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Toby Young

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Not all knowledge is equal

30 August 2014

I first locked horns with Michael Rosen, the former children’s laureate, on Sky News about four years ago. We were debating the merits of trying to teach all children the… Read more

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The self-delusion that makes people go to festivals – me included

23 August 2014

I wouldn’t describe myself as a veteran of the summer festival circuit, but I’ve been to enough to have a theory about them. Or, rather, discuss someone else’s — in this… Read more

Former British Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds Photo: AP/Getty

Mark Simmonds was just saying what a lot of MPs think

16 August 2014

I feel some sympathy for Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP who’s resigned as a minister and is stepping down at the end of this Parliament because he can’t support his… Read more

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What’s the point in being married if I can’t feel superior to my single friends?

9 August 2014

I’m due to speak at an Intelligence Squared debate on Saturday and I’m worried that I might be on the wrong side. The motion is ‘Monogamy equals monotony’ and I’m… Read more

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Want to be a neglectful parent? Come to a festival and learn

2 August 2014

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall. This is supposed to be a literary and music festival and my reason for being there was to talk about my… Read more

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Do-gooders neglect their children. Just look at my dad – and me

26 July 2014

A few years ago, a family friend described my father as being a bit like Mrs Jellyby in Bleak House, by which he meant that he neglected his own family… Read more

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Cameron was right to move Gove

19 July 2014

I tried to reach Michael Gove on Tuesday shortly after the news broke that he’d been moved to the Whips’ Office. I’m quite relieved he never called back, because my… Read more

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow Photo: AFP/Getty

If John Bercow were two-and-a-half inches taller, he'd never have been such a big success

12 July 2014

Unlike 99 per cent of my colleagues, I was quite touched by John Bercow’s comment about how fed up he is with jokes about his height. ‘Whereas nobody these days… Read more

Helena Bonham-Carter attended Cameron's Cool Britannia party, along with,  Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, Roger Daltrey and Eliza Doolittle

Accept it, embrace it: Conservatives aren’t cool

5 July 2014

The Times headline on Tuesday was rather cruel: ‘Stars turn down No. 10 invitation.’ This was a reference to the party the press dubbed ‘Cool Britannia II’, David Cameron’s attempt… Read more

David Cameron meets with students during the opening of the Perry Beeches III Free School

Do people really hate free schools – or do they just hate me?

28 June 2014

This isn’t a headline I was expecting to read: ‘Free schools could be a bigger negative for the Tories than Ed Miliband is for Labour.’ Given that Miliband’s net satisfaction… Read more

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It’s time to face down the greatest intellectual threat of our era (oh, and Ed Miliband)

21 June 2014

As you’re reading this, I will still be recovering from the dinner I’m due to attend this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Policy Studies, the… Read more

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Yes, I compared Theresa May to an Israeli tank commander. Why is everyone so upset?

14 June 2014

I expect all of us have said something we regret at one time or another, but not everyone does so in front of 1.5 million people. That was my misfortune… Read more

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I used to think I was a Nietzschean superman. Now I know I'm just a dad

7 June 2014

In The Wolf of Wall Street, there’s a poignant shot towards the end in which we see an FBI agent going home on the subway. This law enforcement officer —… Read more

Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Michael Gove did not kill Of Mice and Men or To Kill A Mockingbird

31 May 2014

I suppose I should be grateful that the liberal intelligentsia doesn’t bother to check any of the facts if an opportunity presents itself to attack Michael Gove. They have a… Read more

Pulitzer Prizes winners proudly displayed in the New York Times building Photo: Getty

Chasing Pulitzers has ruined American journalists. That’s why they're edited by Brits

24 May 2014

I was interested to read a story by Michael Wolff in USA Today saying that Graydon Carter may be about to step down as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Carter has… Read more

Will I end up on the sofa with Holly Willoughby? Photo: Getty

The publicist who's doing her best to keep me off TV

17 May 2014

I went to a meeting at Penguin earlier this week to discuss ‘publicity opportunities’ for my forthcoming book. Chance would be a fine thing, I thought. It’s essentially a guide… Read more

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I love everything about supporting QPR — except watching them play

10 May 2014

I find it hard to pinpoint the exact moment when my support for Queen’s Park Rangers crossed over into full-blown fandom. I’ve lived in Shepherd’s Bush since 1991, and at… Read more

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The only way to survive as a cyclist is to behave like you're suicidal

3 May 2014

I wonder how many cyclists are killed in London during tube strikes? I had a 10 a.m. meeting in the West End on Tuesday that I couldn’t cancel so made the… Read more

The Passion of Jesus is performed on Good Friday to crowds in Trafalgar Square

Yes, Britain is a Christian country

26 April 2014

I can’t say it was a great surprise to read a letter from a group of well-known authors, academics, comedians and politicians in the Telegraph earlier this week complaining about… Read more

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The day I discovered what worry was

19 April 2014

Before I had children I don’t think I appreciated what anxiety was. I’d been anxious at various points in my life up until that point — when taking exams, for instance… Read more

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The books I couldn't get written

12 April 2014

There’s nothing quite so burdensome as having a book to write. Maybe it’s not so bad when it’s your first book, but after that it’s a terrible chore. The publishing… Read more

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Knowing things isn’t ‘20th century’, Justin Webb. It’s the foundation of a successful life

5 April 2014

It’s scarcely possible to open a newspaper or magazine these days without reading an article about how the latest technological gizmo has rendered traditional education obsolete. According to Justin Webb,… Read more

Women In The World Foundation CEO Tina Brown Interview

Lessons from Tina Brown on the art of failing upwards

29 March 2014

Shortly after I started working at Vanity Fair in the mid-1990s, I suggested to my boss Graydon Carter that I write an article about the number of New York society… Read more

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I was all for press freedom. Then I heard from Gary Lineker...

22 March 2014

It looks as though Hacked Off has finally won its three-year battle for tighter regulation of the press. Why do I say this? Because on Tuesday it published a list… Read more

Most people are conservative with a small ‘c’ when it comes to the subject of death (Photo: Getty)

Death brings out everyone’s inner Mary Whitehouse

15 March 2014

Shortly after Bob Crow’s death was announced on Tuesday, Nigel Farage sent the following tweet: ‘Sad at the death of Bob Crow. I liked him and he also realised working-class… Read more