Mary Louisa “Polly” Toynbee is a British journalist and writer. She has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998.Toynbee previously worked as social affairs editor for the BBC and also for The Independent newspaper.
She is vice-president of Humanists UK, having previously served as its president between 2007 and 2012. She was also named Columnist of the Year at the 2007 British Press Awards.
“If they are the sovereign and we are the subjects, we are subject to the absurdity of this extraordinarily ordinary family, who had, after all the highest education available, ended up being so very little intellectually interested in anything, beyond the polo and corgis.”