Toby Young

Toby Young is the co-author of What Every Parent Needs to Know and the co-founder of several free schools. In addition to being an associate editor of The Spectator, he is an associate editor of Quillette. Follow him on Twitter @toadmeister

The luxury of being pro-lockdown

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for the People’s Lockdown Inquiry, a new collaboration between Buckingham University, the Institute of Ideas…

The curious parable of Dartington

12 June 2021 9:00 am

I spent last weekend in south Devon at Dartington, the former estate of Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, and now a…

The rise of the pluto-meritocracy

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Meritocracy, a word coined by my father, gets a bad press these days. Two recent books — The Meritocracy Trap…

For journalists like Protasevich, free speech is a matter of life and death

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Last August I wrote a column in The Spectator’s US edition urging Donald Trump to take a leaf out of…

The problem with decolonising Shakespeare

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Scarcely a day passes without a major British institution announcing it is ‘decolonising’ itself. Most recently it was the turn…

Our confusing voting system has cost me £25

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Some 114,201 ballots were rejected in the first round of the London mayoral election, approximately 5 per cent of the…

We Lumas have the weight of the world on our shoulders

8 May 2021 9:00 am

In the introduction to an anthology of his jazz record reviews, the poet Philip Larkin imagines his readers. They’re not…

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.’ Those were the words that Kenneth Tynan, the most celebrated drama critic of…

Am I really paying £3,000 for six days in Wales?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Has it ever been more difficult to plan a family holiday? At the time of writing, it is illegal to…

Let’s show vaccine passports for football fans the red card

17 April 2021 9:00 am

As I’ve written before, the thing I’ve missed the most in the past 12 months is going to see QPR…

The facts about race and education

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Judging from the reaction to last week’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, you’d think it had been written…

I’ve swapped booze for Pot Noodles

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Along with many other people, I gave up drinking for the month of January and then resumed with gusto on…

The terror of seeing my dog attacked

27 March 2021 9:00 am

I was walking with our one-year-old cavapoochon on the way back from the baker’s in Acton on Sunday morning when…

My plan to kick off life after lockdown

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The last time I went to a football game was on Saturday 7 March last year when my 12-year-old son…

How I learned to love audio books

13 March 2021 9:00 am

According to a charity called Fight For Sight, 38 per cent of people who’ve been using screens more during lockdown…

The conservative appeal of drug gangs

6 March 2021 9:00 am

According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the easing of lock-down will be accompanied by a rise in crime…

The secret code of the ruling class

27 February 2021 9:00 am

I naively hoped that last year’s statement by the Equalities Minister explaining why unconscious bias training was being phased out…

My advice for the next ‘free speech champion’

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear the government plans to appoint a ‘free speech champion’ to the board of the Office…

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The wine has been flowing in the Young household this week. The reason I’ve been celebrating is because I managed…

What more do I have to do to get a peerage?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Watching Lord Hannan of Kingsclere being introduced in the House of Lords on Monday was a bittersweet moment. On the…

Quarantine heralds the death of Mid-Atlantic Man

30 January 2021 9:00 am

As an ambitious journalist making my way in Fleet Street, I dreamed of becoming a Mid-Atlantic Man. Tom Wolfe came…

Farewell to my dear friend Richard, the very best of us

23 January 2021 9:00 am

I heard the shocking news last week that one of my oldest friends — Richard Edwards — had died suddenly…

Meal kits are a recipe for mayhem

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Caroline was pretty heroic during the first lockdown. She’s used to having no children to deal with between the hours…

A dog is not just for lockdown

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Dogs Trust charity received 114 calls on 27 and 28 December from people wanting to offload their puppies. No,…

The unlikely Schindler who saved my wife’s family

19 December 2020 9:00 am

As I gaze at my four children on Christmas morning, clambering on to the bed with their stockings, I will…