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

Place

The curious parable of Dartington

In a sense, my father’s extraordinary career was the Elmhirsts’ legacy

By Toby Young

Education

The trouble with meritocracy

Meritocracy has become more like razor wire protecting the establishment from pesky interlopers

By Toby Young

Europe

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

Belarus’s treatment of Roman Protasevich puts western cancel culture in perspective

By Toby Young

Education

The problem with decolonizing Shakespeare

Nearly every country or region has tried to colonize others if you go back far enough

By Toby Young

Theater

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

It’s nonsense to say that critics ‘should consider whether, based on ethnicity and/or privilege, they are best positioned to interpret a story’

By Toby Young

Drink

I’ve swapped booze for instant noodles

I miss the drama of being a boozer — the feeling of self-loathing when you wake up with a hangover

By Toby Young

Business

Journalism is pure madness

The North American media is in a ‘purity spiral’

By Toby Young

Home

The terror of seeing my dog attacked

The rogue greyhound tried to prize Mali from my hands in a frenzy of blood lust

By Toby Young

Education

The new upper-class signifier

It’s called ‘diversity training’ but it might as well be called ‘how to speak woke-ish’

By Toby Young

Home

How I learned to love audio books

In the past, I found listening to a novel less satisfactory than reading it — but Bernard Cornwell has changed that

By Toby Young

Home

The death of Mid-Atlantic Man

Shuttling between world cities will be a luxury of the super-rich, just as it was before the Swinging Sixties

By Toby Young

Home

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

To be seen as a moral exemplar by your children is a gold standard that most of us fail to live up to

By Toby Young

Home

Meal kits are a recipe for mayhem

The instructions are supposed to be idiot-proof, but the company didn’t envisage anyone as incompetent as me

By Toby Young

Home

The unlikely Schindler who saved my wife’s family

It’s almost certain that if Karel and his family had remained in Prague, they would have died in the camps

By Toby Young

Politics

Am I a cuck?

I’m falling out with my friend over the election fraud nonsense

By Toby Young

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