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Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Ambulance-melting

Revealed: The hidden crisis in Britain's ambulance services

30 August 2014

Last month I wrote about the weird exodus of paramedics from London’s ambulance service. Flies would blanch at the rate they’re dropping, and so I was curious — and also… Read more

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The ambulance service is in a state of emergency

19 July 2014

Tom leant back against the bathroom wall, his face streaked with blood from the nosebleed, eyes half shut like an owl. ‘I’m passing out,’ he said. Then his legs gave… Read more

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

5 July 2014

Feminism in modern Britain is not for the faint-hearted. Only the smartest, mouthiest girls on the social media scene dare join the fray — in print, in blogs, on Twitter… Read more

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

21 June 2014

If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it is impossible to paint in simple terms, as a battle… Read more

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Save me from an Islington building nightmare

21 June 2014

On the first-floor landing of my new house stood Martin the structural engineer, giving an inch-wide crack the sort of look one adult gives another’s wayward child. His eye ran… Read more

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

7 June 2014

In my late thirties, I have become patriotic. It’s one of those things that’s happened with age, like cooking to freeze, plumping cushions and thinking policemen look too young. My… Read more

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The Suzuki method didn’t make me a great violinist. But it did change my life

24 May 2014

Do you ever wonder, as your little darling balks at doing her violin or piano practice again, what all the pain is for? All those battles, and then when she… Read more

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Being rich makes you mean: here's proof

10 May 2014

It’s all the rage these days to worry about the growing gap between rich and poor. Our fretting was fuelled by Capital in the 21st Century, by the French economist… Read more

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

26 April 2014

When Greg, my old uni pal, came to stay from NYC he brought with him an extra bag for his pills: vitamins A, B, C, D, zinc, magnesium, selenium, ginseng.… Read more

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

12 April 2014

One fine morning early this year I had tea with Stephen Greenhalgh, Boris’s pleasant if perspiring deputy mayor for policing, and discussed the two great crime mysteries of the 21st… Read more

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In defence of self-deprecation

29 March 2014

I think the ancient English art of self–deprecation may be dying. I don’t mean self-deprecation in its distorted and most exported form: pug-eyed rogues like Hugh Grant getting away with… Read more

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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

Every night, while my husband reads by screen-light, my mind runs like an invisible rat two miles north to the house we’re rebuilding in Islington. And there it scurries from… Read more

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

15 March 2014

A few days ago I went to a talk about Syria; one of those events for the concerned layman, in which a panel of experts give a briefing. Everything sounded… Read more

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Would you let parents destroy ‘gay’ embryos?

1 March 2014

Because I’d like to have a child, and I’m getting on a bit, my husband and I have spent time recently with consultants. They’re an odd breed with distinct and… Read more

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Why did Theresa May deport my homeless friend?

15 February 2014

I’ve heard some excellent things about our Home Secretary, Theresa May. People who work in her department say she’s bright and hard-working, and that she runs around on her hamster… Read more

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Hearts - the next stage of the 3D printing revolution

1 February 2014

I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and I have to tell you, it’s weird. Imagine this: it’s 2025… Read more

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The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

18 January 2014

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva, I’ve been making a list of those players in the… Read more

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The 3D printing revolution

30 November 2013

Did you know we were in the middle of another industrial revolution? Perhaps, like me, you’ve been too busy fretting about house prices and thinking about dinner to notice. Well,… Read more

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Notes on…Sicily

7 September 2013

It could be, in Sicily, there comes a time when you’ve had your fill of seaside calamari and cheap white wine. The sheer thrill of lying on a beach without… Read more

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Revealed: how exam results owe more to genes than teaching

27 July 2013

How pleasant it is to live in the 21st century, enlightened, no longer scared of science. We can marvel at the diversity of life with David Attenborough; face the vastness… Read more

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Cold comfort

2 February 2013

  An emergency shelter funded by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been opened to offer a lifeline to rough sleepers in the capital whenever three consecutive nights of… Read more

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Stop the drugs war

12 January 2013

‘They’re all bad, our politicians, all corrupt,’ said Maria, her cheery face dissolving into distaste. What about the new president, Peña Nieto? I ask. ‘That pretty boy? Ugh!’ It was… Read more

The fire next time: a protest in Sidon, southern Lebanon, following the Beirut bombing

‘Die slowly, Christian dog’

27 October 2012

There is one main road stretching north-south along the Bekaa valley between Lebanon and Syria. It runs in a beeline from the prosperous little city of Zhaleh, on through a… Read more

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Mexico notebook

15 September 2012

Four a.m. Something was triggering the motion-sensor on the outside light. One minute, darkness, the next, a window-full of flailing palm leaves, bright with rain. I blinked for a bit,… Read more

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‘Drone warfare is coming’

4 August 2012

Quite soon, it will be impossible to ignore the fact that a revolution is taking place. You’ll look up one day and the skies will be full of flying robots:… Read more