Martin Vander Weyer

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

The Japan trade deal shows how desperate we are for investment

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A small cheer for Liz Truss’s treaty with Japan. It is, says the official press release, ‘the UK’s first major…

Wrecking the Brexit talks won’t help our fishermen

12 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Every country has a political problem with its fishermen,’ wrote Peter Walker, the Conservative minister who negotiated the first effective…

Now get off your sofa to help save the arts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Along, cold weekend brought a haul of business news more bad than good. The worst was from aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce,…

Zoom falling: has the video-call novelty worn off?

29 August 2020 9:00 am

A takeover battle for BT would bring much-needed excitement to the City — as well as a major political row.…

Has Downing Street calculated the real cost of quarantine?

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Doing the math, as the Americans say, became this column’s theme after I abandoned another planned trip to France. Seven…

The battle to tackle excess boardroom pay may already be won

15 August 2020 9:00 am

At a low moment in late March, I suggested that all large companies should consider temporary cuts in executive salaries…

In defence of Amazon

8 August 2020 9:00 am

We should take heart from BP’s £5.1 billion second-quarter loss, accompanied by a halving of its dividend. What’s good about…

Will retail giants outsmart the online sales tax?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

When I worked in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur long ago, my office looked across Jalan Tun Razak, a…

Is it too late to jump on the gold bandwagon?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The price of gold has been rising since the earliest virus reports from China in December. Adherents regard it as…

We’ll never know whether Huawei is still listening

18 July 2020 9:00 am

This column has been banging on about the peculiar nature of Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, ever since its expanded…

The extinction of the arts has been deferred – for now

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The government’s £1.57 billion lifeline for the cultural sector was bigger than most practitioners were expecting — and drew a…

Why Boris Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ won’t save us

4 July 2020 9:00 am

John Maynard Keynes looks down and smiles, recalling his own perhaps too-often quoted remark that ‘when the facts change, I…

Tinkering with VAT won’t make us trust the government

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Should Chancellor Rishi Sunak cut VAT as an emergency stimulus to the consumer economy? When Labour’s Alistair Darling made a…

Is there anywhere visitors will be welcome this summer?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Do stock markets foretell the future while politicians fudge and economists mumble? No: share prices collectively have a life of…

Who would want to come to Britain for a holiday now?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

All logic suggests that the 14-day quarantine for arrivals from abroad really is, as Michael O’Leary of Ryanair put it,…

Our theatres are dark – and in danger

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Car showrooms are open again: some dealerships, with a hint of forgivable hyperbole, report a surge of pent-up demand. And…

Bailing out businesses looks inevitable – but it’s not all bad

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Should the government be prepared to take equity stakes in major companies that will struggle to survive the current crisis?…

Rico Back’s departure is a first-class opportunity for Royal Mail

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The Royal Mail worker who rang my bell to deliver an Amazon package on Friday was wearing a glittery ball…

It’s mavericks like Elon Musk who’ll get us through this crisis

16 May 2020 9:00 am

This month’s most significant corporate deal attracted less attention than it might have done in normal times, crowded out by…

Now is not the time to throw money at airlines

9 May 2020 9:00 am

British Airways warns of 12,000 redundancies. Ryanair announces 3,000 job losses as ‘a minimum to survive the next 12 months’;…

Rishi Sunak must stick to his guns

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Was the Chancellor wrong to guarantee only 80 per cent, rather than 100, of ‘coronavirus business interruption loans’ to keep…

Will GSK show us what ‘purpose before profit’ really means?

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Keep your eye on GlaxoSmithKline. The UK-based multinational drug-maker represents the future, both as a mass-producer of the vaccines that…

A lesson in survival from pre-21st century Marks & Spencer

18 April 2020 9:00 am

When I wrote last week about business-to-business pain-sharing for survival, I was naturally thinking first about UK companies. I say…

At least some of the Chancellor’s promises are actually working

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The phrase ‘sharing economy’ was coined a decade or so ago to describe collaborative new business models made possible by…

Spare a thought for the poor estate agents

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The suspension of the residential property market is disheartening for those who were hoping to buy a first flat or…