Status anxiety

My children have turned my weight loss into the Stanford prison experiment

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve become obsessed with my BMI. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for body mass index and…

Peter Rabbit ‘allergy bullying’? I’m allergic to all this constant outrage

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I’m often surprised by what people are offended by. Like the makers of Peter Rabbit, the new animated feature from…

In today’s brave new world, fat is a high-tech issue

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I have a confession to make: I’m a yo-yo dieter. For the past ten years, I’ve lost a bit of…

My dislike of Blue Peter made me into the man I am today

3 February 2018 9:00 am

When I tell my children about my own childhood, they often express disbelief about how wretched it was. No Xbox?…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

Why my pet dog Leo had to go

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Readers may recall that the Young family welcomed a new addition to the household about two years ago: a Hungarian…

Kids addicted to their screens? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Over Christmas, Caroline and I finally snapped about the amount of time our children were spending on their screens. If…

The real reason I’m a target for the twitchfork mob

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Shortly after midnight on 1 January my phone began to vibrate repeatedly. Happy New Year messages from absent friends? No,…

It’s all shootin’, fishin’ and trufflin’ when lads and dads go out to play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this year I wrote a defence of driven shooting and ended by saying I hoped my children would have…

The subtle art of showing off at work

9 December 2017 9:00 am

This has been an interesting year for me. Back in January, I took up a full-time job as director of…

My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

It’s a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

Another year, another tax leak – and the usual annual festival of hypocrisy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Stories about members of the establishment using offshore tax shelters — ooh er missus! — come along about once a…

Teach First has turned me into a free speech martyr

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

The tyranny of the bedtime story

28 October 2017 9:00 am

All surveys carried out by retail businesses with a view to generating press coverage should be treated with extreme caution,…

Sadly, true grit can’t be taught

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I am currently wrestling with a dilemma. I have agreed to contribute to a panel discussion on character education at…

I met Weinstein and, yes, I’d heard the rumours

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

Boris, the conviction politician

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative party conference where I can report that Boris Johnson, who has just wowed the…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

The mystery of socialism’s enduring appeal

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

Do what they do, not what they say

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month, two law professors named Amy Wax and Larry Alexander published a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer praising ‘bourgeois’…

All four of my kids will learn to shoot

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I spent Monday morning being taught how to use a shotgun at E.J. Churchill, a shooting ground in High Wycombe.…

Spare me the encomiums for John le Carré

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Absolute Friends, one of John le Carré’s lesser works, the central character explains his rebirth as a left-wing firebrand,…

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The amount of nonsense being talked about the new GCSEs in English and maths, whereby exams have been graded 9-1…