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

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Labour: My part in its downfall

2 July 2016 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, I took part in a debate at the Cambridge Union about the future of the Labour…

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A new home for Old Labour — with the Tory right

25 June 2016 9:00 am

On the eve of last year’s general election result, many pundits predicted the demise of Britain’s two-party system. The likeliest…

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Who keeps sabotaging my giant Leave poster?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I’ve never been a great believer in karma. After all, in the absence of some kind of cosmic enforcer of…

British Fans Watch World Cup Match in Japan

Confessions of an England fan

11 June 2016 9:00 am

If you’re a proper football supporter, getting excited about England on the eve of a major tournament is considered uncool.…

Editor’s letter

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Welcome to the June issue of Spectator Life. James Delingpole and I are both huge fans of Game of Thrones…

Multiracial Group of People Jumping at Beach, Backlight

The day I stopped believing in the friendship myth

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Should we be surprised that friendship isn’t always mutual? That is one of the findings of a team of researchers…

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My day as the only Eurosceptic at the finishing school for Europe’s elite

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I was in Paris last week to take part in an EU referendum debate at Sciences Po, a French university…

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Meet Leo... my soppy, dopey, affectionate, deadly predator

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Leo, the Hungarian Vizsla my wife brought home unexpectedly last year, is approaching his first birthday and not getting any…

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Voting Remain is an act of heartless snobbery

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the interesting features of the Brexit debate is that it has laid bare a schism in British society…

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If the Sats-strike parents get their way only the poorer kids will suffer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

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

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What would happen if Rupert Murdoch owned the BBC?

30 April 2016 9:00 am

A new book published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs called In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC…

Oswald Mosley – the closest Britain has come to succumbing to demagoguery. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images

Long may we Brits laugh at our absurd demagogues

23 April 2016 9:00 am

In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke warned that ‘pure democracy’ was as dangerous as absolute monarchy. ‘Of…

Tax Avoidance and Legislation

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

16 April 2016 9:00 am

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

General View Of The Offices Of The Guardian And The Observer Newspapers

A big hand for the two-faced tax hacks of the Guardian

9 April 2016 9:00 am

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

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Why I’m uneasy about academies for all

2 April 2016 9:00 am

As someone who believes in limited government, I feel conflicted about universal academisation. I’m a fan of the academies policy…

Status anxiety

Why I’d like to be a more dangerous dad

26 March 2016 9:00 am

According to figures obtained by BBC Breakfast last week, more than 500 people were arrested in England and Wales in…

Editor’s letter

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Putting to bed this issue has been a bit of a white-knuckle ride. We only just managed to get the…

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I have seen classroom miracles at Michaela Community School

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It was like being on the set of an inspirational Hollywood film about a visionary teacher who transforms the lives…

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What happened when my son went to school as Goldilocks

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I hear a leftie complain about being abused on Twitter, I think: ‘You should try being me.’ A case…

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Nietzsche's school jeremiad sounds oddly familiar

5 March 2016 9:00 am

When Friedrich Nietzsche was offered a professorship in classical philology at the university of Basel in 1869 he was so…

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No, my socialist dad would NOT be spinning in his grave

5 March 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday night I went to a birthday party for my father at the House of Commons. Hosted by the…

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I'm voting 'leave' to go back to the 1970s. What's wrong with that?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I don’t remember the last European referendum being nearly as dramatic as the current one. In 1975, we were being…

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Emma Thompson’s wrong about the EU and cake

20 February 2016 9:00 am

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

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Would I have broken my neck for a bit of TV fame?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Not long ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Channel 4 reality show called The Jump.…

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Who speaks up for poor white boys when it comes to their education?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron can be a frustrating figure at times. He wrote an article for the Sunday Times this week in…