Martin Vander Weyer

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

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…

Metro Bank was the wrong model for its place and time

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This column has long been a fan of the concept of ‘challenger banks’ offering alternatives for personal and small business…

Let’s face it, we’d steal China’s secrets if we could

11 May 2019 9:00 am

On the matter of whether former defence secretary Gavin Williamson was the real ‘H’ in Line of Duty, I admit…

Why women make better senior bankers than men

4 May 2019 9:00 am

If you’re a bloke in a suit who’d like to apply for the governorship of the Bank of England (deadline…

We need an inquiry into the Elizabeth Line farce

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If you know my personal history with Barclays, you may be wondering whether I’m for or against Edward Bramson. To…

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Why passengers won’t mourn the passing of Virgin trains

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Virgin trains could be gone from the UK in November,’ blogged Sir Richard Branson from his billionaire hideaway after the…

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Germany’s economy is crashing – but its fall may help save us

13 April 2019 9:00 am

This is no time for schadenfreude — but take comfort from the fact that the UK isn’t built like Germany.…

UK business investment has nosedived – what’s to blame?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Business investment in the UK declined in all four quarters of 2018 to complete a year-on-year dive of 2.4 per cent,…

The real winner from Brexodus won’t be Frankfurt, Paris or Dublin

30 March 2019 9:00 am

How big is Brexodus — the flight of business and people from the City of London in parallel with our…

Merging two unhappy companies is a recipe for disaster

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It never works to take two unhappy companies and blend them into a bigger pile of misery. That’s the way…

What shares would a post-Brexit ‘Optimist Fund’ include?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

What’s the worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for no deal?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

What’s the very worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit? Not finance,…

The UK car industry is reversing back to the 1970s

23 February 2019 9:00 am

When I wrote a fortnight ago, in the context of Nissan’s decision not to build its new X-Trail model at…

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What would Keynes make of a looming no-deal Brexit?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘It is seldom wise to sacrifice a present evil for a doubtful advantage in the future,’ wrote John Maynard Keynes…

The Nissan move shows Britain is losing its competitive edge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Has ‘Jay’ Powell gone wobbly, or does he know something we don’t? That was the question being asked after the…

The super rich aren’t all bad – some even pay their taxes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…