Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Monkey business: Jane Goodall

An exceptional new film about Jane Goodall unearths a remarkable love story

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There are times when our national passion for cutting people down to size is a little tiring. I left Brett…

The iciness behind 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…

The universal credit crunch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It only dawned on me in late summer just how terrible our new benefits system, universal credit, might be both…

Calling 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…

Savage beauty

5 October 2017 2:00 pm

Could it, at times, be frustrating to have taken one of the world’s most famous photographs? Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’…

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…

Oh brave new gender-fluid world…

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…

The end of brotherly love

19 August 2017 9:00 am

You can never completely leave a religious cult, as this strange and touching memoir demonstrates. Patterns of thinking, turns of…

Beware the back-cracker quacks 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…

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…

In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…

Original sin makes us better people. I wish Muslims believed in it

11 April 2015 9:00 am

These days, on the subject of Islam, non-Muslims have mostly divided into two camps — though there’s a little wandering…