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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

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 in the media, I’ve been doing my best to rebut… Continue reading

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 second thoughts? It’s not quite a ‘there, but for the… Continue reading

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 warning buried in the detail of the new report by… Continue reading

The European Court of Human Rights (Photo: Getty)

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 tries to repeal the Human Rights Act, led by David… Continue reading

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, Jack Monroe and Molly Scott Cato MEP over the issue… Continue reading

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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 up, not least because we will never know what Robert… Continue reading

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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. Eighty educationalists have signed a letter in the Daily Mail… Continue reading

Harry Redknapp (Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty)

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 we’ve gone through seven managers — 13 if you count… Continue reading


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 kill off Page 3, then resuscitating it a week later.… Continue reading


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 sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are… Continue reading


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 for the red-tops and, just in case they don’t receive… Continue reading

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 is Toby Young interviewing Frost in 2007 following the release… Continue reading

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 the private sector in England’s schools’ in which he argues… Continue reading


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 professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering… Continue reading


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 all the more civilised aspects of life — the arts,… Continue reading


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 million copies, a big win for Rupert Murdoch and the… Continue reading


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 constituency. Believe it or not, I once expressed an interest… Continue reading


Forget Mandarin. Latin is the key to success

3 February 2011 18:41

As promised, here is an extended version of an article from the skills supplement in this week’s issue of the Spectator. On the face of it, encouraging children to learn… Continue reading


An anti-sleaze party should fight 100 seats

20 May 2009 10:48

A week ago, I blogged about the possibility of running for Parliament as an anti-sleaze candidate and the response has been overwhelming — overwhelmingly negative, that is. “When Toby Young… Continue reading


The anti-sleaze party

15 May 2009 12:00

I got a curious email yesterday from my friend James Evans, who runs "Why don’t you stand as an independent at the general election? Never will be a better… Continue reading


Let him who casts the first stone…

13 May 2009 13:04

Few sights are more stomach-churning than the British press in one of its perennial fits of moral outrage. Judging by the leader columns of the past few days, the whole… Continue reading


Bicycle accident

30 April 2009 18:36

I got knocked off my bike on Tuesday night. Ambulance, hospital, general anaesthetic … the whole nine yards. No nerve damage and brain seems to be functioning okay, but hopes… Continue reading


Leave Derek alone

16 April 2009 15:47

Reading these “reviews” of Derek Draper’s new book on, I’m beginning to feel a bit sorry for him. Yes, he’s made some silly mistakes, but I’m not sure he… Continue reading


The school of my dreams

12 February 2009 17:45

My friend Barry Isaacson has just sent me an email about the Renaissance Arts Academy, a Charter School in Los Angeles that he’s just been to look at with a… Continue reading


Obama isn’t black

6 November 2008 15:03

I don’t get it. I mean, am I the only person in the world who’s noticed that Barack Obama isn’t black? He’s bi-racial. I don’t see why his election has… Continue reading