No sacred cows

Why is it only privately educated women who get to lecture people about ‘oppression’?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Scarcely a week passes without a privately educated young woman with a successful career in journalism publishing a book about…

Gone are the days when the middle class could afford to go skiing

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It won’t be news to readers of The Spectator that one of the long-term effects of globalisation is the hollowing…

We thought having four kids would be idyllic. What were we thinking?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

You’d think the little buggers would be grateful. Caroline and I had just shelled out for our two middle children…

Roy Jenkins at an SDP conference in 1986 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There's space for a new party in Britain, but not for another SDP

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I was 17 when the Labour party last split, in January 1981, and for a variety of reasons got quite…

School children gather in Sydney last November to demand the government takes action on climate change [MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES]

If children want to protest against climate change, why not do it at the weekend?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Thousands of schoolchildren are planning to go on ‘strike’ on Friday to protest about government inaction on climate change. Called…

The hypocrisy of Ken Loach’s Eurovision boycott

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The Guardian last week published a ‘we, the undersigned’ letter from 50 ‘artists of conscience’ urging the BBC to boycott…

An inconvenient truth: white children are underperforming everyone else in UK schools

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The Department for Education (DfE) published its finalised data on the 2018 GCSE results last week, revealing that, for the…

The media were guilty of their own ‘fake news’ when it came to protesting schoolchildren

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Donald Trump is often criticised by liberal news organisations like CNN and the New York Times for resorting to the…

Yes, the Brexit debate is robust – but UK politics is moderate, calm and civil

19 January 2019 9:00 am

There’s a scene in Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s masterpiece about the collapse of western civilisation, in which a…

The unending war against masculinity and men

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) has issued guidelines for mental health professionals working…

The great awokening

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Is the social justice movement that’s sweeping British and American universities a secular religion? The core beliefs of the members…

How to lose more friends and alienate more people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

This used to be the busiest time of the year for me. If you do anything in public life —…

The mind-readers who know we’re all racists inside

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For months I’ve been looking forward to the Guardian’s much-heralded report on racism in Britain, which was unveiled this week.…

Why we’re lying to ourselves over trans rights

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On 21 November, a debate took place in the House of Commons about proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act…

My wife has gone back to work – and I’ve turned into a SADDO

24 November 2018 9:00 am

When I proposed to Caroline back in 2000, she was a trainee solicitor and I was a freelance journalist. In…

Free speech is officially dead in British universities

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I first read about plans for a new academic periodical called The Journal of Controversial Ideas, I got the…

Roger Scruton becomes the latest victim of the Twitchfork mob

10 November 2018 9:00 am

‘Once identified as right-wing you are beyond the pale of argument,’ wrote Sir Roger Scruton. ‘Your views are irrelevant, your…

I like the idea of meritocracy as much as my father hated it

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Last week I spoke at an event at Nottingham University to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Rise of the…

Science is on the side of the trans activists

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Some interesting scientific research on gender differences was published last week. Two social scientists studied the preferences of 80,000 people…

Why are faceless accusations allowed to end men’s careers?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

On 11 October 2017 an anonymous Google spreadsheet began doing the rounds of American newspapers and magazines — a document…

Shouldn’t the police be chasing down theft and assault, not thought crime?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

West Yorkshire Police hit the headlines twice this week. First we learned that the fourth-largest force in England and Wales…

Alexa, who is Toby Young?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My oldest friend Sean Langan came to lunch last Sunday and, rather disappointingly, he seemed more interested in playing with…

Of course the young like socialism – they’re taught to

29 September 2018 9:00 am

It beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn can, with a straight face, announce that capitalism has failed and we’d all be…

It’s as I suspected – my defects can’t be cured

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just finished making a one-hour documentary about character for Radio 4 that’s due to be broadcast on Saturday at…

Dr Toby’s booze advice: the better the wine, the less bad it is for you

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I don’t hold out much hope for Drink Free Days, a new campaign launched by Public Health England and the…