Mary Wakefield

Pokémon Go? I wish it would

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…

Pokémon Go? I wish it would

28 July 2016 1:00 pm

Monday morning: one hand trapped beneath the fat and guzzling midget, with the other I idly opened the gates of…

What’s to blame for a generation’s desperation?

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…

What’s to blame for a generation’s desperation?

14 July 2016 1:00 pm

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…

The day that Brexit camped in my kitchen

18 June 2016 9:00 am

On Thursday last week, as the baby and I were moving in our usual slow circles around the house, from…

The day that Brexit camped in my kitchen

16 June 2016 1:00 pm

On Thursday last week, as the baby and I were moving in our usual slow circles around the house, from…

Great news for fatties: it’s really not your fault

2 June 2016 1:00 pm

I’ve noticed for some time now that thin people, genuinely slim ones, have a secret loathing of fatties. Kindly though…

Obama’s last great battle is in the bathroom

19 May 2016 1:00 pm

Who’d have thought that one of Obama’s last great battles would be over toilets? Last week he issued a strict…

In praise of doctors’ handwriting

5 May 2016 1:00 pm

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

23 March 2016 3:00 pm

When my unborn baby was a five-month-old fetus, twisting about in the internal dark, he was given a death sentence…

Whatever happened to ‘Snog first, talk later’?

25 February 2016 3:00 pm

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

I, robot. You, unemployed

14 January 2016 3:00 pm

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?

10 December 2015 3:00 pm

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

8 October 2015 2:00 pm

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

Is my only choice to be a cynic or a sucker?

24 September 2015 1:00 pm

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

27 August 2015 1:00 pm

It’s becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend.…

Machetes and the middle classes

30 July 2015 1:00 pm

Another stabbing in my new neighbourhood, not with an axe or with a samurai sword this time, but a machete.…

Are schoolgirls fair game for teachers?

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

Mr Malcolm Layfield, the former violin teacher at Chetham’s music school, will have been celebrating this week after being found…

Migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

4 June 2015 1:00 pm

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

7 May 2015 1:00 pm

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

9 April 2015 1:00 pm

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

Why do bright schoolgirls run away to Syria?

26 February 2015 11:30 am

How could they? How could girls brought up in the wealthy West abandon their families and their own bright futures…

Do I care about Liberia? Do you? Does Oxfam?

29 January 2015 3:00 pm

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until…

Would you put your life in the care of Dr Droid?

15 January 2015 3:00 pm

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

Why scary fairy stories are the best

11 December 2014 3:00 pm

Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around…