Mary Wakefield

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…

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

22 November 2014 9:00 am

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

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

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

Why there’s no such thing as an Etonian

11 October 2014 9:00 am

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

Is forgiveness a weapon in the war on terror?

27 September 2014 8:00 am

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

19 July 2014 9:00 am

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

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

5 July 2014 9:00 am

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

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…

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,…