Richard Branson

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…

It was a hot weekend for takeover deals – and cycling

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The bank holiday turned out to be a hot one, not least in the takeover arena. First, Shire Pharmaceutical accepted…

The US Treasury shows London how to cold-shoulder Putin’s cronies

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

What goes up: Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is also capable of landing and being reused

Watch this space: why billionaires are launching extraterrestrial adventures

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Billionaires are pouring cash into interplanetary travel. Is it a black hole — or the next big thing?

Richard Branson at Davos (Photo: Getty)

Fraser Nelson's Davos diary

30 January 2016 9:00 am

For years, I’ve wondered why so many clever people go to Davos to discuss topics as meaningless as ‘the new…

Robert Peston has got it all wrong about ties —viewers want broadcasters to look humbly respectful

3 October 2015 8:00 am

When Robert Peston, the economics editor of the BBC, interviewed George Osborne on television in an open-necked shirt with collar…

We Are Many reviewed: does anyone think this anti-Iraq War film will change anything?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Big-screen documentaries never change the world. Blackfish has not shortened the queues to see maltreated killer whales leap through hoops…

The trouble with Kids Company

14 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s a favourite charity of David Cameron and many celebrities. But does it do what it claims to do?

You can still book your flight to Mars

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Space to dream Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights has suffered a setback after a prototype craft crashed. But…

No, Richard Branson, our greatest achievements don’t come from our greatest pain

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Explaining the death of a pilot testing a Virgin Galactic rocket-ship, Sir Richard Branson intoned: ‘I truly believe that humanity’s…

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…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

Is the US using bank fines to bring allies into line against Russia?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Here’s one for all you conspiracy nuts out there, prompted by readers’ comments on my recent item about whether BP…

Tom Bower’s Diary: Resuming hostilities with Richard Branson

27 September 2014 8:00 am

This week marks another milestone in my 15-year battle with Richard Branson. Ever since he unsuccessfully sued me in 1999…

Peter McKay’s diary: Is Kate and William’s Scottish trip a pro-union initiative?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Having dampened local republican ardour during their recent tour of New Zealand and Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…

Richard Branson deserves (some) respect

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Tom Bower’s first biography of Sir Richard Branson, in 2000, was memorable for its hilarious account of the Virgin tycoon’s…