Business

Blame Tony Blair for Labour’s new stupidity about wealth

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Labour's attitude to wealth is sliding back into the 1970s - and Tony Blair's new career is one reason why

What to expect in business in 2015 (probably not the Triumph of Probity, Honour and Prudence)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

You might recall a column I once wrote about a party at the Wallace Collection. It took place in late…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

Why are students of curation being taught to ignore the public and be suspicious of enterprise?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The world exists and then it disappears, piece by piece, the gaps widening until one age is replaced by another,…

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on…

The subversive wonders of Kilkenomics – where economics meets stand-up

15 November 2014 9:00 am

‘What is a Minsky moment, anyway?’ asks Gerry Stembridge, an Irish satirist. ‘I’ve been reading about them in the papers…

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…

The fightback against wackiness starts here

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Forced, studenty wackiness has taken over our culture. It’s time to take a stand

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014 9:00 am

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…

Storm warning: the world economy’s October troubles aren’t over yet

18 October 2014 9:00 am

October is always a turbulent month, and I’m feeling uneasy about this one. The FTSE100 index, which looked set to…

Yes, Wonga lent at shocking rates – but it was customers who lied

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Payday Lady is not trading at this time,’ says her website, sounding a little like La Dame aux camélias. Indeed (since…

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street…

Rona Fairhead will be good for the BBC – but who was so keen to nobble her rival?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC…

It’s not just left-wingers who think the bosses’ pay boom is unhealthy

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at…

The man who could sell the British public on fracking

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Iain Conn, who will succeed Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of Centrica, would have been a dead cert for the…

I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will…

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police…

How the internet can – and should – destroy estate agents

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The internet can – and should – bring it about

Are we killing investment banking? And if we are, should we care?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Do we really mean to kill investment banking, or are we trampling it by accident in a fit of righteous…

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant…

When I pick the right share, I shout about it. And here’s what I do when I get it wrong...

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I get it right, I shout about it. And when I get it wrong? Well, just between us…

Any other business: Turn down those token directorships, girls, and tell them you want to be chairman

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Last Saturday was International Women’s Day, but we celebrated early in Helmsley when my Yorkshire home town was featured in…

Where I’m looking for the next great banking blow-up

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A reader likens me to Dr Pangloss, the quack philosopher in Voltaire’s Candide who insisted that ‘all is for the…

Any other business: The £1 bet that built a 1,000-strong company

8 February 2014 9:00 am

At a charity lunch in Manchester, I meet a cheerful ‘engagement manager’ from AO.com, formerly Appliances Online, a fast-growing internet…