Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

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Fear of seeming racist is enabling female genital mutilation

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Do you remember Alan Kurdi, the poor, drowned three-year-old whose photograph provoked a wave of sympathy for migrants almost exactly…

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The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

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How playing Pokémon Go nearly made me lose my mind

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Monday morning: one hand trapped beneath the fat and guzzling midget, with the other I idly opened the gates of…

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What’s to blame for a generation of desperation?

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…

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The day that Brexit camped in my kitchen

18 June 2016 9:00 am

On Thursday last week, as the baby and I were moving in our usual slow circles around the house, from…

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Stop lecturing fatties – it’s really not their fault

4 June 2016 9:00 am

I’ve noticed for some time now that thin people, genuinely slim ones, have a secret loathing of fatties. Kindly though…

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Why is Obama so obsessed with transgender toilet rights?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Who’d have thought that one of Obama’s last great battles would be over toilets? Last week he issued a strict…

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I used to back Jeremy Hunt’s digital NHS plan. Now I know it’s a disaster

7 May 2016 9:00 am

My baby and I excel at blood tests. He (tiny, jaundiced) stretches out naked under the hospital’s hot cot-lamps like…

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The scan said my baby wouldn’t live. It was wrong

26 March 2016 9:00 am

When my unborn baby was a five-month-old fetus, twisting about in the internal dark, he was given a death sentence…

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The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

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I, robot. You, unemployed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

One evening last autumn, four experts in the field of artificial intelligence arrived in Westminster with an urgent message for…

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Am I a brave cult survivor, too?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

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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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…

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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.…

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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

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‘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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…