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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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I’m sleeping in the garden shed

I’ve decided to invest in an actual bed, but Caroline isn’t happy about that because it makes the move seem more permanent

By Toby Young

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My ever shrinking Christmas

I can picture myself as an old man, parked in front of the telly wearing a Christmas hat, as Caroline creeps out to the neighbors’ drinks

By Toby Young

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The embarrassing truth about how I got injured

I toyed with the idea of pretending I had been in a fight the next time someone asked about my injuries

By Toby Young

Science & Tech

How science became politicized

New rules from a leading journal do not bode well

By Toby Young

Film

How to save the Oscars

Any winner who expresses support for a political cause during their speech should have to forfeit their award

By Toby Young

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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?

By Toby Young

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

By Toby Young

Sports

Football’s never coming home

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

By Toby Young

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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

By Toby Young

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

By Toby Young

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

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