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


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 Outlines His Bid For The Conservative Party Leadership

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…

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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…

Jeremy Corbyn Attends A Momentum Rally

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…

Government indicates possible plans to reintroduce grammar schools (Photo: Getty)

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…

Keith Vaz (Photo: Getty)

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…

Migrant children attend a lesson at the Jules Ferry day centre next to the so-called "Jungle" camp (Photo: Getty)

France began breeding jihadis when it ruined its primary schools

3 September 2016 9:00 am

E .D. Hirsch Jr., the American educationalist and author of Cultural Literacy, has a new book out that may throw…

Films aren’t better because they bomb – whatever the BBC’s poll says

27 August 2016 9:00 am

The BBC has published a list of the 100 best films of the 21st century, compiled after consulting academics, cinema…

Gwithian, Cornwall

Nowhere on the Continent can compare to Cornwall

20 August 2016 9:00 am

After the misery of going abroad for the summer holidays for the past few years, I’m now happily back in…

"If not for my place at William Ellis, I might now be a dustman or road sweeper"

Why bringing back grammar schools won’t help social mobility

13 August 2016 9:00 am

By rights, I should be one of those Tories who is passionately in favour of grammar schools. After all, I…

Writer and director Bruce Robinson (Photo: Getty)

I wished I’d been interviewing Bruce Robinson – until I saw it happen

6 August 2016 9:00 am

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall, the only summer festival I’d pay to attend. Indeed, I ended…

Paddy Ashdown (Photo: Getty)

Is More United just the Lib Dems in disguise?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The dog days of July probably aren’t the best time to launch a new political movement, but then the people…

New Education Secretary Justine Greening (Photo: Getty)

The best way to bring back grammar schools

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Could grammar schools be about to make a comeback? That Theresa May went to one, and that the number of…

Andrea Leadsom pulls out of the race (Photo: Getty)

The truth about ‘post-truth politics’

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The departure of Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative leadership race was a blow to pundits who claim we’re living in…

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Why did Boris quit? I suspect he doesn’t want to be leader right now

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Brits don’t quit,’ said David Cameron two weeks ago, to which the obvious rejoinder is: ‘Oh but they do!’ The…

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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…


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…

Former prime minister of Italy and dean of Sciences Po Enrico Letta (Photo: Getty)

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…


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…