A conservative analysis of Trump’s rise (from 2016)

Trumpism is not merely a US phenomenon 11 MARCH 2016 - 07:53 ANTHONY BUTLER WE SHOULD be worried about the rise of Donald Trump, even if he doesn’t make it all the way to the White House. Decent Americans are rightly concerned about Trump’s dalliance with white supremacy, his insults against women, Muslims and Mexicans, and …

Some thoughts on the EFF and parliament (from 2014)

A sartorial revolution to colour our politics 25 JULY 2014 - 07:15 ANTHONY BUTLER THE Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) campaign for sartorial freedom has brought a welcome upsurge in media coverage of SA’s legislatures. A ban on overalls makes no sense. Like veal calves, MPs are highly restricted in movement, spend most of their lives indoors …

Spiritual tourism in South Africa (from 2013)

Marvel at Constantia ladies and Red October 18 OCTOBER 2013 - 07:50 ANTHONY BUTLER TOURISM is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing economic sectors, a big foreign exchange earner and a major contributor to employment. But Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has recently highlighted major challenges — including air route capacity constraints, high fuel prices and visa …

The folly of good news quotas (from 2013)

No shortage of good news if one looks hard enough 11 OCTOBER 2013 - 07:54 ANTHONY BUTLER THE state broadcaster’s acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, recently reduced hardened reporters to tears, when he observed that positive news stories help nation-building: "You are building the future of the kids." Guptarian media celebrity Jimmy Manyi equally movingly …

Presidential enquiries usually change nothing (from 2013)

Presidential inquiries not intended to find the truth 16 AUGUST 2013 - 07:50 ANTHONY BUTLER AN unfortunate misunderstanding prevails in South Africa’s public life: citizens labour under the false impression that a presidential commission of inquiry is meant to uncover the truth. The commission of inquiry, an institution found in most Commonwealth countries, is an ad …

Why the electoral system should not be changed (from 2013)

Constituency elections hold too many pitfalls 26 JULY 2013 - 07:30 ANTHONY BUTLER IT IS now 10 years since the Electoral Task Team, chaired by the late Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, released its famous report on electoral reform. A Cape Town round-table discussion this week, organised by the Forum for Public Dialogue (FPD) and the University …