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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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…

Leo Young

Meet Leo, the youngest member of our household

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I’m pleased to announce an addition to the Young household — a ten-week-old Vizsla. For those unfamiliar with this particular breed…

Two twins baby

Nature beats nurture nearly every time

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the findings of behavioural geneticists and their implications for education policy. For instance,…

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Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

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There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…

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How I’d make a success of a nude-free Playboy

17 October 2015 8:00 am

I can’t say that I’m surprised Playboy has decided to stop publishing pictures of naked women. On the contrary, I…

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What I learnt trying to buy lunch for an anti-Tory protestor

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The mood at the Conservative party conference this week was a little subdued, and no wonder. As those who watched…

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Steve Jobs was a genius, but was he a monster too?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Last week I went to a screening of Steve Jobs, the new biopic about the co-founder of Apple directed by…

Editor’s letter

26 September 2015 9:00 am

Welcome to the autumn issue of Spectator Life. This is my first issue as editor and you’ll notice a few…


Rail nationalisation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stupid flagship policy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amid all the excitement about David Cameron this week, I fear that Jeremy Corbyn’s first major policy announcement may have…

On the march: Toby Young’s group has now opened three schools and hopes to have another three in the next two years

Cameron’s crusade (and mine)

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Can the Prime Minister really be serious about creating 500 new free schools by 2020? Yes he can, says Toby Young

Throwing away trash

My obsession with litter is bordering on mental illness

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s no good. I’ve tried to resist it, but I’ve succumbed. I’m now a full-blown litter Nazi. Whenever I leave…

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Let the poor have designer babies on the NHS

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for Quadrant, an Australian periodical, in which I propose a controversial solution to the problem…


My wife and I have become Mr and Mrs Twit

5 September 2015 9:00 am

This is a cautionary tale for any young couples out there thinking of tying the knot. Be wary of what…


Once again, the French are relying on Americans and Brits to protect them from murderous fascists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Frenchman. Last week’s dramatic incident on board a Paris-bound train, in which a…


It's fun at France's answer to Butlins – but there's a catch

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m currently at a French campsite in the Languedoc, having been persuaded by my wife that it would be a…

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If the bombing of Hiroshima was a moral obscenity, blame Emperor Hirohito

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has produced some predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth about the horrors of…

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are…


It's my duty to expose my children to the moral depravity of Acton

1 August 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got a bit fed up with receiving Christmas cards from my friends designed to show…

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Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to…

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What are we going to do about urban foxes?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Forget about the countryside. When is the government going to do something about the vulpine creatures wreaking havoc in central…


Why I’m proud to be a (sometimes) pushy parent

11 July 2015 9:00 am

I took my three boys for a cycle ride in Richmond Park on Sunday. Under normal circumstances, this would have…


Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on…

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In defence of Michael Gove’s grammar guide

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Few things are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar. The very idea…