No sacred cows

How to lose more friends and alienate more people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

This used to be the busiest time of the year for me. If you do anything in public life —…

The mind-readers who know we’re all racists inside

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For months I’ve been looking forward to the Guardian’s much-heralded report on racism in Britain, which was unveiled this week.…

Why we’re lying to ourselves over trans rights

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On 21 November, a debate took place in the House of Commons about proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act…

My wife has gone back to work – and I’ve turned into a SADDO

24 November 2018 9:00 am

When I proposed to Caroline back in 2000, she was a trainee solicitor and I was a freelance journalist. In…

Free speech is officially dead in British universities

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I first read about plans for a new academic periodical called The Journal of Controversial Ideas, I got the…

Roger Scruton becomes the latest victim of the Twitchfork mob

10 November 2018 9:00 am

‘Once identified as right-wing you are beyond the pale of argument,’ wrote Sir Roger Scruton. ‘Your views are irrelevant, your…

I like the idea of meritocracy as much as my father hated it

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Last week I spoke at an event at Nottingham University to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Rise of the…

Science is on the side of the trans activists

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Some interesting scientific research on gender differences was published last week. Two social scientists studied the preferences of 80,000 people…

Why are faceless accusations allowed to end men’s careers?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

On 11 October 2017 an anonymous Google spreadsheet began doing the rounds of American newspapers and magazines — a document…

Shouldn’t the police be chasing down theft and assault, not thought crime?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

West Yorkshire Police hit the headlines twice this week. First we learned that the fourth-largest force in England and Wales…

Alexa, who is Toby Young?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My oldest friend Sean Langan came to lunch last Sunday and, rather disappointingly, he seemed more interested in playing with…

Of course the young like socialism – they’re taught to

29 September 2018 9:00 am

It beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn can, with a straight face, announce that capitalism has failed and we’d all be…

It’s as I suspected – my defects can’t be cured

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just finished making a one-hour documentary about character for Radio 4 that’s due to be broadcast on Saturday at…

Dr Toby’s booze advice: the better the wine, the less bad it is for you

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I don’t hold out much hope for Drink Free Days, a new campaign launched by Public Health England and the…

The neo-Marxist takeover of our universities

8 September 2018 9:00 am

According to Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, America’s universities have succumbed to ‘safetyism’, whereby students are protected from anything that…

Why is a BBC executive calling for the removal of middle-aged white men from television?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC Four, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week that no one wants to…

Jamie Oliver’s jerk rice comes with a side serving of insanity

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Labour MP Dawn Butler ‘called out’ Jamie Oliver for ‘appropriation’. His sin, according to the shadow…

Vocational schools are not to be sneered at

18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was 16 I failed all my O-levels, bar a grade C in English Literature, and concluded I wasn’t…

Thanks, Ryanair, for wrecking our holiday

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The Young family’s annual summer holiday could not have got off to a poorer start, thanks to Ryanair. As veteran…

Joining the Twitchfork mob is not the answer

4 August 2018 9:00 am

This summer has seen yet another group of thought criminals being mobbed on social media. Some of them are the…

War and monsters: my new favourite author

28 July 2018 9:00 am

If you’re looking for a good beach read this summer, look no further. A few weeks ago I was reading…

Teen Vogue and the rebirth of Radical Chic

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Are we witnessing the rebirth of Radical Chic? That was the term coined by Tom Wolfe in his 1970 essay…

Video games like Fortnite are fun — so they must be bad

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It was only a matter of time. The headteacher of a primary school in Ilfracombe in Devon has banned ‘Flossing’,…

In the crazy world of identity politics, facts don’t matter

7 July 2018 9:00 am

According to a poll of 538 experts on women’s issues, the United States is one of the ten most dangerous…

The problem with deciding that popular culture is ‘problematic’

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A controversy has erupted in Folkestone over a forthcoming screening of Zulu, the classic British war film. A charity has…