Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Pub culture, antiquarian books and a civilization in free fall

As an Edwardian reactionary trapped by clerical error in the body of a Millennial, I’ve become inured over my 33..

By David Butterfield

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ten steps to make Love Island truly representative

How refreshing to see the BBC publish a story that says what everyone has been too afraid to declare aloud:..

By David Butterfield

Friday, 6 July 2018

Weekend Essay: Why fear an idea?

Something odd has happened to opinions. Yes, we’re all grimly familiar with the stories – real and apocryphal – about..

By David Butterfield

Thursday, 22 February 2018

What happened to Dinopolis?

“It’s fair to say that no-one knows quite how Dinopolis came into being. The Pyrites say the city emerged –..

By David Butterfield

Friday, 24 November 2017

Time to historically purify our names and the alphabet

Britain has seen several recent petitions seeking to rename institutions that bear the hallmarks of our problematic past. Such edifices..

By David Butterfield

Monday, 21 August 2017

Obsessive fear of risk is killing personal responsibility

“What idiocy!” – the Remainers keep warbling – “what sheer stupidity to vote for Brexit without knowing what’s going to..

By David Butterfield

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Manchester Bee: the defining image of the Mancunian character

Thousands of Britons are responding to the unspeakably disgusting events of Monday night by a small but powerful gesture of..

By David Butterfield

Monday, 10 April 2017

In praise of eclecticism – via the buzzer

Here’s one for you. Intended to “promote the quest for knowledge, not gain,” what institution, founded in 1962, still fills..

By David Butterfield

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Getting the measure of leisure

It used to be simple: we worked to pay the bills and secure in turn the freedom to enjoy life..

By David Butterfield