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Why I’m sad to see Barclays in the dock, and astonished to see John Varley there

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Regular readers know I have an umbilical connection to Barclays, because my father spent his working life there, I was…

Theresa May thought she didn't need business. She should think again

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Take no notice of the resilience of the FTSE100 index, which, having reached record pre-election highs, shed barely 100 points…

The Board of Trade won’t boost exports if business conditions aren’t right

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The last limp gambit of the Tory campaign was a promise to revive the Board of Trade. As a way…

BA’s disaster plan failed as soon as the smoke started coming out of its servers

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The science of ‘disaster recovery planning’, together with the related art of ‘crisis PR’, is a core discipline of 21st-century…

Yes, Fred Goodwin will get off lightly, but RBS investors should settle

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Fred Goodwin off the hook again,’ declared the Scottish Daily Record. That neatly summed up one strand of sentiment behind…

Step up Boris – you’re just the man to be housing supremo in the next cabinet

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Who should be housing supremo in what we all assume will be Mrs May’s new administration? Brandon Lewis and Gavin…

The economy isn’t all roses, but that’s no reason not to vote for Theresa May

13 May 2017 9:00 am

As the election campaign goes into full swing, we hear surprisingly little about the state of the UK economy —…

Why Theresa May should make binding shareholder votes on pay a manifesto promise

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Will executive pay pop up in Theresa May’s manifesto? An objective of her snap election is to secure a larger…

Instead of capping prices, why don't the Tories come up with a serious energy policy?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Is capping domestic energy prices an equitable way to help the ‘just about managing’, or an electoral gimmick with a…

Disaster vs chaos for France’s economy – or will the French Tony Blair win?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The lovely Dordogne village of St Pompon that is my holiday hide-away has only 350 voters, but is a perfect…

A whistleblower mystery that illuminates the banking sector’s inner turmoil

15 April 2017 9:00 am

What troubled places banks have become, I thought as I listened to two news stories, one concerning a formal reprimand…

Is Donald Trump a man we can do business with? An insider’s verdict

1 April 2017 9:00 am

How good a businessman is Donald Trump? Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, since barring death or impeachment he’ll be the…

Why Google’s still not doing the right thing

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Shortly before agreeing, early last year, to pay token back taxes on a decade’s worth of UK-generated profits, Google also…

Charlotte Hogg belongs to boardrooms’ real endangered species

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

Why I doubt the warm words about Vauxhall and Brexit

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Budget week also turned out to be a week of notable deals. PSA, French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, went…

London Stock Exchange picked the wrong year for a pan-European merger

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The marriage of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse may not be stone dead but that’s the way to…

We should all be glad that Unilever saw off predatory robot Kraft Heinz

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I was sorry Kraft Heinz’s £115 billion bid for Unilever collapsed so fast — unveiled on Friday, it was dead…

One good thing about bank closures: they could give the Co-op a new job

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

Trump vs British banks

4 February 2017 9:00 am

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

Is Mrs May’s industrial strategy just another misguided missile?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s heralded ‘industrial strategy’ was robbed of headlines by the story of the misguided Trident missile. But it…

Oxfam don’t understand the rich — but they still have a point

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I’ve objected before to the fact that supporters of Oxfam shops are unknowingly funding not only an aid charity but…

Inflation creeps back in, like the forgotten whiff of cigarette smoke

14 January 2017 9:00 am

From supermarkets to superyacht builders, sales figures are remarkably buoyant: consumer debt may be rising too, but no one can…

Will disgruntlement prevail again in 2017?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Most of my predictions for 2016 were wrong; so let’s not revisit them. But I was right, in January, to…

Whatever happened to Sir George? A festive finale to an eventful year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Many (well, several) of you asked me what happened to George, the supermarket chairman who was the anti-hero of my…