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Why David Cameron is best placed to win the crucial Ikea vote

2 May 2015 9:00 am

If Ikea were a constituency, it would be a three-way marginal. That was my thought one morning last week as…

Why so many bankers secretly like Labour’s non-dom proposal

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The interesting thing about Labour’s pledge to abolish non-dom tax status — a squib designed to trap Tories into expressing…

How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil,…

A Greek default is coming – as soon as next month

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Bored with the election? Switch over to the Greek debt drama. In this week’s cliffhanger, silver-tongued finance minister Yanis Varoufakis…

Airport wars: why I'm betting on Gatwick

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Easter is a good time to talk about airports — or perhaps a bad time, if you bought your Spectator…

So the FTSE100 has finally broken its record – it’s still not doing nearly as well as executive pay

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index has at last breached 7,000, surpassing its peak of 30 December 1999 and provoking moderate celebration among…

Here’s what a real reform of business rates would look like

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Of all the measures talked up ahead of the Budget, the reannouncement of a ‘radical’ review of the business rates…

Won’t someone please unleash the challenger banks?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In my Yorkshire town of Helmsley the NatWest branch, originally an outpost of Beckett & Co of Leeds, has closed…

Watch out: Standard Chartered is even trickier to manage than credit default swaps

7 March 2015 9:00 am

One day you’re an elder statesman, chairing top committees and pontificating on Question Time, and the next you’re out in…

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’…

Why Switzerland should have listened to Hong Kong on currency pegs

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The Swiss National Bank usually ticks away as quietly as one of its nation’s more expensive timepieces, but when the…

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for…

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

What to expect in business in 2015 (probably not the Triumph of Probity, Honour and Prudence)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

You might recall a column I once wrote about a party at the Wallace Collection. It took place in late…

How do I ever get speaking gigs? I’m guessing it goes like this…

13 December 2014 9:00 am

To Brighton, to address a conference of property investors. Unusually, I find myself programmed alongside both Gerard Lyons, City economist…

Cheap oil has finally arrived – and it looks like being a disaster

6 December 2014 9:00 am

This oil price slump is turning into a ‘black swan’: one of those economic events that seem to come from…

Forget corporate social responsibility: just do a proper job

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A theme of this autumn has been conversations about corporate reputation and how it is guarded or lost. To name…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on…

What British start-ups are still missing

8 November 2014 9:00 am

This issue includes the new Spectator Money supplement, in which I hope you’ll find a bouquet of stimulating ideas. The…

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…