Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

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…

Why I changed my mind about Catholicism

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I grew up in a traditional English family, surrounded by cousins, chivvied by aunts, presided over by my grandmother, who…

Why is no one admiring Debbie Harry’s resilience?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Debbie Harry, Blondie’s lead singer, has written a memoir in which she relates, in her usual deadpan, punk-rock way, the…

Are you tingle-minded? The rapid rise of ASMR

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I once had a flatmate called Tom, who behaved very oddly when our cleaner came round. On mornings when she…

Why do we keep pretending that children are wiser than adults?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

We’ve begun to behave as if young people are special; more virtuous and wiser than adults. It’s wrong and it’s…

Will Greta Thunberg win the Nobel Peace Prize? I really hope not

10 October 2019 9:53 pm

We’ve begun to behave as if young people are special; more virtuous and wiser than adults. It’s wrong and it’s…

The screaming souls on London’s streets

21 September 2019 9:00 am

When I first moved to London N1  four years ago, no one seemed to notice let alone discuss all the…

The reason middle-class parents are so anxious

10 August 2019 9:00 am

On that record-breaking, sweltering day at the end of July, my three-year-old son did a pirouette in the paddling pool…

Abandoning stop and search would be abandoning a generation of kids

29 June 2019 9:00 am

It was somehow inevitable that shortly after Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced a fall in violent crime, there would…

Why vegans must not own cats

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Is it ethical for vegans to own cats? It’s an interesting question because vegans look set to take over —…

Natural England is overwhelmed – and farmers are paying the price

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Last week, on the first day of the government’s ban on farmers shooting pest birds, I walked across St James’s…