No sacred cows

Why I’m optimistic about multiculturalism

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Many of my conservative friends are beginning to catastrophise about the future of Britain in light of the pro-Palestinian protests…

The conversion therapy bill is a thoroughly bad idea

4 November 2023 9:00 am

I was disappointed to learn that Rishi Sunak has reconsidered his opposition to a bill banning conversion therapy. Not because…

Why I don’t trust the BBC’s Trusted News Initiative

28 October 2023 9:00 am

You almost certainly haven’t heard of the Trusted News Initiative (TNI), although you probably should have. It’s a BBC-led consortium…

I’ve turned 60 – but all is not lost

21 October 2023 9:00 am

By the time you read this I’ll be 60, having passed that milestone on Tuesday. My older friends tell me…

The joy of deer stalking

14 October 2023 9:00 am

In spite of my dodgy right hand – caused by an injury to my radial nerve – I decided to…

An injured hand has given me a glimpse of old age

7 October 2023 9:00 am

I first realised something was wrong with my hand last Thursday evening. I’d been invited by a friend to go…

I’m a slave to my horse-chestnut tree

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Trying to work in my garden shed at this time of year is tricky. I will be crouched over my…

How I lost my Hungarian Vizsla, Leo, to the Dangerous Dogs Act

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Not everyone welcomed Rishi Sunak’s announcement last week that he would ban the XL Bully under the Dangerous Dogs Act.…

The myth of male privilege

16 September 2023 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I had a crack at coming up with my own sociological ‘law’ and my first effort…

Could I be pregnant?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

At the age of 59 I thought it was time to get my body thoroughly examined. So last week I…

I knew I was right about private schools

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament has become an annual fixture in the Young household. Known as ‘Wimbledon-on-Sea’, the week-long competition…

The appalling hypocrisy of Peter Wilby

26 August 2023 9:00 am

According to the ancient proverb, if you sit by the river for long enough you will see the body of…

Who fact checks the fact-checkers?

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Last week, a retired physics professor called Nick Cowern said it was time to get tough with ‘climate denialists’. ‘In…

Am I allowed to make fun of women’s football?

12 August 2023 9:00 am

I’m loath to write about the current Fifa World Cup because criticising women’s football is textbook ‘misogyny’ – at least,…

What does a supercomputer say about QPR’s chances?

5 August 2023 9:00 am

The football season gets under way again on Saturday – or at least it does if your team isn’t in…

Why Barbie deserves the backlash

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Being the CEO of a massive corporation isn’t easy. You’re expected to grow the company, increase profits and boost the…

I’m a holidaymaker… get me out of here!

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Reading about all the travel chaos, I began to regret my summer holiday plans. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible…

I expected more from Caitlin Moran

15 July 2023 9:00 am

I first met Caitlin Moran at Julie Burchill’s flat in Bloomsbury. This was in the early 1990s and she was…

How do you solve a problem like debanking?

8 July 2023 9:00 am

As I sat down to write this column, an old friend let me know he’d just been ‘debanked’. That is,…

Young’s First Law of free speech

1 July 2023 9:00 am

I’ve always been envious of journalists who give their names to ‘laws’, as in O’Sullivan’s First Law: ‘All organisations that…

How should schools handle ‘furries’?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

Last weekend an audio recording emerged of a 13-year-old girl being called ‘despicable’ by her teacher at a Church of…

Did the BBC silence lockdown sceptics?

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Did the BBC breach its own impartiality rules by keeping critics of the government’s pandemic response off the air during…

I’ve been radicalised by Just Stop Oil

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Last month I went to Lord Frost’s superb lecture for the Global Warming Policy Foundation about the harm net zero…

The demonisation of Kathleen Stock

3 June 2023 9:00 am

It had been billed as the most controversial debate of the year, with even Rishi Sunak intervening to say that…

Men like me are sitting targets

27 May 2023 9:00 am

I have a confession to make: I’m a sitzpinkler. That’s the German word for men who sit down when they…