Toby Young, one of the UK’s most controversial broadcasters and journalists, is to visit Jersey on Wednesday 10 October, as guest speaker at the CONNECTion Breakfast Seminar held in The Grand Hotel & Spa.
Mr Young is an associate editor of The Spectator, where he has written a weekly column since 1998, and a political columnist for The Sun. He founded the West London Free School, the first free school in England to sign a funding agreement with Michael Gove.
After a successful career as a ‘professional failure’ his book – How to lose friends and alienate people – about failing to take Manhattan was turned into a Hollywood movie starring Simon Pegg and Megan Fox. The sequel, The sound of no hands clapping, is the tale of trying to get the first book turned into a film.
Toby’s career has included co-founding and editing the Modern Review with Julie Burchill, writing for Vanity Fair, being appointed the Spectator’s theatre critic by his old university friend, Boris Johnson, and working regularly in New York and Las Vegas.
He is a regular guest on TV and radio programmes including Question Time, the Today programme, Any Questions, the Daily Politics and the Review show.
Toby will be talking to his audience about his diverse experience, and commenting on Jersey’s political status as viewed by the powers in Westminster.