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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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…

Ludo Young as Goldilocks for World Book Day

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…

TV stars, athletes and Superman compete in the new season of The Jump, C4

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…

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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…