Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

The bogus business of stigma-busting

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Our society is bristling with social stigmas, we’re told, even in the progressive West, even in London. Life is so…

The word ‘mother’ isn’t offensive. The Catholic church should say so

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’m used to waiting for the Catholic church to make sense. I’m a convert to Catholicism, and Catholic ideas sometimes…

Apple’s cowardly surrender to the mob

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, more than 2,000 employees of Apple Inc. signed a petition that led to the sacking of…

The Proustian power of handwriting

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Towards the end of April, my mum sent me a letter. She doesn’t write as a rule — we speak…

‘This was a horrible pandemic – but it wasn’t the big one’: Michael Lewis interviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Michael Lewis on the scientists who saw Covid coming – and were ignored

The islanders who met their god – Prince Philip

17 April 2021 3:00 pm

Some time around 2006 my then flatmate, a filmmaker, had a good idea: why not make a programme of reverse…

Our mental health is going up in smoke

17 April 2021 9:00 am

As we creep back into the open, as the Covid wards empty and the mental health clinics fill up, how…

In defence of Flannery O’Connor

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I have a thought for the students of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland: this Easter, why not resurrect Flannery O’Connor?…

The ‘long Covid’ time bomb: an interview with Tim Spector

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Britain’s leading epidemiologist on the ticking time bomb of long Covid

The war on cars is backfiring

6 March 2021 9:00 am

For most London-based politicians, there’s a threat that’s worse than Covid. You’ll begin to notice it as we ease out…

The case for immunity passports

20 February 2021 9:00 am

For more than 20 years, I’ve been raging away at pointless rules. When my blood’s up, there’s not a foam-flecked…

The importance of daydreams

6 February 2021 9:00 am

I miss daydreaming. It’s a small problem to have in a pandemic, but it nags at me. Laptop, cooker, home-school,…

How cults crumble

23 January 2021 9:00 am

There’s something creepy about the way we call Donald Trump fans a cult, then watch them hungrily, hoping they’ll do…

Why Merlina, the Tower of London raven, was so remarkable

15 January 2021 3:02 am

Merlin (or Merlina), the cleverest and most sociable of the Tower of London ravens is missing. It’s a bad omen…

Why can’t Justin Welby praise a Tory?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Justin Welby is having a holiday and people are unhappy about it. He plans, in May, to take a three-month…

Bring back Westminster Abbey’s bells

10 October 2020 9:00 am

It took me several weeks, after returning to the Spectator office, to work out what was missing. It wasn’t the…

The dark side of ‘cute’ culture

12 September 2020 9:00 am

I have become allergic to ‘cute’, bad-tempered biddy that I am. Cuteness and the requirement to be cute have spread…

The dismal rise of the modern elopement

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I didn’t realise how attached I was to the traditional British wedding — the whole messy, pricey, drunken business —…

How the Catholic church betrayed the dying

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Of all the sad and surreal things to happen in the past few months, the Catholic church’s decision to abandon…

The pandemic’s invisible victims

4 July 2020 9:00 am

I sometimes pick up some food at Tesco for an 86-year-old pensioner who lives a few streets over. At the…

Are you a lockdown eel or a pygmy goat?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

I identify strongly with the garden eels in the Tokyo aquarium. Pre-corona, they were perfectly sociable. Come opening hour, when…

Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

I had thought that actually getting the coronavirus would bring clarity — that there would be some satisfaction in meeting…

The world of make-believe is stranger than we realise

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Last summer, in the bc era, I took my then three-year-old to a new group play session: ‘Lottie’s Magic Box.’…

Why did no one believe Johnny Depp?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

When it was first reported that Johnny Depp had been hit and pelted with crockery by his slight, blonde then…

Vampire squids are killing Britain’s B&Bs

18 January 2020 9:00 am

More and more of us are staying home for our holidays — but even so, our small hotels and B&Bs…