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

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life

7 May 2016 19:28

When I got an email from the Evening Standard’s education correspondent at 06.29am yesterday I had no idea that my…


Zac Goldsmith has nothing to be ashamed of

6 May 2016 18:50

It’s disappointing to see how many Tories are buying into Labour’s spin about Zac Goldsmith having fought a ‘dog whistle’…


The moronic middle-class Sats warriors are entrenching class divisions

4 May 2016 16:03

Tuesday’s protest against Key Stage 1 Sats was moronic on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to…

Labour Mayoral Hopeful Reveals His Vision For London

Is it ‘Islamophobic’ to draw attention to Sadiq Khan’s links with extremists?

2 May 2016 9:28

Zac Goldsmith came in for a fair amount of criticism yesterday after writing a piece in the Mail on Sunday…

It will take more than Labour’s ‘inquiry’ to deal with the left’s anti-Semitism problem

30 April 2016 10:47

Anyone concerned about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party should welcome the appointment of Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of Liberty,…

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There’s nothing ‘racist’ about Boris Johnson’s Obama comments

22 April 2016 17:39

Nick Cohen is predictably over-the-top in his response to Boris Johnson’s piece about President Obama’s intervention in the Brexit debate…


I confess it all… I’ve been dodging tax since the age of eight

13 April 2016 12:44

As someone who still entertains hope of becoming a member of Parliament one day, I’d better come clean about my…

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Will the Guardian now investigate its own tax arrangements?

6 April 2016 14:59

Something odd happened at the Guardian on Monday as the paper’s editorial staff were basking in the glow of their…


Boris Johnson is a mixture of principle and opportunism, just like every politician

22 February 2016 18:47

Boris Johnson is a slippery fish, but I don’t think Nick Cohen quite captures him in his blog post earlier…

Surely a nation that eats a lot of cake is, almost by definition, not miserable? (Photo: Getty)

Emma Thompson is wrong about the EU – and cake

17 February 2016 15:25

At first glance, Emma Thompson’s intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this week didn’t make much sense. Asked at the…


Join Spectator Life for the Baftas

13 February 2016 8:28

This Sunday, Spectator Life will be live blogging the Baftas. Lloyd Evans, Melissa Kite, Jasper Rees, Emily Hill and I…

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…

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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…