Toby Guise

Toby Guise

Toby Guise is a London-based writer and novelist with an interest in political culture. His genes have been spliced from Simon Raven and Kyril Bonfiglioli. His novel The Gold Sands has been variously described as "the most important piece of social comment this decade" and "having nothing good to recommend it - at all." He writes comment for The American Conservative, Tablet Magazine, and Reaction; and travel for the FT and the Spectator. He lives at @tobyguise.


Jeremy Corbyn and the Politics of Conspiracy

Apr 04 2018

We live in an era where fake news is real, and real news is fake. A recent furor in the U.K. concerned the involvement of


Russia on Earth

Mar 16 2018

“God in heaven, Russia on Earth.” So say the Serbs, who have been programmed to see Russia behind every turn of good fortune. Westerners are

Church and State

Elder Dobrev, the Saint of Bailovo

True Religion

Mar 06 2018

The Icelandic state is considering a ban on child circumcision—with predictable reactions. Secular humanists claim victory while religious groups claim persecution. Yet their very reaction

Cultural Caviar

Oxfam and the Fall of the Moral Monopoly

Feb 20 2018

“Now, that represents a degree of hypocrisy I’ve hitherto suspected in you but not noticed, due to highly evasive skills.” So says the eponymous lead

British Politics

Theresa Mayday

Feb 06 2018

Britain’s international relations have acquired something of Paris in the spring of 1871. Having achieved a lightning defeat at the hands of Prussia, the inhabitants


Taylor Swift

Born-Again Virgin

Jan 23 2018

We have just witnessed a curious phenomenon in the U.K. Bloodthirsty conglomerate Virgin unilaterally withdrew the Daily Mail from its public-transport arm. A preening statement



Dec 18 2017

It’s that time of the year again. As Coca-Cola’s magic truck trundles across our televisions and Starbucks’ ubiquitous red cups punctuate the daily commute, the


Church of Saint Sava, Belgrade

Ratko Mladić and the Ghosts of History

Dec 04 2017

After hitting the skids a few years ago, I moved to Serbia. Hell, it was fun. Belgrade had been bombed in ’99. The laser-guided ordnance


A Madness at the Heart of Modern Consumerism

Nov 27 2017

The advent of a White Christmas is now heralded by Black Friday: this infamous moment when the grand coalition of Western capitalism starts whipping its


The Normalisation of Crime

Nov 20 2017

A few years ago, someone opened fire on me in St. John’s Wood. If you’re surprised, spare a thought for me. I was stepping onto


Theresa May

Equality Is a Flesh-Eating Bug Destroying the Tories From the Inside

Nov 06 2017

The ripples from Harvey Weinstein’s considerable bulk are now lapping at the Palace of Westminster. This week the British Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, resigned