Mary Wakefield

Without patriotism, there’s no civilisation

20 November 2014 3:00 pm

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

Why are kids making posters for their GCSEs?

23 October 2014 2:00 pm

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

There’s no such thing as an Etonian

9 October 2014 2:00 pm

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?

25 September 2014 1:00 pm

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

The ambulance service is in a state of emergency

17 July 2014 1:00 pm

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

The reassuring triumph of Big Mother

3 July 2014 1:00 pm

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

Good luck finding goodies and baddies in Iraq

19 June 2014 1:00 pm

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

Confessions of a thirtysomething patriot

5 June 2014 1:00 pm

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

22 May 2014 1:00 pm

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

Power really does corrupt: here’s scientific proof

8 May 2014 1:00 pm

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

When did life become a medical problem?

24 April 2014 1:00 pm

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

10 April 2014 1:00 pm

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

27 March 2014 3:00 pm

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

Kidnaps and killings in Cameron’s happy place

13 March 2014 3:00 pm

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?

27 February 2014 3:00 pm

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

Why was my homeless friend deported?

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

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

Unravelling the mysteries of the printed heart

30 January 2014 3:00 pm

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

Father Paolo’s personal peace process

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

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