David Butterfield

Reaction Contributor


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

We live in a (mobile) phoney democracy

Grim times bring grim realisations. And few things are grimmer than Bercow’s Paradox. How is it that John “progressive change-maker” …

By David Butterfield



Friday, 18 January 2019

Are Love Hearts fit for purpose in 2019? An Exclusive Interview

There’s a bittersweet truth in the world of confectionery: one of the nation’s playground favourites is starting to leave a …

By David Butterfield



Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The logic of Brexit leads to no deal

Yes, yes, these are febrile, frenetic times, where the political stakes are undoubtedly the highest they have been for some …

By David Butterfield



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