Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Please, Cameron – no moral grandstanding over Iraq

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…

Why don't my generation care if Britain fails?

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…

How the Suzuki method changed my life

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Do you ever wonder, as your little darling balks at doing her violin or piano practice again, what all the…

Being rich makes you mean: here's proof

10 May 2014 9:00 am

It’s all the rage these days to worry about the growing gap between rich and poor. Our fretting was fuelled…

Is there any part of human life that hasn't been turned into a medical condition?

26 April 2014 9:00 am

When Greg, my old uni pal, came to stay from NYC he brought with him an extra bag for his…

Theresa May's right: the police need radical reform. Here's why

12 April 2014 9:00 am

One fine morning early this year I had tea with Stephen Greenhalgh, Boris’s pleasant if perspiring deputy mayor for policing,…

In defence of self-deprecation

29 March 2014 9:00 am

I think the ancient English art of self–deprecation may be dying. I don’t mean self-deprecation in its distorted and most…

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I never thought I'd write about wallpaper. But I'd never seen wallpaper like Marthe Armitage's

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Every night, while my husband reads by screen-light, my mind runs like an invisible rat two miles north to the…

Libya is imploding. Why doesn't David Cameron care?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

A few days ago I went to a talk about Syria; one of those events for the concerned layman, in…

Would you let parents destroy ‘gay’ embryos?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Because I’d like to have a child, and I’m getting on a bit, my husband and I have spent time…

Why did Theresa May deport my homeless friend?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I’ve heard some excellent things about our Home Secretary, Theresa May. People who work in her department say she’s bright…

Hearts - the next stage of the 3D printing revolution

1 February 2014 9:00 am

I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and…

The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

18 January 2014 9:00 am

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva,…

Notes on…Sicily

7 September 2013 9:00 am

It could be, in Sicily, there comes a time when you’ve had your fill of seaside calamari and cheap white…

Revealed: how exam results owe more to genes than teaching

27 July 2013 9:00 am

New research by Professor Robert Plomin shows genes are more important than we like to think