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

Can I bear to sack the digital babysitter?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I was astonished to discover in conversation with another dad last week that he and his wife intended to introduce…

Proof that the arts lobby is wrong about Michael Gove’s GCSE reform

11 February 2017 9:00 am

For the past six years or so a variety of arts organisations have been campaigning against the English Baccalaureate, or…

Do children have a right to term-time holidays?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I feel conflicted about Jon Platt, the parent at the centre of the court case about unauthorised school absences. On…

Would I still hate pontificating actors if they agreed with me?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I feel a bit sorry for Piers Morgan. On Tuesday, Ewan McGregor was due to appear on the sofa with…

Schools are desperate to teach ‘growth mindset’. But it’s based on a lie

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I had lunch recently with an assistant head of a leading independent school and he told me about their ‘growth…

Why we need more universities

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1961, shortly after getting a job as a lecturer at Cambridge, my father had an idea. The faculty buildings,…

How today’s ruling class use meritocracy to stay at the top

7 January 2017 9:00 am

After Sir Stafford Northcote and Sir Charles Trevelyan completed their report on civil service reform in 1854, in which they…

Should I hang myself out to dry again this January?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

And so it begins again. This time last year, I decided to see how long I could last without alcohol.…

Who will rid me of this turbulent beast?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I’m keeping my eyes peeled for one of those billboards saying ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’…

Prepare to tiptoe around generation snowflake in the workplace

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Last week I was asked to give a talk about generation snowflake. This was at a breakfast organised by a…

My daughter’s pop concert tickets were a £150 rip-off

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Last week, my 13-year-old daughter Sasha and her friend Tess were taken by her god-father, Sean, to see Catfish and…

Teachers won't like it, but I've discovered a way to fix failing schools

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I joined forces with Sir Anthony Seldon, the vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, to run an idea…

My Pointless performance brought shame on The Spectator

12 November 2016 9:00 am

I give an after-dinner speech occasionally called ‘Media Training for Dummies’. That may sound condescending, but the dummy in question…

Looking after my dog Leo is a full-time job

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just spent a day looking after our one-year-old vizsla and, to be blunt, I have some sympathy with Michael…

Editor’s letter

3 November 2016 9:00 am

I always try to find time to read articles that people send in unsolicited in the hope of seeing them…

Our gold-plated skiing trip

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Toby Young on a perfect Alpine mini-break

In defence of Zac Goldsmith

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m baffled by the reaction to Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. It is…

How driverless cars will make your life worse

22 October 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, there’s something quite appealing about driverless cars. It will be like having a chauffeur-driven chariot…

Sorry, Shami Chakrabarti, but those school fees are a waste of money

15 October 2016 9:00 am

I’ve been thinking about poor Shami Chakrabarti and the drubbing she’s suffered since it was revealed she’s sending her son…

Michael Gove, evil mastermind? I don't buy it

8 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham where the mood is buoyant, to put it mildly. Everyone…

A broad-left anti-Tory pact will never work. Here’s why

1 October 2016 9:00 am

I appeared on Radio 4 with Shirley Williams recently and as we were leaving I asked her if she thought…

What Momentum Kids gets right

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Forgive me if I don’t get too worked up about Momentum Kids. For those who haven’t been following Labour’s internal…

Editor’s letter

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Welcome to the September issue of Spectator Life. We had a debate in the office about whether to put Donald…

What’s (still) wrong with meritocracy

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘It is highly unlikely the Prime Minister has read the book,’ my father harrumphed, commenting on the appropriation of the…

Is Keith Vaz a psychopath?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What’s wrong with you?’ That was the question an American broadcaster asked Anthony Weiner when his New York City mayoral…