Martin Vander Weyer

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

Pipeline politics: what happens if Putin cuts off Europe’s gas?

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The price of Brent Crude oil was hovering at $100 a barrel as Germany halted approval of the controversial Nord…

Bad news, Governor: the wage-rise spiral is already raging

19 February 2022 9:00 am

I’ve had the opportunity recently to take part in wage-rise discussions for several small entities in which I’m involved. The…

Why windfall taxes are a rotten idea

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Annual profits of £9.5 billion at BP this week followed a £20 billion jackpot at Shell last week, thanks to…

The ghosts that could come back to haunt Blair

5 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m picturing Sir Tony Blair enjoying a fitting of his Garter robes after watching Boris Johnson stagger through PMQs. ‘I’m…

What’s really behind the crypto crash

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Market turmoil’ looks set as the theme of the week, so let’s take a close look at a trading arena…

The TV licence is a dead duck

22 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Tell me we’re winning the media battle!’ I imagine Unilever boss Alan Jope barking at his team on Tuesday, following…

Hunterston’s closure is the nuclear accident no one noticed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

So farewell, Hunterston B, the nuclear power plant on the Firth of Clyde that shut last week after 46 years’…

Will the energy price spike bring down Boris?

8 January 2022 9:00 am

What does the new year have in store for consumers — and families trying to make ends meet? A stumbling…

Gastro-nomics: a foodie’s guide to a changing world

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Twice recently I’ve been asked my opinion of ‘Doughnut Economics’. The first time, I was tempted to cover my ignorance…

Don’t strand Cambo until our energy future is secure

11 December 2021 9:00 am

If the phrase ‘stranded asset’ hasn’t yet entered your vocabulary, here’s a useful example of what it means. The 178…

For industry, the pandemic isn’t over yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

‘So you think it’s all over? Ho ho ho!’ That’s the message from Satan’s dark laboratory (twinned with Wuhan’s) where…

Why you should be wary of buy now pay later

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Are you logged on to Klarna, Clearpay, Laybuy or Zilch for your Black Friday shopping binge — or are you…

Shell’s Dutch departure is a boost for the city of London

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The scrapping of most of the eastern leg of HS2, originally planned from Birmingham to Leeds, is a news item…

Andrew Bailey has been a bitter disappointment

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Andrew Bailey looks increasingly beleaguered

Bankers, not Greta, will save the planet

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have observed before how useful really big numbers can be in response to crises: when US treasury secretary Hank…

Don’t let China’s climate sins cloak its crushing of Hong Kong

6 November 2021 9:00 am

China’s failure to bring anything new to COP26 surprised no one. The world’s worst carbon emitter offered no advance on…

Why paying more dividends could save the planet

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Climate emergency demands action, not rhetoric. So, on the eve of COP26, which UK news item promises to deliver the…

Prince Harry is surfing an investment wave

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Does the economist David Blanchflower — who I described as the Bank of England’s ‘resident wacko’ during his 2006-09 tenure…

Why we should all start hoarding cash and loo rolls

16 October 2021 9:00 am

If there’s anyone in Britain who knows how to keep grocery shelves stacked, it’s former Tesco chief executive Sir Dave…

Why stamp duty doesn’t add up

9 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Blame it all on business’ was the Tory strategists’ answer to petrol queues and the risk of a no-turkey Christmas…

Why scrapping business rates is a bright idea

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A worthwhile policy proposal amid the Labour conference dogfight? Now there’s a surprise. But shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’s scheme to…

Is government preparing to shake the magic money tree again?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Will my bath water still be hot by Christmas? That’s not a question I’d normally feel a need to share…

The government should be helping, not hindering, start-ups

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I’m hugely enjoying meeting the finalists for The Spectator’s Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. This year’s bumper entry was…

What tea with the WI taught me about responsible investment

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Late-breaking exam results: many of the City’s top fund managers have failed a vital test of ‘stewardship’ — defined for…

How to solve the looming pigs-in-blankets crisis

4 September 2021 9:00 am

This is getting serious. Never mind global shortages of microchips, plastics, copper and container ships; now we’re running out of…