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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
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
I toyed with the idea of pretending I had been in a fight the next time someone asked about my injuries
Science & Tech
New rules from a leading journal do not bode well
Any winner who expresses support for a political cause during their speech should have to forfeit their award
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
At last, a Jordan Peterson vs. feminist debate that isn’t an absolute bloodbath
Journalism is pure madness
We’re all thought criminals now
The death of Mid-Atlantic Man
So you’ve been canceled. Here’s how to fight back
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