Toby Young

Toby Young

The Case Against Lockdown: A Reply to Christopher Snowdon

The Case Against Lockdown: A Reply to Christopher Snowdon

I enjoyed reading Christopher Snowdon’s critique of lockdown sceptics (“Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks”). Chris is a lively and entertaining writer and he does a great line in withering scorn (“There is no shortage of stupidity on Twitter, but this is something different, something almost transcendent”). He posed some

Toby Young
Toby Young
COVID-19
PODCAST 90: John Lloyd on the Geopolitical Fall-Out From the Coronavirus Crisis

PODCAST 90: John Lloyd on the Geopolitical Fall-Out From the Coronavirus Crisis

John Lloyd, co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford, talks to Toby Young about the geopolitical fall-out from the coronavirus crisis. Will the Conservatives win the next UK election? Can the EU recover its authority? And is this China’s Chernobyl? John recently wrote

Toby Young
Toby Young
China
Britain's Labour Party Got Woke—And Now It's Broke

Britain's Labour Party Got Woke—And Now It's Broke

The Conservatives’ resounding victory in yesterday’s British General Election won’t come as a surprise to anyone who spent time canvassing in the ‘Red Wall.’ That’s the name given to a thick wedge of seats in the Midlands and North of England, some of which have been held

Toby Young
Toby Young
British General Election 2019
Why I Want to Start a Free Speech Trade Union

Why I Want to Start a Free Speech Trade Union

Last April, the historian Niall Ferguson called for a NATO of the pen. Inspired by the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty in which 12 Western democracies agreed that “an armed attack against one or more…shall be considered an attack against them all,” he suggested that “professional thinkers—academics, public intellectuals,

Toby Young
Toby Young
FIRE
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson

Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson

I first set eyes on Boris Johnson in the autumn of 1983 when we went up to Oxford at the same time. I knew who he was since my uncle Christopher was an ex-boyfriend of his mother’s and he had told me to keep an eye out for him,

Toby Young
Toby Young
Boris Johnson
Progressive Creationism: A Review of 'A Dangerous Idea'

Progressive Creationism: A Review of 'A Dangerous Idea'

In a recent article for Quillette, Colin Wright argued that left-wing scientific denialism poses a greater threat to academic freedom than right-wing scientific denialism. In the past, evolutionary biologists could dispute the claims of creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design without jeopardizing their careers. But the same cannot be said

Toby Young
Toby Young
Arthur Jensen
Do Parents Make a Difference? A Public Debate in London

Do Parents Make a Difference? A Public Debate in London

On Monday in London’s Emmanuel Centre a debate took place that pitted two Quillette contributors—Robert Plomin and Stuart Ritchie—against two “experts” on child psychology—Susan Pawlby and Ann Pleshette Murphy. The motion was “Parenting doesn’t matter (or not as much as you think)

Toby Young
Toby Young
adoption studies
Is Sociogenomics Racist?

Is Sociogenomics Racist?

The publication of Blueprint (2018) by the behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin has revived the old debate about whether there’s something inherently racist or right-wing about looking for biological causes of human behavior. The subtitle of Plomin’s book—How DNA Makes Us Who We Are—makes it sound as

Toby Young
Toby Young
Genetics