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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


Once again, the French are relying on Americans and Brits to protect them from murderous fascists

29 August 2015

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Frenchman. Last week’s dramatic incident on board a Paris-bound train, in which a terrorist atrocity was narrowly averted by a group of heroic… Read more


It's fun at France's answer to Butlins – but there's a catch

22 August 2015

I’m currently at a French campsite in the Languedoc, having been persuaded by my wife that it would be a good place to spend our summer holiday. She described the… Read more

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If the bombing of Hiroshima was a moral obscenity, blame Emperor Hirohito

15 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has produced some predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth about the horrors of nuclear weapons. The Guardian called the dropping of the bombs… Read more

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School, a factual entertainment series… Read more


It's my duty to expose my children to the moral depravity of Acton

1 August 2015

A few years ago, I got a bit fed up with receiving Christmas cards from my friends designed to show off just how well they were doing. A typical card… Read more

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Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ 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… Read more

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What are we going to do about urban foxes?

18 July 2015

Forget about the countryside. When is the government going to do something about the vulpine creatures wreaking havoc in central London? The situation is now so out of control, it’s… Read more


Why I’m proud to be a (sometimes) pushy parent

11 July 2015

I took my three boys for a cycle ride in Richmond Park on Sunday. Under normal circumstances, this would have been a good way to relax, but I had to… Read more


Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on 1 July. To help achieve that, I swore off alcohol… Read more

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In defence of Michael Gove’s grammar guide

27 June 2015

Few things are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar. The very idea that one way of speaking is more ‘correct’ than another… Read more

Toffs And Toughs

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on why top companies employ so few applicants from comprehensive schools:… Read more

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Meet the Canadian Ed Miliband

13 June 2015

I’ve been reading Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignatieff’s account of his disastrous foray into politics, in an attempt to understand where it all went wrong for Ed Miliband. In combination… Read more

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If I were a cultural Marxist, I might be thinking about giving up

6 June 2015

In his Memoirs, Kingsley Amis includes a story about meeting Roald Dahl at a party in the 1970s. Dahl advises him to write a children’s book — ‘That’s where the… Read more

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Nicola Sturgeon protests too much about Alistair Carmichael

30 May 2015

I couldn’t believe it when Nicola Sturgeon called for the resignation of Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish Secretary, over his role in the leaked memo affair. As readers will recall,… Read more

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It's hard not to gloat, but I'm trying my hardest

23 May 2015

I was disappointed to hear Andy Burnham on Marr last Sunday declare his opposition to free schools. He put plenty of distance between himself and Ed Miliband, even admitting Labour… Read more

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There is only one way to rescue the BBC

16 May 2015

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on a kibbutz. I’m not sure why he thought this would… Read more

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Satire is dying because satirists are too successful

9 May 2015

I appeared on Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the age-old question of whether political satire is dead. I don’t think it is, but it has lost… Read more

Brasenose College

My Brasenose college reunion was great (even if David Cameron didn’t turn up)

2 May 2015

A couple of weeks ago I returned to my old Oxford college for a ‘gaudy’ — posh, Oxford-speak for a reunion. This one was for those of us who came… Read more


Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about his authorship of Labour’s 1945 manifesto, his invention of the… Read more

Green Party Spring Conference

The Green party manifesto is even crazier than you’ve heard

18 April 2015

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… Read more

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as the general election approaches. One suggestion is the second leg… Read more

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Lefty myths about inequality

4 April 2015

As a Tory, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality recently. Has it really increased in the past five years? Or is that just scaremongering on the part of the… Read more


How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the results of the YouGov daily tracker poll due to be… Read more


I’m working to make education fairer. But I’m still not sure what ‘fairer’ means

21 March 2015

Civitas has just published an interesting book called The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools. Edited by Anastasia de Waal, it’s a collection of essays by the usual suspects… Read more


Could my son Charlie become a Premier League footballer?

14 March 2015

My son Charlie was scouted by QPR last week. I say ‘scouted’, but that’s not quite accurate since he’s only six. Rather, a man claiming to be a member of… Read more