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

Internet

Did anyone really believe what my wife wrote about me?

Spectator writers are almost never in earnest, unless it’s after midnight and we’ve been drinking

By Toby Young

Media

If you really want to lose friends, start a magazine

Julie said if she ever saw me in the Groucho Club again, she’d stab me with her nail file

By Toby Young

Home

Our puppy has no respect for the six-feet rule

I have begun to suspect that the ‘poo’ in her breed name is not a reference to poodle but to something else

By Toby Young

Home

I’m recovering — but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

I had a strong sensation of my body being invaded by a parasite which was sapping my strength

By Toby Young

Europe

Britain needs Boris, the extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

He cannot resist the pull of obligation to his country, the need to be of service

By Toby Young

Dissent over coronavirus research isn’t dangerous — but stifling debate is

The best way to defeat this enemy will be to keep faith with our commitment to intellectual freedom, not to abandon it

By Toby Young

Social justice isn’t always just

The reaction of most accused men is to say nothing in the hope that the outrage caravan will move on

By Toby Young

Home

Quarantine with our new puppy will send me barking

The fact that her brain is the size of a pea makes her hard to train

By Toby Young

Internet

How far should we go to defend free speech?

The first days of the Free Speech Union

By Toby Young

Faith

Ganging up on Israel

To paraphrase Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, the evil that men tweet lives after them, while the good is oft interred with their bones

By Toby Young

Art

Why on earth did I volunteer to do stand-up?

There were two points when I couldn’t remember what came next and just plunged forward

By Toby Young

Art

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

Hollywood celebrities talk a big game in public, but in private they enjoy letting their hair down

By Toby Young

Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility

I do wish we would take them a smidgen less seriously when they turn out to be wrong — as they always do

By Toby Young

Education

So you’ve been canceled. Here’s how to fight back

Let’s make 2020 the year cancel culture gets canceled

By Toby Young

George Orwell would have been a Brexiteer

What Orwell would have disapproved of is the Maoist climate of intolerance sweeping through our institutions

By Toby Young

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