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

It's my duty to expose my children to the moral depravity of Acton

1 August 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got a bit fed up with receiving Christmas cards from my friends designed to show…

Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to…

What are we going to do about urban foxes?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Forget about the countryside. When is the government going to do something about the vulpine creatures wreaking havoc in central…

Why I’m proud to be a (sometimes) pushy parent

11 July 2015 9:00 am

I took my three boys for a cycle ride in Richmond Park on Sunday. Under normal circumstances, this would have…

Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on…

In defence of Michael Gove’s grammar guide

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Few things are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar. The very idea…

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on…

Meet the Canadian Ed Miliband

13 June 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been reading Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignatieff’s account of his disastrous foray into politics, in an attempt to understand…

If I were a cultural Marxist, I might be thinking about giving up

6 June 2015 9:00 am

In his Memoirs, Kingsley Amis includes a story about meeting Roald Dahl at a party in the 1970s. Dahl advises…

Nicola Sturgeon protests too much about Alistair Carmichael

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I couldn’t believe it when Nicola Sturgeon called for the resignation of Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish Secretary, over his…

It's hard not to gloat, but I'm trying my hardest

23 May 2015 9:00 am

I was disappointed to hear Andy Burnham on Marr last Sunday declare his opposition to free schools. He put plenty…

Why I still have a deep attachment to the BBC

16 May 2015 9:00 am

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on…

Satire is dying because satirists are too successful

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I appeared on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the age-old question of whether political satire is…

My Brasenose college reunion was great (even if David Cameron didn’t turn up)

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago I returned to my old Oxford college for a ‘gaudy’ — posh, Oxford-speak for a…

Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

The Green party manifesto is even crazier than you’ve heard

18 April 2015 9:00 am

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken…

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

Lefty myths about inequality

4 April 2015 9:00 am

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years?…

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

I’m working to make education fairer. But I’m still not sure what ‘fairer’ means

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Civitas has just published an interesting book called The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools. Edited by Anastasia de…

Could my son Charlie become a Premier League footballer?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

My son Charlie was scouted by QPR last week. I say ‘scouted’, but that’s not quite accurate since he’s only…

My plan for Question Time: mug up and fail anyway

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I was invited on Question Time this week, which gave me a few sleepless nights. Natalie Bennett’s disastrous interview on…

If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Immigration, not money, will improve Scotland's most deprived schools

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I suppose we should be thankful that Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged there’s a problem with Scotland’s public education system, even…