Martin Vander Weyer

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

The pleasures of the Dordogne

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Call me a trencherman or worse, but I tend to think of the Dordogne as a giant restaurant-cum-farm shop, set…

Martin Vander Weyer: How many times must we save the City?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Top of my Christmas reading pile is Saving the City by Richard Roberts, a new account of the largely forgotten…

Lord Bamford on why JCB is staying independent

30 November 2013 9:00 am

‘If I can’t see a factory from up here,’ I mutter to myself, throwing the car round an uphill bend…

You'll probably find this book about the ruthlessness of Amazon at a sharp discount on Amazon

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Do you love Amazon? I have to admit that I do, and that I buy books from it far more…

Martin Vander Weyer: The Reverend is just a funny sideshow — here's who to blame for the Co-op mess

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The naughty Reverend Flowers will be a comic footnote in the history of the financial crisis — but no more…

Ireland's back, and luck had nothing to do with it

16 November 2013 9:00 am

My man in Dublin calls with joy in his voice to tell me ‘the Troika’ — the combined powers of…

Now the economy is recovering, is it a good idea to buy Poundland shares?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Satan seizes control of saintly bank’ would be a fair summary of much of the coverage of the deal that…

Martin Vander Weyer: Arise, Sir Jim, the hero of the Grangemouth affair

2 November 2013 9:00 am

You know my theory that Unite leader ‘Red Len’ McCluskey is a Conservative secret agent? Well, having watched events at…

Martin Vander Weyer: The BBC should replace Robert Peston with Grayson Perry

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Prediction, as Mervyn King once observed, is ‘a stab in the dark’. Who can say with confidence where the wholesale…

Martin Vander Weyer: Cut it out, America. This is not Hollywood

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Some say it’s natural optimism that makes the Americans so different from the British, and some say it’s a lack…

Notes on … Skiing in Switzerland

19 October 2013 9:00 am

There’s a myth in the Spectator office, which I’ve never discouraged, that I’m Yorkshire’s answer to Franz Klammer — a…

Martin Vander Weyer: Bad news for pawnbrokers. Is that good news for the rest of us?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

While attention has focused on the sudden ubiquity and alleged iniquity of payday lenders, boom and impending bust has infected…

Martin Vander Weyer: Freeze gas bills, freeze fuel duty – and one day we'll all freeze in the dark

5 October 2013 9:00 am

‘We need successful energy companies in Britain, we need them to invest for the future,’ said Ed Miliband in his…

Making It Happen, by Iain Martin - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Fred Goodwin’s descent from golden boy of British banking to ‘pariah of the decade’ would be the stuff of tragedy…

This isn’t a property bubble – it’s a reason to improve London’s transport

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Everyone —including me, if I’m honest — has been talking about a new property bubble. But is it for real?…

Bet on Royal Mail, not Twitter

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Royal Mail delivers to 29 million UK addresses; last year it generated £9 billion of revenues, of which £324 million…

Welcome back, TSB: your founder’s spirit is alive and well and living in Airdrie

14 September 2013 9:00 am

A big hello to the revived Trustee Savings Bank — the spin-off of 631 Lloyds branches that were going to…

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

A windfall tax on monster basements could solve London’s housing problem

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The mega-rich are best housed behind high fences, on wooded estates patrolled by dogs; that way, they don’t have to…

Unpaid internships turned me into a banker – but I still think they’re a good thing

24 August 2013 9:00 am

My thanks to ‘AndyB’, the only reader who posted an online comment on my column last week. It was ‘Don’t…

Back off, nimbyists, or fracking will benefit Beijing more than Balcombe

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The fracking debate has been brought to a new heat by David Cameron’s message to Home Counties nimbyists and eco-crusties…

Whisper it, but the big banks are finally getting their houses in order

10 August 2013 9:00 am

By and large it was a good week for the big banks — underpinned by encouraging news from the wider…

Dear Justin Welby – here’s how you can really take on Wonga

3 August 2013 9:00 am

I’ve been in the pulpit again, this time to salute the centenary of the death of Charles Norris Gray, a…

The free market didn’t kill Detroit: blame bad managers and worse unions

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One of the best articles I ever commissioned as an editor was an account by James Doran of a road…

Don't blame the baby boomers - they had it tough too

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here’s a competition for you: ‘The most irritating discussion on Radio 4 in the past month.’ Answers in not more…