Toby Young

Toby Young is the author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and the co-founder of several free schools. In addition to being an associate editor of the Spectator, he writes a regular blog for the Telegraph

Summer Returns To Oxford

David Cameron is plain wrong about Oxford and race. Here’s why

31 January 2016 10:55

I applaud the Prime Minister for pointing out the scandalous lack of black students at Britain’s top universities, but he’s…

Christmas lights: a bone of contention (David Hecker/Getty Images)

It’s time for the annual round of arguments with my sweet-natured wife

23 December 2015 10:00

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

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Steven Pinker interview: Western intellectuals and journalists must promote liberal values

21 December 2015 12:00

Rumours of the death of Western liberalism have been cruelly exaggerated, according to Steven Pinker. The Harvard psychology professor spoke…

According to members of the interfaith community, faith schools must now prove that they don't cause social division (Photo: Getty)

Faith schools are now under attack from the interfaith community

7 December 2015 14:22

It’s depressing to read of yet another attack on faith schools in today’s papers, this time from a self-appointed ‘Commission’…

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Western liberalism is no match for the Islamic Game of Thrones

19 November 2015 11:05

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

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My mission: buy lunch for a protestor outside Conservative party conference

7 October 2015 10:40

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


Welcome to the new-look Spectator Life – that’s already making the front page news

24 September 2015 10:08

I wanted to let you know about the new issue of Spectator Life that’s out today – free with the…

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

Is that really the best Lord Ashcroft could dig up?

21 September 2015 12:20

My first reaction on reading the extracts from Lord Ashcroft’s muckraking biography of David Cameron in today’s Mail was, ‘It…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

‘Tories for Corbyn’ isn’t just a bit of fun. It’s an effective political weapon

22 July 2015 12:00

Is the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to defend it…

Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having…

Toffs And Toughs

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

17 June 2015 10:59

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow. Subscribe from just £1. There’s a…

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You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when a left-wing government returns

18 May 2015 16:54

In today’s Guardian, Matthew D’Ancona warns that David Cameron may face a successful rebellion from the ‘Runnymede Tories’ if he…

Emergency Food Banks Stretched As More And More People Struggle To Pay Their Bills

Was food poverty actually higher under the last Labour government?

22 April 2015 14:22

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Spectator debate in which Fraser Nelson, William Cash and I will be taking on Owen Jones,…

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If level-headed Oxford graduates are voting Green, what hope is there?

15 April 2015 13:08

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

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Ed Miliband couldn’t care less about education reform

8 April 2015 18:17

The editor of The Spectator isn’t the only person thinking about the prospect of Ed Miliband becoming the next Prime Minister.…

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Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

4 February 2015 13:01

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008…


Was it us wot won Page 3 back?

22 January 2015 12:52

The Sun was being widely credited last night with having pulled off a brilliant bit of trolling, first appearing to…


Je suis Page 3

21 January 2015 13:20

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s Status Anxiety column from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… ‘I for one would be…


Archbishop John Sentamu is wrong about free schools on every count

19 January 2015 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has never been shy about courting publicity. He frequently churns out controversial opinion pieces…

David Frost has died at the age of 74 today. Photo: Getty Images.

From our archive: Toby Young interviews Sir David Frost

1 September 2013 15:30

Sir David Frost, one of Britain’s greatest broadcasters, has passed away today at the age of 74. From our archive, here…

London Based Teachers Hold Strike Action Over Government Pension Proposals

Give profit-making schools a chance

10 August 2012 10:40

Rick Muir, an associate director of the IPPR, published a paper this week called ‘Not For Profit: the role of…

Allan Bloom: Prophet of Doom

23 May 2012 9:14

Allan Bloom’s famous book, The Closing of the American Mind, opens with the following sentence: ‘There is one thing a…


The new generation of Tory rebels

29 March 2012 17:08

There’s a new member of The Spectator family, and she’s called Spectator Life. This is our new quarterly magazine focusing…


The Sun shone yesterday

27 February 2012 14:49

According to early figures from wholesalers and retailers, the first edition of the Sun on Sunday has sold over three…

David Miliband’s never-to-be-made best man speech

30 March 2011 17:41

Good afternoon. I’d like to thank you all for coming to this godforsaken hell hole – sorry, I mean, Ed’s…