Martin Vander Weyer

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

Drill down and it’s obvious: the fracking debate was lost long ago

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Five years ago this week, George Osborne as chancellor announced a scheme to place tax revenues from shale gas fracking…

Sajid Javid has become the doormat Chancellor

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Mario Draghi, who retired as president of the European Central Bank this week, was arguably the first holder of that…

Is living at sea the best way to escape this Brexit nightmare?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The first time I was ever commissioned by the Daily Mail, the voice on the phone said: ‘You used to…

Why I welcome the collapse of Facebook’s currency

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When Facebook announced details earlier this year of a global digital currency called Libra — backed by a roll call…

Are Boris’s hedge-fund pals conspiring to ‘short the UK’? I doubt it

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Minding my own business at 67 Pall Mall — the private members’ club favoured by oenophile West End hedge-fund managers…

Why Downing Street still hasn’t named a new Bank governor

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Private secretary: ‘The Bank of England governorship, Prime Minister… opposition MPs have been saying it’s a political stitch-up and calling…

At least Thomas Cook’s fall allows ministers to look in control

28 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s not obvious that the state has a moral obligation to repatriate holidaymakers whenever a tour operator goes bust, as…

An oil price spike doesn’t mean a recession is on the way

21 September 2019 9:00 am

An oil price surge from $60 to $72 per barrel, as happened after the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq…

WeWork is no more than an overhyped and overstretched landlord

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Long ago in my investment banking days I had a glimpse into the mind of the British Airways long-haul pilot.…

The PPI scandal ends at last – but the nuisance calls will keep coming

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Of all the stains on the reputation of UK banks, the PPI scandal is surely the most shameful, the most…

Now is the wrong time to tackle rising boardroom pay

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The average FTSE 100 chief executive earned £3.5 million last year — 117 times the £29,574 pay of the average…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (Getty)

Why you can’t let Brexit affect your life

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A couple with a first baby sought my advice: they had accepted a low offer for their cramped London flat…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

Should we be sad or happy that the pound has buckled?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

A wave to the FT team whose weekend feature on how the pound has been hit by fears of no…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (Getty)

Why Rishi Sunak is the one to watch in parliament

3 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Turbocharging’: sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Two weeks ago, I noted that our incoming PM had deployed this power-word — with…

Has the gin craze reached its zenith?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The list of business leaders who have damaged their careers with a single word famously begins with Gerald Ratner, who…

Should we all be alarmed by Boris?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was editor of this magazine and MP for Henley, I was with him at a Tory…

Deutsche Bank is a parable for our mad modern era

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Among the numbers attached to the restructuring of Deutsche Bank announced by Chief Executive Christian Sewing this week, the 18,000…

The titanic battle between the former Tesco chiefs

6 July 2019 9:00 am

How surprising to read one former Tesco chief, 82-year-old Lord MacLaurin, badmouthing another, Sir Terry Leahy. The surprise is because…

Facebook’s new currency is not to be trusted

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Friends of former Barclays chief executive John Varley — I don’t mean ‘people who speak to the media on his…

Is Green’s deal with his creditors the beginning of another scandal?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a palpable urge elsewhere in the media to see Sir Philip Green come to grief, whether as a result…

The Woodford saga reminds us that we should never be seduced by star stock-pickers

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Hounds are baying for the blood of former star investment manager Neil Woodford, whose shrinking funds have closed for withdrawals.…

In favour of nationalisation? Take a look at Network Rail

8 June 2019 9:00 am

We don’t hear enough about Network Rail these days. By that I mean that the entity recently described by the…

Should we fear Facebook’s cryptocurrency?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The cryptocurrency winter has turned to spring: having slumped from $20,000 in late 2017 to $3,200 a year later, bitcoin…

Why the British Steel crisis is not about Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

There’s a strong sense of déjà vu in this week’s steel crisis. The whole Brexit saga seems to have been…