Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

If only Tom Cruise would ditch his cult

18 June 2022 9:00 am

I keep reading that Tom Cruise is the Last Great Movie Star, as if he’s some noble but endangered animal.…

The nonsense world of emotional support animals

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Sometimes an event or a phenomenon is so perplexing and so terrible that it’s best not to deal with it…

How did we fall for the junk science of forensics?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

I grew up in the golden age of forensic science, at a time when expert witnesses were becoming celebs, each…

Our children are at breaking point – and it’s our fault

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I think it’s time we stopped scaring the children. I think they’ve had enough. They’re at breaking point now, every…

The myth that Russia and Ukraine are fighting over

12 March 2022 9:00 am

It seems strange now that any of us ever imagined that Putin might not invade. He thinks of Ukraine as…

Women-only train carriages insult us all

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Sooner or later, somewhere in the UK, we’ll have trains with women-only coaches. It’s an idea which keeps rolling around,…

Is Britain heading for an opioid crisis?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Almost everyone here that I’ve spoken to about it assumes that the opioid crisis in the United States won’t ever…

Why must younger generations constantly ‘work on themselves’?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If I could lift one thing from younger generations, unpeel one idea from their anxious minds, it would be the…

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s death and the problem of evil

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Since I first read about the torture and murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, I’ve had what feels like an A-level…

How to spin a storm

11 December 2021 9:00 am

If, in the days after Storm Arwen, the north of England began to suspect that the south didn’t much care…

Has Covid turned us into a nation of hermits?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If there’s one thing I misjudged completely, it’s how creepy and long-lasting the effects of lockdown on all of us…

The dangerous pleasure of hating men

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have Netflix, and in particular the series Maid, to thank for the startling discovery of how easy it is…

Why I left the Church of England: an interview with Michael Nazir-Ali

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Michael Nazir-Ali on his decision to join the Catholic church

How would making misogyny a hate crime have helped Sabina Nessa?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m not sure very many of our politicians, the London Mayor or even the Met can really be said to…

Is it cruel to crush your child’s dreams?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I think it’s for the best if we ban all children’s books containing the word ‘dream’. Dream big, little dreamer,…

What’s the harm in opening the church doors?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The end of summer 2021, the end of the great British staycation. I sat on the grass outside the post…

How Nextdoor became the new Neighbourhood Watch

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Long before the official numbers began to rise, back in 2014, it was clear that knife crime was on the…

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?…