protestor

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The mood at the Conservative party conference this week was a little subdued, and no wonder. As those who watched…

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Steve Jobs was a genius, but was he a monster too?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Last week I went to a screening of Steve Jobs, the new biopic about the co-founder of Apple directed by…

Rail nationalisation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stupid flagship policy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amid all the excitement about David Cameron this week, I fear that Jeremy Corbyn’s first major policy announcement may have…

My obsession with litter is bordering on mental illness

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s no good. I’ve tried to resist it, but I’ve succumbed. I’m now a full-blown litter Nazi. Whenever I leave…

Let the poor have designer babies on the NHS

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for Quadrant, an Australian periodical, in which I propose a controversial solution to the problem…

My wife and I have become Mr and Mrs Twit

5 September 2015 9:00 am

This is a cautionary tale for any young couples out there thinking of tying the knot. Be wary of what…

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Once again, the French are relying on Americans and Brits to protect them from murderous fascists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Frenchman. Last week’s dramatic incident on board a Paris-bound train, in which a…

It's fun at France's answer to Butlins – but there's a catch

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m currently at a French campsite in the Languedoc, having been persuaded by my wife that it would be a…

If the bombing of Hiroshima was a moral obscenity, blame Emperor Hirohito

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has produced some predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth about the horrors of…

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are…