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UK National Debt Hits 1 Trillion

What’s keeping the banks buoyant?

25 May 2013

‘The central bankers have won,’ a senior City stockbroker said to me this week with an air of resignation. ‘There’s no point fighting them. Investors are doing as they’re told.’… Read more

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Reshoring: how jobs came flooding back to America

16 February 2013

It is 20 years since the US presidential candidate Ross Perot railed against globalisation, warning of a ‘giant sucking sound’ as millions of jobs left America and went to foreign… Read more

A catalogue of credit-crunch cant

24 September 2008

We live in frightening times. Markets are in freefall; economies are in turmoil; the financial system is on the brink. People want simple explanations and easy answers. They want to… Read more

Time to start putting clients first again

11 June 2008

On the face of it, I picked a bad week to volunteer to write about the rebirth of gentlemanly capitalism. My thesis was that the credit crunch would lead to… Read more

A fundamental crisis of credibility

2 April 2008

During the boom years, it was fashionable to say that London owed its success as a financial centre partly to the quality of its regulation. Thanks to the Financial Services… Read more

Farewell to Scottish & Newcastle …

6 February 2008

Usually the passing of a major UK company into foreign ownership — and with it the ending of British pretensions to global leadership in another industry — is the cue… Read more

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The Liberal Democrats’ sound money man

28 November 2007

I met Vincent Cable recently at a dinner party with a mixture of City and business bigwigs: a few FTSE-100 bosses, a smattering of hedge-fund tycoons, the odd private-equity baron.… Read more

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The Tories no longer understand the City

26 September 2007

Simon Nixon says David Cameron’s Conservatives must stop sending out such mixed signals if they want to establish serious credibility with the business community Gordon Brown has done many things… Read more

A very expensive drop of Scotch

23 May 2007

Driving through the pretty towns of Speyside, as I did last week, it’s hard to believe you’re at the centre of a booming global industry. As the road follows the… Read more

The Irishman, the Dutchwoman and the Indian who put the home team to shame

27 December 2006

It says something about how cosmopolitan the City has become that, for my money, the three winners of my personal ‘people of the year’ awards are an Irishman, a Dutchwoman… Read more

The City’s new boom market: philanthropy

15 November 2006

As we approach the festive season, spare a thought for the children of billionaires. These are joyless times for those holding out for an inheritance. As they climb aboard the… Read more

Where’s the beef? What Cameron has to do to win the business vote

27 September 2006

Simon Nixon says the Conservatives should start saying a lot more about tax cuts and deregulation and a lot less about ‘work–life balance’ To see where business stands in the… Read more

Say no to protectionism — and let’s get down to business with Claudia Schiffer

21 June 2006

The World Cup is not really my bag, but already it’s done its bit to pep up my GWB (that’s ‘general wellbeing’, for those not yet fluent in Cameron-speak). Eleven… Read more

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Jumping on the low-fat bandwagon

10 May 2006

Simon Nixon says food companies will make money out of the government’s obsession with obesity – and consumers will pay Sometimes life really does imitate art. It’s less than 10… Read more

The end of Britain’s economic miracle

3 December 2005

Simon Nixon on what happens when North Sea oil runs out — and we have to do without the drug that fuelled the boom years The New Labour spin doctor’s… Read more

Bring back Beeching

2 August 2003

Simon Nixon says that we must build more motorways – and scrap railway lines Perhaps the most important discovery I have made over the last few years is that the… Read more

Whistling in the dark

5 July 2003

Power cuts and rolling blackouts are about as Old Labour as rising taxes and paranoia about spooks, so it should come as no surprise that astute observers of the political… Read more

It’s not the oil, stupid

21 June 2003

These are tough times to be a Middle Eastern despot, so perhaps it is understandable if a few of them feel a little paranoid right now. Iraq is under foreign… Read more

Why the Tories backed the war

17 May 2003

Tories are used to getting blamed for many things, but to be blamed for a Labour Cabinet minister’s lack of principles is surely a first. That was their fate at… Read more