Martin Vander Weyer

Martin Vander Weyer is business editor of The Spectator. He writes the weekly Any Other Business column.

(Photo: Getty)

The US is being tough on EU trade – but not as tough as it’ll be on us

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Should we care two hoots whether negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, pronounced ‘Tee-tip’ by cognoscenti) has…

Fuel pump

Sorry, but Opec won’t back up this oil-price rise

27 August 2016 9:00 am

How many Olympic medals did Opec win? The answer (though I’ll bet no one else has bothered to work this…

I'm drained financially

It’s right to ‘line shareholders’ pockets’ before fixing pension holes

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The revelation by actuarial consultants Lane Clark & Peacock that 56 of the supposedly blue chip companies in the FTSE 100…

(Photo: Getty)

Want to cut top pay, Mrs May? Start with the bank you own

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May sent a strong message to the corporate world when she criticised the ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap’ between…

Hinkley Point (photo: Getty)

Theresa May’s right: we need China’s money, not their friendship

6 August 2016 9:00 am

There are reasons why Theresa May might harbour doubts about the Hinkley Point nuclear project — chiefly its unproven French…

Sir Philip Green (Photo: Getty)

Rough justice, but MPs have got Sir Philip ‘Shifty’ Green bang to rights

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Not even your quixotic columnist is prepared to mount a full-on defence of Sir Philip Green this week, following the…

SoftBank CEO and Chairman Masatoshi Son (Photo: Getty)

The Arm deal is definitely good for Softbank. For Britain? Not so much

23 July 2016 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why Arm Holdings, the UK’s only global-scale internet technology company, looked worth a quick £24 billion bet…

(Photo: Getty)

Even businessmen agree with Theresa May’s anti-corporate rhetoric

16 July 2016 9:00 am

I spent Sunday at the Sage Gateshead watching an epic performance of Götterdämmerung (I declare an interest, as a trustee…

(Photo: Getty)

Don’t count the Brexit doom-mongers out yet

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I enjoyed the Daily Mail’s lambasting of the Financial Times as ‘panic-monger-in-chief’ for its doom-laden post-Brexit tone: ‘Is it determined…

Money-EU-punt

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

2 July 2016 9:00 am

My column calling Brexit campaigners ‘hooligans’ and ending ‘Reader, I voted Remain’, caused quite a stir — coinciding as it…

(Photo: Getty)

Entrepreneurs have the answer to voter insanity

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Good news: ‘My sources in the Gulf tell me they’re poised with big cash to buy into sterling, UK equities…

BRITAIN-EU-POLITICS

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

AOB---GETTY

Happy birthday Barclaycard — even if you turned out to be a time-bomb

11 June 2016 9:00 am

‘In years to come we shall be able to claim that we pioneered in this country the general everyday use…

French President Francois Hollande (Photo: Getty)

Hollande equals Thatcher? If only

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever tried discussing the merits of gun control with a Texan, or of deregulated labour markets with a…

iStock_000014306310_Small

Smokers are paying for your pension

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Axa will no longer invest in the tobacco industry: the French insurance giant will sell €184 million of shares and…

space-race-high-res

Give to your kids, give to charity, and don’t leave too much to the taxman

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Plan ahead for what you’ll leave behind

George Osborne visits the Crossrail site (Photo: Getty)

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

iStock_000090874271_Small

Brexit is already hurting growth – and George Osborne won’t mind a bit

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Has the shadow of Brexit already cost us a slice of GDP — and if so, is it a blip…

Royal Bank of Scotland

Scrapping RBS’s brand is a start. Now break it up

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Royal Bank of Scotland is at last about to dump the ‘RBS’ logotype promoted by its fallen chieftain Fred Goodwin,…

(Photo: Getty)

The death of investment banking as we know it? Bring it on

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Oh woe. Investment bank profits are evaporating after a disastrous contraction of trading revenues reflecting zero-to-negative interest rates, weak commodity…

The finance ministry warn us if Britain leaves the EU its economy could be six percentage points smaller than it would otherwise have been by 2030 (Photo: Getty)

Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (Photo: Getty)

Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

Ratan Tata (Photo: Getty)

Why Ratan Tata is still Britain’s greatest inward investor

9 April 2016 9:00 am

If asked to pick the UK’s inward investor of the century so far I would, without hesitation, name Ratan Tata,…

(Photo: Getty)

George Osborne still deserves praise for his Living Wage

2 April 2016 9:00 am

It was unfashionable of me to write in praise of George Osborne on Budget day. I did so, you may…

Ministers Attend The Launch of The Vote Leave Campaign

Among people I meet, the ‘remain’ campaign is edging the Brexit debate

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In every gathering, someone — often me — calls for a show of hands on Brexit. And I have to…