Mary Wakefield

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…

My friend’s death taught me what Easter really means

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The bravest thing I’ve ever seen was 93-year-old Albert’s decision to die and the days after in which he stuck…

There’s an arms race underway – between headphones and musak

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I live with a ghost, or rather, I share an address with a man who’s been dead for many years.…

The scent of London has changed: all I can smell now is cannabis

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Fewer people are smoking cannabis these days, down to 1.4 million from two million, they say. I say, if you…

I admit it – I’m a smartphone addict

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I am often extremely dismissive of people immersed in their smartphones. I tut at the mole-ish pedestrians who step out…

What Mills & Boon can teach us in the age of #MeToo

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In celebration of its 110th birthday, I downloaded a Mills & Boon — The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress — and…

Yes, we London cyclists really are a nasty lot

6 October 2018 9:00 am

One morning a long time ago, when the Spectator offices were still in Bloomsbury, I hopped my bike up onto…

It’s time to take on the paedophiles

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Abusing children is one of the most terrible things men do. We all agree about that. And I think we’re…

Why dismiss a Catholic priest for being Catholic?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

They’re just kids! What’s your problem? This has become the default reaction of a whole raft of clever people to…

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint? It has been troubling me for years now.…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

After decades in London, I still long for home. Is that too Brexity?

5 May 2018 9:00 am

As I get older, and particularly after having a child, I feel myself unexpectedly drawn back to the countryside I…

An odd new feeling has crept up on me – sympathy for the police

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Spring has come to my local park in its usual way. First the magnolias, then the cherry blossom, then the…

Has Virgin trains lost the plot?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Twelve minutes till the train. That had seemed like quite enough time as I approached the Virgin ticket machine. Two…

Commitment-phobic men are the real reason women are having children later

10 March 2018 9:00 am

We are becoming a nation of older mothers. The average age at which a woman has her first child is…

UN ‘Peace-keepers’ abuse the girls in their care, yet no one is ever punished

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week, women working for the UN became the latest to join the #MeToo gang, and for all the eye-rolling…

For some girls, therapy does more harm than good

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In the churchyard by the church near my grandmother’s house, there’s a tombstone with an inscription that’s haunted me since…

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

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…

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…

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…