Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Why wouldn’t our NHS saints help a dying man?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

We all think pretty highly of ourselves these days, free from old-fashioned ideas about sin. We’re good people. And yet……

‘You’re very calm,’ said the cabbie. I wondered how much danger I was in

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I meant to get the bus, but by the time I arrived at the stop at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, I…

Why I’m telling my son about the sky fairy

10 December 2016 9:00 am

After we were married, my husband and I went on honeymoon to Mexico. We drove across country east to west,…

The children looked like a cross between the Von Trapps and the aliens in The Midwich Cuckoos

How to become a successful cult leader: offer love, and then withdraw it

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When I was 22 I met a man called Yisrayl Hawkins who said his coming had been prophesied in the…

My husband’s affair with Michael Gove, and other things that didn’t happen

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I discovered that while he should have been focused on the fight of his life during…

Just how clever are ravens? I asked at the Tower of London

22 October 2016 9:00 am

On Tower Hill, by the east wall of Beauchamp Tower where Robert Dudley was imprisoned for a year, a raven…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.…

Warning! Can seriously damage your health

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

‘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.…

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…

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…