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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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…

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The Oscars surrender to the golden age of protest

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Are we living in a golden age of protest? A bunch of aggrieved citizens only has to raise a murmur…

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Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left are wilfully blind to the evils of Islamist Nazis

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Many people watching Jeremy Corbyn’s interview on Marr last Sunday will have been shocked by his remarks about the need…

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Tell the truth about benefit claimants and the left shuts you down

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Next month sees the release of Trumbo, a biopic about Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood…

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The left’s own war on science

9 January 2016 9:00 am

How much longer can the liberal left survive in the face of growing scientific evidence that many of its core…

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The plot to save Goldsmith’s Close Allotments

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since turning 50 I have become a gardening enthusiast. It started with tomatoes, then spread to raspberries and last year…

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Tis the season for disagreeing with your spouse about everything

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The older I get, the more Scrooge-like I become. I’m dyspeptic, misanthropic, curmudgeonly, parsimonious and unsentimental. Caroline, by contrast, is…

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Labour’s failure and Lady Colin Campbell’s popularity point to one thing: the politics of envy has failed

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Last week I put £25 on Lady C to win I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. At 25/1,…

Editor’s letter

5 December 2015 9:00 am

I’m pleased that Julie Burchill has written the cover story for this issue of Spectator Life. I first met Julie…

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Fight terror the Indiana Jones way, not the Bridge of Spies way

28 November 2015 9:00 am

I wonder if Steven Spielberg is having second thoughts about Bridge of Spies in light of the attack on Paris?…

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Is this the beginning of the end of liberal democracy?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

As a graduate student in the Harvard Department of Government in the late 1980s, I became slightly jaded about the…

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Meet Leo, the youngest member of our household

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I’m pleased to announce an addition to the Young household — a ten-week-old Vizsla. For those unfamiliar with this particular breed…

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Nature beats nurture nearly every time

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the findings of behavioural geneticists and their implications for education policy. For instance,…

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Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

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There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…

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How I’d make a success of a nude-free Playboy

17 October 2015 8:00 am

I can’t say that I’m surprised Playboy has decided to stop publishing pictures of naked women. On the contrary, I…

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What I learnt trying to buy lunch for an anti-Tory protestor

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The mood at the Conservative party conference this week was a little subdued, and no wonder. As those who watched…

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Steve Jobs was a genius, but was he a monster too?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Last week I went to a screening of Steve Jobs, the new biopic about the co-founder of Apple directed by…

Editor’s letter

26 September 2015 9:00 am

Welcome to the autumn issue of Spectator Life. This is my first issue as editor and you’ll notice a few…

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Rail nationalisation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stupid flagship policy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amid all the excitement about David Cameron this week, I fear that Jeremy Corbyn’s first major policy announcement may have…

On the march: Toby Young’s group has now opened three schools and hopes to have another three in the next two years

Cameron’s crusade (and mine)

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Can the Prime Minister really be serious about creating 500 new free schools by 2020? Yes he can, says Toby Young

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My obsession with litter is bordering on mental illness

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s no good. I’ve tried to resist it, but I’ve succumbed. I’m now a full-blown litter Nazi. Whenever I leave…

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Let the poor have designer babies on the NHS

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for Quadrant, an Australian periodical, in which I propose a controversial solution to the problem…

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My wife and I have become Mr and Mrs Twit

5 September 2015 9:00 am

This is a cautionary tale for any young couples out there thinking of tying the knot. Be wary of what…

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

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Frenchman. Last week’s dramatic incident on board a Paris-bound train, in which a…