Martin Vander Weyer

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

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…

Rishi’s stamp duty gimmick did little but help greedy builders

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Hundred — some sort of pimped-up cricket tournament, I gather — passed me by entirely, but I’ve been admiring…

Head back to the office – it’s your patriotic duty

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Give or take a few leader-writing shifts and editing projects, I’ve been working from home for the past 30 years,…

Why I swapped my country pile for a tiny London pad

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Why I’ve gone back to city life

Why filling Santa’s sack will cost more this year

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey looks increasingly uncomfortable as inflation notches upwards from ‘nothing to worry about’ towards the…

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…

Is the airline ‘booking surge’ a load of hot air?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Be glad you’re not in Dr Mike Lynch’s shoes. A London judge has ruled that the founder of the Cambridge-based…

The clever radical who led the City’s transformation

24 July 2021 9:00 am

It’s a vivid example of unintended consequences that the swimming-pool builders of southern England should owe so much to Sir…

Could hydrogen power turn air travel green?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Have you been scanning airline websites for exotic destinations to which your double-jabbed status might allow you to slip away…

Will a John Lewis home be up Boris and Carrie’s street?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The Financial Times carried a curious story at the weekend about ‘the secretive process to elect the Lord Mayor of…

The Nicola Sturgeon effect on house prices

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon depresses me and seems to be having the same effect on Scottish house prices. In a housing market…

Why private equity sharks are shopping at Morrisons

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The late Sir Ken Morrison — founder of the eponymous supermarket chain that’s the latest UK target for US private…

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…

Suddenly used cars are hot property

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Companies should willingly pay tax wherever they generate profits — this column has long argued — because it’s fair they…

Will the new breed of retail investors cash in – or crash out?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Feed the ducks when they’re quacking’ sounds like advice from a foie gras farmer — but let’s leave gastronomy till…

Who cares who runs the railways? We just want them to run on time

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The long-awaited review of the railways by former British Airways executive Keith Williams chugged past the platform of public debate…

Is Farrow & Ball’s business model flaking?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The happiest thing that happens in May is the coming into leaf of my long beech hedge. The shift from…

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…