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Why the British Steel crisis is not about Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

There’s a strong sense of déjà vu in this week’s steel crisis. The whole Brexit saga seems to have been…

Metro Bank was the wrong model for its place and time

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This column has long been a fan of the concept of ‘challenger banks’ offering alternatives for personal and small business…

Let’s face it, we’d steal China’s secrets if we could

11 May 2019 9:00 am

On the matter of whether former defence secretary Gavin Williamson was the real ‘H’ in Line of Duty, I admit…

Why women make better senior bankers than men

4 May 2019 9:00 am

If you’re a bloke in a suit who’d like to apply for the governorship of the Bank of England (deadline…

We need an inquiry into the Elizabeth Line farce

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If you know my personal history with Barclays, you may be wondering whether I’m for or against Edward Bramson. To…

Why passengers won’t mourn the passing of Virgin trains

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Virgin trains could be gone from the UK in November,’ blogged Sir Richard Branson from his billionaire hideaway after the…

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Germany’s economy is crashing – but its fall may help save us

13 April 2019 9:00 am

This is no time for schadenfreude — but take comfort from the fact that the UK isn’t built like Germany.…

UK business investment has nosedived – what’s to blame?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Business investment in the UK declined in all four quarters of 2018 to complete a year-on-year dive of 2.4 per cent,…

The real winner from Brexodus won’t be Frankfurt, Paris or Dublin

30 March 2019 9:00 am

How big is Brexodus — the flight of business and people from the City of London in parallel with our…

Merging two unhappy companies is a recipe for disaster

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It never works to take two unhappy companies and blend them into a bigger pile of misery. That’s the way…

What shares would a post-Brexit ‘Optimist Fund’ include?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

What’s the worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for no deal?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

What’s the very worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit? Not finance,…

The UK car industry is reversing back to the 1970s

23 February 2019 9:00 am

When I wrote a fortnight ago, in the context of Nissan’s decision not to build its new X-Trail model at…

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What would Keynes make of a looming no-deal Brexit?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘It is seldom wise to sacrifice a present evil for a doubtful advantage in the future,’ wrote John Maynard Keynes…

The Nissan move shows Britain is losing its competitive edge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Has ‘Jay’ Powell gone wobbly, or does he know something we don’t? That was the question being asked after the…

The super rich aren’t all bad – some even pay their taxes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

Nobody who’s anybody was at Davos this year. Here’s why

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Nobody who’s anybody is in Davos this week and, as usual, neither am I. World leaders from Donald Trump to…

An energy crisis is looming – but ministers are distracted by Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Transfixed as you were by Westminster chaos, did you also spot the news that Hitachi is about to cancel or…

Why Macron is happy to leave Renault’s chief shivering in his Tokyo cell

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In France after New Year, the only gilets jaunes I spotted were a rather dejected bunch near an autoroute exit.…

A seven-year winter or a pleasant 2019? Your guess is as good as mine

5 January 2019 9:00 am

A friend reminds me that she sold her house last summer because I warned her 18 months ago that Brexit…

All I want for Christmas is a City time machine

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Are smartphones fuelling a pandemic of youthful anxiety and depression? That’s the question parents will wrestle with this Christmas as…

Who’s really to blame for the Crossrail fiasco?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

There’s been a strong sense of pre-Christmas turkeys coming home to roost in this week’s news, as stories I’ve written…

How a betting business saved Stoke-on-Trent

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I wrote last week of my fear that we’ll never ‘take back control of our fish’, as Brexiteers ardently wish,…

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn was a tall nail. But was he really a bent one?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The arrest of Carlos Ghosn and the move to oust him as chairman of Nissan in Japan has stunned the…