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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

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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

Question Time

My plan for Question Time: mug up and fail anyway

7 March 2015

I was invited on Question Time this week, which gave me a few sleepless nights. Natalie Bennett’s disastrous interview on LBC was a reminder that appearing on a current affairs… Read more

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If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that his father would stand down before the next election. My… Read more


I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and benefit from public goods and services, then you should pay… Read more

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Immigration, not money, will improve Scotland's most deprived schools

14 February 2015

I suppose we should be thankful that Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged there’s a problem with Scotland’s public education system, even if she’s hit upon the wrong solution. Earlier this week,… Read more

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Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

7 February 2015

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… Read more