Spectator Out Loud: Andy Owen, Mary Wakefield and Toby Young
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On this week's episode, former intelligence officer Andy Owen gives his reflections on where we went wrong in Afghanistan - based on what he saw on the ground; Spectator columnist Mary Wakefield talks about the rise in neighbourhood crime; and Toby Young asks - why have my suits shrunk in lockdown?
Jess Gillam chats to composer and producer Toby Young about the music they love. With sparkling chamber music by Paul Hindemith, a heartbreakling aria by Henry Purcell, plus we'll dip into Motown with the Four Tops and spend some time with glorious choral music from Carlo Gesualdo.Playlist: Carlo Gesualdo – Ecce vidimus eum, Responsories from 1st Nocturn (The King's Singers)Four Tops - BernadettePaul Hindemith - Kammermusik Op.24 No.1 for 12 instruments (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly)Henry Purcell - When I am laid in earth, from Act III of Dido and Aeneas (Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev)Tigran Hamasyan – Ancient ObserverStuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma – Your Coffee is a DisasterKeeno – NocturneGiuseppe Verdi - Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (Choir and Orchestra of la Scala, Milan, Riccardo Muti)
Toby Young has his feet in two important camps: The Free Speech Union that he started after a personal cancellation nightmare, and the U.K.’s Lockdown Sceptics website that he edits. Toby and Trish ponder many of the big questions facing us all, including why the citizenry rolled over so quickly to the authoritarian dictates of governments and their “science” advisory tables, and why young people are the least pissed off about it. Harry and Meghan come in for some lumps and we unpack the tragedy of a young religion teacher hounded into hiding.
Toby Young: 'With deaths at a nine-month low, why IS Boris sticking to the roadmap?'
The Andrew Pierce Show
Andrew Pierce speaks to Toby Young on why the Government is keeping Britain locked down for seven more weeks, despite deaths and infections sitting at a nine-month low, and speaks to Royal biographer Angela Levin about a VERY Hollywood appearance by Prince Harry at the ‘Vax Live’ show. Plus, why is the Baby Boomer generation hitting the bottle in lockdown? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
TPS20 HOW TO LOSE SUBSCRIBERS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE | Toby Young
The Popular Show
We netted the Spectator and Quillette editor, and founder of the 'Free Speech Union', Toby Young, for a provocative chat about how the Right sees the Left, and how the Right sees itself. Focussing on the questions of lockdown scepticism and Britain's alleged free speech crisis, Toby provides an analysis of the Conservative Party and British liberalism that may surprise left-wing listeners. Help us continue! SUPPORT US and get loads of great free stuff: https://www.patreon.com/thepopularpod. Find us everywhere: https://linktr.ee/ThePopularShow
24: Toby Young: Police Our Streets, Not Our Tweets
Reasoned Conversations with Darren Grimes
The Free Speech Union launched in February this year and boy, oh boy, I think it’s safe to say that even back then it’s hard to imagine just how necessary the Union would become in the fightback against a daily deluge of censorship, police intervention and general madness. Darren Grimes argues that with each passing day it becomes clear that it’s not just figures, like himself, on the conservative right, that are the victims of witch hunts and in need of a union to defend them, but increasingly figures on the Left too. What can be done? What can we do about biased big tech? About non-crime 'hate'? Darren and Toby discuss the issues.
Toby Young is a writer, social commentator - and one of the most provocative voices in Britain. In his thirty years in journalism, he founded The Modern Review with Julie Burchill in 1991, has spent over two decades at The Spectator, and is associate editor at Quillette magazine. His memoir of time spent at Vanity Fair in New York, ‘How To Lose Friends and Alienate People’ was turned into a Hollywood film. In this in-depth interview, Toby argues that the government-enforced lockdown has failed to balance public health with science and the sustainability of the economy, and his motivation to campaign against these “disproportionate measures;” contends that so-called ‘cancel culture’ is a “resurgence of Puritanism,” and recalls his own ‘cancellation’ when he “lost five jobs to the Twitter mob;” his experience encouraged him to set up the Free Speech Union to support those who are, in his opinion, fellow victims of the rising precariousness of free speech.