Mary Wakefield

An odd new feeling has crept up on me – sympathy for the police

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Spring has come to my local park in its usual way. First the magnolias, then the cherry blossom, then the…

Has Virgin trains lost the plot?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Twelve minutes till the train. That had seemed like quite enough time as I approached the Virgin ticket machine. Two…

Commitment-phobic men are the real reason women are having children later

10 March 2018 9:00 am

We are becoming a nation of older mothers. The average age at which a woman has her first child is…

‘Peacekeepers’ abuse the girls in their care, yet no one is ever punished

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week, women working for the UN became the latest to join the #MeToo gang, and for all the eye-rolling…

For some girls, therapy does more harm than good

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In the churchyard by the church near my grandmother’s house, there’s a tombstone with an inscription that’s haunted me since…

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

The iciness at the heart of the #metoo movement

11 November 2017 9:00 am

On rolls the Harvey Weinstein horror show with no finale in sight. The next episode looks likely to star Uma…

Calling Stephen Paddock a 'lone wolf' isn't racist

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock committed mass murder in Las Vegas and the FBI is still casting…

Gentrification is far from our biggest problem

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The late afternoon sun fell on the anomalous pine trees of Gillett Square, London N16, and on the wooden decking…

If gender stereotypes are an invention, why do we all freely conform to them?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Later this year, the Advertising Standards Authority will reveal to the world their list of rules designed to wipe out…

My son and the back-crackers of Harley Street

19 August 2017 9:00 am

All along Harley Street, charlatans and medical experts have set up side by side with no obvious way to tell…

Sex, lies – and a stolen Stradivarius

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Because I’d been reading about Stradivarius on the bus home, my helpful iPhone suggested a related story: the Totenberg Ames…

How to banish the scary jihadi monsters

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Saturday evening in Durham. My in-laws and I had just begun our usual postprandial shout about Donald Trump when my…

Why are district nurses quitting in droves? Because they care too much

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes, on Sundays, I visit Richard, a friend who’s 95 and lives alone. The idea originally was that I’d be…

The gang in our park have united us... in impotence

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The baby, unbothered by diesel fumes, enjoys an outing down the main road through London N1. Each passing bus is…

The mad, bad crusade against 'cultural appropriation'

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s usually best to ignore the indignant fury of the 21st-century young. We’re used to them now, these snowflakes, posing…

What will you do in the gene-editing revolution?

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The only time I ever saw a wolf in the wild, a small one, I was so frightened that I…

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,…

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…