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