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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
Any winner who expresses support for a political cause during their speech should have to forfeit their award
By Toby Young
Caroline kept asking the kids to send ‘proof of life’, e.g. a photograph of Mali looking well-fed and happy
According to Freud, arachnophobia is rooted in a person’s fear of being smothered by their mother
Surely if the foundation has a purpose, it is to keep the flame of intellectual freedom alive?
As I struggled to pull on the trousers, I wondered if Caroline had hung one of the children’s suits in my cupboard
I watched the tragedy of English soccer play itself out with a grim inevitability
Perhaps that’s why I struggle to love Bertie the cavapoo as much as my own dog: he reminds me too much of myself
Taking the knee is a gesture that divides fans
Oxford student journalism was absolutely brutal — and so the perfect training for the British media
In a sense, my father’s extraordinary career was the Elmhirsts’ legacy
Meritocracy has become more like razor wire protecting the establishment from pesky interlopers
Belarus’s treatment of Roman Protasevich puts western cancel culture in perspective
Nearly every country or region has tried to colonize others if you go back far enough
It’s nonsense to say that critics ‘should consider whether, based on ethnicity and/or privilege, they are best positioned to interpret a story’
I miss the drama of being a boozer — the feeling of self-loathing when you wake up with a hangover
At last, a Jordan Peterson vs. feminist debate that isn’t an absolute bloodbath
Journalism is pure madness
The new upper-class signifier
The death of Mid-Atlantic Man
The Orwell Foundation has let George Orwell down
We’re all thought criminals now
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