Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Oxfam reaches a new, sneakier low

2 March 2016 16:50

Here’s a new low for Oxfam, or rather a different, sneakier low. Three times in recent months I’ve been telephoned…

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Twenty years on, I’m homesick for the Christian cult I left

20 December 2015 11:08

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

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Patriotism isn’t uncivilised – it’s what makes civilisation possible

23 April 2015 11:16

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

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

15 January 2015 10:18

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

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This is how you can fight the Taleban

17 December 2014 18:26

The murder of over a hundred children by the Taleban in Peshawar left people furious but also frustrated. What can we…

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Revealed: why paramedics are fleeing the NHS

28 August 2014 9:50

I can’t blame bigwigs in the NHS for the meltdown of our 999 service. It’s fundamentally our own fault that…

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Libya is imploding. Why doesn’t Cameron care?

27 July 2014 4:23

The US has said it has temporarily evacuated its staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli over security concerns. Earlier this…

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The incredible, inspiring story of the man who ran ‘the greatest race of all time’

22 July 2014 17:30

In the middle of a troubled and brawling world: some hope and inspiration. In last week’s edition of The Spectator…

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A pundit for a PM

8 July 2014 17:51

A new Coffee House competition: who can identify the most pointless comment on events made by our PM? You’ll be…

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Please David Cameron, no moral grandstanding over Iraq this time

17 June 2014 17:53

A preview of Mary Wakefield’s column in this week’s Spectator… If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of…

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How ISIS took Mosul

11 June 2014 10:29

How did ISIS, the blackest-hearted and most dangerous of Islamist groups take Iraq’s second city, Mosul, so easily? The lesson…

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Tony Benn 1925 – 2014: a politician who actually believed in people

14 March 2014 7:47

The former Labour Cabinet Minister, author and long-serving MP Tony Benn has passed away today, aged 88. In 2009, our…

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Would you screen for the ‘gay’ gene?

27 February 2014 10:21

How would you feel about a couple doing IVF just in order to find the embryos most likely to to…

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The drones are coming!

3 December 2013 15:11

Amazon is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers — whatever next? Well, the Spec can tell you exactly…

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The Lady lives on

23 October 2013 19:00

Margaret Thatcher’s memory may be fading a little in England, but at least it still burns bright in Stanley. Here’s…

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An improvement on Lord Finkelstein’s Syria analogy

28 August 2013 11:37

As Freddy Gray points out, Danny Finkelstein has wheeled out a very odd argument in the Times today (£), in…

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Do Tiger Mothers have any effect at all?

26 July 2013 8:55

Remember all the fuss about ‘tiger-mothering’ sparked by Amy Chua’s book: Battle-Hymn of the Tiger Mother?  Mothers around the world…

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To infinity and beyond! George Osborne invests in space plane

16 July 2013 9:36

Hooray for George Osborne! I never imagined I’d ever write those words, but George has done his country a great…

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The tragedy of Taksim square

12 June 2013 17:38

First he set the police on his own people, now ‘democratic’ Prime Minister Erdogan is refusing even to meet them.…

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Mexico must legalise drugs

14 January 2013 17:56

For the last six months or so, officials on both sides of the US/Mexico border have had their fingers crossed…

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Can you help Andrew Mitchell?

10 January 2013 16:22

Andrew Mitchell, formerly of DFID, urgently needs Coffee Housers’ help. It seems he won’t believe DFID wastes money, unless he…

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Entertaining Dr Murdock – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2000

28 August 2012 16:29

The Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for the year 2000 was won by Mary Wakefield. The judges included Antony Beevor; Patrick…

Should most orphanages be shut down?

13 October 2011 15:00

The Spectator’s deputy editor, Mary Wakefield, recently visited Rwanda to investigate the work a charity called Hope and Homes for…

In this week’s Spectator

4 August 2011 19:16

The Spectator this week contains a brilliant piece on the crisis in Somalia by our Kenyan columnist Aidan Hartley. The…

A (slightly belated) Birthday message for Prince Philip

11 June 2011 21:16

The Spectator is very proud to be the purveyor of a long-distance birthday message to Prince Philip, who turned 90…