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Should an advocate of eugenics be allowed to run a publicly-funded school?

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Toby Young is a prominent Conservative columnist and co-founder of the West London Free School. As well as touting himself as a Tory candidate in the run-up to the last General Election, he has written for Party websites in support of Tory education ‘reforms’, and is so much a fan of Boris Johnson that he’s even bet Nigella Lawson £15,000 that the London mayor will be Conservative leader by 2018.

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Much like Johnson, Toby Young promotes his views in the guise of the ‘pillock’; forever half-joking and openly advertising his propensity to gaffe, as a kind of cover for likely outlandish or offensive statements. This evasive character was amply on show in his ‘memoir’ How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

However, given his media voice, Young’s political opinions are neither private nor funny. They are even less amusing when we consider his role in running a ‘free school’ – the Tory-promoted scheme handing control of…

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