These days, Vesco the fugitive fraudster would have had a top job on Wall Street
The Chariots of Fire moment that revealed Gordon’s 10p tax timebomb
Martin Vander Weyer says that we resent the growing power of countries which shrewdly invest the wealth from their natural resources. We had North Sea oil, and we blew the lot
I think I’ve spotted the ‘trash and cash’ merchants, dining at Mayfair’s best tables
What scrapes ice, picks locks, tempts shoppers - and bolsters shaken banks?
In the end, they may have to auction what’s left of Northern Rock on eBay
Martin Vander Weyer on the next thing to cause heartburn in the financial markets.
Oh Boy. If you thought the Société Générale saga was beyond belief – today we learn that Eurex, the derivatives exchange, had been trying to warn the French bank for two months about Jerome Kerviel’s extraordinarily large trading volumes – then I invite you to contemplate the £274 million loss clocked up on hedging transactions by Mitchell & Butlers.
Network Rail’s performance is poor enough to test an archbishop’s patience, writes Martin Vander Weyer
Martin Vander Weyer reflects on yesterday's extraordinary general meeting of Northern Rock shareholders and assesses what hopes the shareholders should place in their board.
Martin Vander Weyer wonders whether 'City spivs' are responsible for the current economic turbulence.
Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury will guarantee lending from other banks to Northern Rock is last ditch bid to avoid having to nationalise the bank. But in truth, most of the best options were closed off by inaction back in September.
Martin Vander Weyer draws lessons for company directors from the morality tale of a long-forgotten City scandal which blighted the life of a celebrated Edwardian grandee
‘How’s business?’ I asked the Mr Big of commercial property in a city somewhere north of Watford Gap last week. I won’t say which city, because this Mr Big is so big there – his logo is on office block after office block – that he would be instantly identifiable.
Does anyone actually resign anymore? Nowadays a resignation is regarded not as a final act but as a temporary career break and that’s bad for business.
Sir Richard Branson's critics dismiss him as a PR hound but Branson is a lot more than just a flashy front-man. Martin Vander Weyer assesses his business record.
Do falling beer sales indicate a recession is on the way?
With Alistair Darling coming under increasing pressure after the loss of the personal data of twenty-five million people by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Martin Vander Weyer reviews how Darling and Gordon Brown have also moved into the firing line in the whole Northern Rock debacle. They along with its employees and shareholders now have the most to fear from the crisis.
Is prison reform an economic issue, as well as a moral and social one? Well, if it’s uppermost in my…
I like to think I was the first (indeed I may have been the only) journalist to have been invited…
Martin Vander Weyer on waiting for a train and his youthful radicalism
Martin Vander Weyer on why more is better when it comes to guest books
‘A triumph for the European Commission’ (as USA Today chose to describe it) is not something usually to be celebrated here. But yesterday’s finding by the European Court of Justice against Germany’s ‘VW law’ – protecting Volkswagen against takeover via a blocking minority vote held by the state – really does look like a blow for greater dynamism, industrial synergy, and efficient use of capital throughout Europe.
The concentrated aroma of — how shall I put it — deep piggy doo-doo that wafts through your car window…
Over the past 20 years or so, I have found myself almost continuously on the client side of building contracts, large and small, domestic, corporate and charitable, in four different countries: Britain, France, Hong Kong and Japan. It is an activity in which optimism is rarely justified by experience: builders the world over tend habitually to under-estimate the time required for any task, to have trouble with supply chains, to misread architects’ plans, and to fall off ladders and take time off to recover