Martin Vander Weyer

Martin Vander Weyer is business editor of The Spectator. He writes the weekly Any Other Business column.

The car industry is accelerating towards an electric future

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Back in November, when Downing Street’s pandemic responses looked daily more incompetent, the announcement of a ban on sales of…

The City is losing its battle with Brussels and Amsterdam

20 February 2021 9:00 am

No sign of progress towards a workable deal with the EU for financial services, on which news is due next…

Why it’s a good time to invest in a pub

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s obvious from the body language of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey that negative interest rates — much talked…

The Reddit rampage is a sign of market turmoil ahead

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Reddit story — in which a ragtag army of small investors have executed a spectacular short squeeze against hedge-fund…

Business rebirth is always possible – with the right help

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The online fashion retailer Boohoo is buying Debenhams without its stores and staff, confirming the demise of the high street.…

My stamp duty solution for the Chancellor

23 January 2021 9:00 am

On the Wednesday in early July when Rishi Sunak announced a temporary increase from £125,000 to £500,000 in the stamp…

Sell bitcoin, buy Tesla

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Which is madder, bitcoin at $41,500 — oops, make that $31,000 on Monday — or Tesla shares at $880 apiece?…

The Brexit deal has left the City to fight for its own future

9 January 2021 9:00 am

‘This Article shall not apply with respect to financial services.’ That’s what it says on page 92 of the EU-UK…

My fateful appearance at the Bank of England’s Christmas drinks

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Tidings of comfort as the vaccination programme advances, but shortage of joy. That’s my summary of a season in which…

Can Mike Ashley defy high street reality?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Separating heroes from villains in the great retail survival struggle is like spotting bent coppers in Line of Duty —…

Philip Green will be remembered as a nasty stain on capitalism

5 December 2020 9:00 am

There really isn’t much left to be said about Sir Philip Green as his Arcadia fashion empire collapses into administration,…

The Co-op Bank isn't worthy of its name

28 November 2020 9:00 am

We’ve heard a lot this week about infrastructure spending, and how much more will be needed if the UK is…

If taxes must rise, Sunak should pick on private equity instead

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s not axiomatic that taxes must rise to pay for the pandemic, if you seriously believe the surge in growth,…

China’s rockstar-of-tech has fallen foul of Xi

14 November 2020 9:00 am

FTSE indices soared as the Biden Bounce met vaccine euphoria, underpinned by the Bank of England’s announcement of another £150…

Ruthless Ryanair could show us the future of aviation

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Aviation, nuclear power and public transport — along with good restaurants, golden retrievers and hand-knitted bed socks — are, as…

What’s the point of trying to break up ‘big tech’?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The ‘antitrust’ law suit launched by US authorities against Google has been reported as a potential turning point in the…

Who’d want the job of vaccinating the nation?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel — or a second lockdown thundering unstoppably towards us? News…

Why now is the perfect time to invest in art

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The Bank of England has told commercial banks to prepare for the possibility of negative interest rates. This last hypothetical…

The Blackburn brothers who are bringing Asda home

10 October 2020 9:00 am

What a triumph of entrepreneurial empire-building — if that’s still an acceptable phrase — is the £6.8 billion acquisition of…

Could ‘clean tech’ save the aviation industry?

3 October 2020 9:00 am

What advice can I offer Alok Sharma, who took a pasting in the weekend press for his lacklustre performance as…

It’s not all fluffed lines: the serious business of amateur dramatics

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The greatest pain of lockdown has been, for me, the absence of am-dram. In one half of my life I’m…

The end of the line for the rail franchise fiasco

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Good riddance to the passenger rail franchise system which has finally been killed off by Covid, though a majority of…

The Japan trade deal shows how desperate we are for investment

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A small cheer for Liz Truss’s treaty with Japan. It is, says the official press release, ‘the UK’s first major…

Wrecking the Brexit talks won’t help our fishermen

12 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Every country has a political problem with its fishermen,’ wrote Peter Walker, the Conservative minister who negotiated the first effective…

Now get off your sofa to help save the arts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Along, cold weekend brought a haul of business news more bad than good. The worst was from aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce,…