Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.


The Vicar of Baghdad: 'I've looked through the Quran trying to find forgiveness... there isn’t any.'

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Exiled to Hampshire by Isis bombs, saintly Canon Andrew White itches to go back to the Middle East

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Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

Young homeless man asks for help

Is our only choice to be cynics or suckers?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s all the rage to mistrust the powerful these days, to say politicians are scum, or all bankers are selfish.…

Warning! Can seriously damage your health

The contagious madness of the new PC

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Obsessive searching for hurt and offence will create it where once it never existed


‘Not to worry, just a gang killing’: the mantra of the metropolitan middle classes

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Another stabbing in my new neighbourhood, not with an axe or with a samurai sword this time, but a machete.…

Malcolm Layfield, violin teacher, has been cleared of raping an 18-year-old female student in the early 1980s (Photo: PA Images)

Are schoolgirls still fair game for teachers?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Mr Malcolm Layfield, the former violin teacher at Chetham’s music school, will have been celebrating this week after being found…

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Eritrean migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago someone very dear to me passed on a question about The Spectator, asked them by a…


In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…


Original sin makes us better people. I wish Muslims believed in it

11 April 2015 9:00 am

These days, on the subject of Islam, non-Muslims have mostly divided into two camps — though there’s a little wandering…


How do bright schoolgirls fall for jihadis? The same way they fall for Justin Bieber

28 February 2015 9:00 am

How could they? How could girls brought up in the wealthy West abandon their families and their own bright futures…

Liberia turns towards normalcy as fight continues to eradicate Ebola Photo: Getty

Do I really care about Ebola? Do you? Does Oxfam?

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until…


The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

Bluebeard giving keys to his wife, engraving by Gustave Dore, 1862 Photo: Getty

Are old fairy stories too scary for kids?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Unveils Company's New Manned Spacecraft, The Dragon V2

Do you want to go to Mars with Elon Musk?

29 November 2014 10:40 am

In the next decade or so, Elon Musk plans to fly people to the red planet. Should you go?

When Islington MP Emily Thornberry passed this house when campaigning in Rochester, was she right to think it so remarkable as to tweet a picture of it as if in shock? 

Why it's uncivilised to sneer at patriotism

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…


What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor,…


Why there’s no such thing as an Etonian

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Finally, just in the last few years I’d say, we’ve all begun to accept the role of nature in the…

Joshua Milton Blahyi in 1996

Can brutalised jihadis be saved by forgiveness?

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Could you ever torture someone? Could you, under different circumstances, in a different world (I hope) than the one which…

A perfectionist at work, 1937

The perfectionist builder I always wanted

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I have a friend who is perhaps best described by that old-fashioned phrase ‘ladies’ man’. He’s not a cad or…


Revealed: The hidden crisis in Britain's ambulance services

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Britain’s ambulance services are in crisis. When will the government notice?


The ambulance service is in a state of emergency

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Tom leant back against the bathroom wall, his face streaked with blood from the nosebleed, eyes half shut like an…

Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with the voice of his computer in 'Her' Photo: Annapurna Pictures / The Kobal Collection

The voice of Big Mother does more for women than any Twitter feminist

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Feminism in modern Britain is not for the faint-hearted. Only the smartest, mouthiest girls on the social media scene dare…


Iraq now has a crisis that even our Prime Minister can't moralise about

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it…


Save me from an Islington building nightmare

21 June 2014 4:00 am

I now know precisely how not to renovate a house


I'm a middle-class thirtysomething and I think Britain should be great again. Why is that weird?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

In my late thirties, I have become patriotic. It’s one of those things that’s happened with age, like cooking to…