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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…

Why workers on boards is a stale red herring

3 December 2016 9:00 am

‘We’re going to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well,’ Theresa May declared in July.…

May and Hammond’s promises to business are just window-dressing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May likes to give a kitten-heeled kicking to conference audiences, even when they are police officers or her own…

In Houston, even the oil men won’t admit to voting Trump

19 November 2016 9:00 am

 Houston, Texas It’s hard to find anyone in polite society here who admits to having voted for Trump, even among…

Can anything make online banking truly hacker-proof?

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s an electronic device on my desk that looks — through its bubble- wrap — like a cheap miniature calculator.…

Why Philip Hammond should be getting ready to break up RBS

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The new series of The Missing is surely the gloomiest television of the year. But it has nothing on the…

I still think Big Bang hurt the City – but it’ll survive even Brexit

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As the 30th anniversary of Big Bang loomed, I found myself back at the scene of my City demise. Ebbgate…

What can Theresa May really promise Nissan?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

I wrote last month that a key test of Brexit success will be whether Nissan is still making cars here…

Brexit will hurt in the hotels of Majorca – but not the private peninsula

15 October 2016 9:00 am

This column comes from Puerto Pollensa in Majorca, my favourite off-season watering-hole. The hotel is full of elderly Daily Mail…

The best answer to the Brexit vote: more jobs and more houses

8 October 2016 9:00 am

‘I rang and said can I have a council house, I’ve nowhere to go, an’ the bloke said no you…

If Deutsche Bank goes down without a bailout, I really will eat my hat

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Can anyone seriously imagine the German state and corporate establishment allowing the bank that bears their country’s name to go…

A free vote on Heathrow? Don’t be so wet, Prime Minister

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Hinkley Point — for all its flaws and the whiffs of suspicion around its Chinese investors — has finally received…

The new world of work is a jungle — but don’t call workers ‘animals’

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The TUC general secretaryFrances O’Grady doesn’t get a lot of airtime. Compared with predecessors a generation ago, such as Vic…

Theresa May’s student crackdown will cost post-Brexit Britain dearly

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In the post-Brexit landscape whose shape was barely glimpsed in G20 discussions at Hangzhou, one thing is clear: soon we’ll…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…