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

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Who let the dog out?

Caroline kept asking the kids to send ‘proof of life’, e.g. a photograph of Mali looking well-fed and happy

By Toby Young

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My wife is caught in a web of fear

According to Freud, arachnophobia is rooted in a person’s fear of being smothered by their mother

By Toby Young

Books

The Orwell Foundation has let George Orwell down

Surely if the foundation has a purpose, it is to keep the flame of intellectual freedom alive?

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Food

Have my suits shrunk in lockdown?

As I struggled to pull on the trousers, I wondered if Caroline had hung one of the children’s suits in my cupboard

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Sports

Football’s never coming home

I watched the tragedy of English soccer play itself out with a grim inevitability

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My battle to be top dog

Perhaps that’s why I struggle to love Bertie the cavapoo as much as my own dog: he reminds me too much of myself

By Toby Young

Sports

My problem with the Euros

Taking the knee is a gesture that divides fans

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Education

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

Oxford student journalism was absolutely brutal — and so the perfect training for the British media

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Place

The curious parable of Dartington

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

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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’

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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

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Business

Journalism is pure madness

The North American media is in a ‘purity spiral’

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