Business

Why Channel 4 shouldn’t be privatised

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Enough of stagflation forecasts, each more frightening than the last. Enough – for now – of energy policy sermons, as…

How to post a parcel without leaving your house

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a useful tip. Go to the Royal Mail websiteand you can ask your postman to collect letters or parcels…

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…

Has Macron shot France's energy industry in the foot?

21 January 2022 4:15 am

Gas prices are soaring. Europe could be about to witness electricity shortages. Power companies are collapsing by the day, and,…

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’…

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…

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…

What’s really behind the net-zero zealotry of big businesses?

30 October 2021 9:00 am

What’s really behind the net-zero zealotry of big businesses?

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…

We'll all pay the price for reckless energy firms' gambling

21 September 2021 3:00 pm

You know that mate of yours who is always boasting they pay way less for energy than you because they’re…

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…

Is it time for a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a patriotic proposal: let’s form a Dad’s Army of lorry drivers, of which the Road Haulage Association reckons there’s…

What do oven chips have to do with virtue signalling?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Why does virtue-signalling matter? It’s a fair question. After all, if people display virtuous behaviour, need we care about their…

Foreign opportunists are turning Britain into a corporate car-boot sale

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The snatching of a 12 per cent stake in BT by French entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, last seen here when he…

The pandemic’s transatlantic divide in executive salaries

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Consider a temporary cut in executive salaries’ was the Confederation of British Industry’s advice to members at the start of…

The insidious creep of corporate friendliness

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The insidious creep of corporate friendliness

The importance of gossip (according to the ancients)

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Gossip appears to be good for the mental health. That should make the females of the ancient world some of…

Can John Lewis and Waitrose really remain partners?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Historians of unforeseen crises talk about ‘chaos theory’ and the ‘butterfly effect’, in which a small perturbation far away —…

Are Wall Street’s ‘Spacs’ about to make waves in the City?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

This column generally takes a sceptical view of financial novelties and gimmicks. So my antennae have twitched in recent days…

The case for keeping business taxes low

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why should business pay tax at all? That’s a provocative but forlorn question to ask in Budget week. Business pays…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from the vaccine rollout

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Barely a year has passed since Rishi Sunak’s first Budget. Its centrepiece was a £30 billion stimulus designed to calm…

How stupid do the script writers of Sky’s Devils think we are?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a worried question I want to plant in your head: when is TV drama going to start depicting the…

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…

What were the GameStop investors actually buying?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Best before The government plans to introduce labels on domestic appliances informing consumers how long they are likely to last.…

John DeLorean: man of mystery – and full-blown psychopath

30 January 2021 9:00 am

DeLorean: Back from the Future was one of those documentaries — for me at least — that takes a story…