Martin Vander Weyer

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

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…

Can Melinda still keep Bill Gates in check?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We are seeing very substantial inflation,’ the great investor Warren Buffett told shareholders in his master company Berkshire Hathaway at…

Who’s really to blame for the Post Office scandal?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The alleged frauds for which the Post Office prosecuted no fewer than 736 of its sub-postmasters has turned out in…

Crypto is a virtual Vegas whose towers must fall

24 April 2021 9:00 am

What should we make of the valuation of Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange listed on Nasdaq last week at $80 billion…

Can the ‘next Bicester Village’ take off without tourists?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Retail footfall will be the first measure of recovery this spring. Everywhere I look, from central London to small-town Yorkshire,…

Was Deliveroo the most embarrassing flop in City history?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The market emphatically endorsed my negative opinion of the Deliveroo share offer, which bombed from its offer price of 390p…

Why I won’t invest in Deliveroo

3 April 2021 9:00 am

‘The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism — because of greed, my friends.’ So Boris Johnson…

Are we entering a new era of fractured trade?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Just as the auto industry embraces the electric future I wrote about last month, it hits a new crisis: a…

Can John Lewis and Waitrose really remain partners?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Historians of unforeseen crises talk about ‘chaos theory’ and the ‘butterfly effect’, in which a small perturbation far away —…

Are Wall Street’s ‘Spacs’ about to make waves in the City?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

This column generally takes a sceptical view of financial novelties and gimmicks. So my antennae have twitched in recent days…

The case for keeping business taxes low

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why should business pay tax at all? That’s a provocative but forlorn question to ask in Budget week. Business pays…

The car industry is accelerating towards an electric future

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Back in November, when Downing Street’s pandemic responses looked daily more incompetent, the announcement of a ban on sales of…

The City is losing its battle with Brussels and Amsterdam

20 February 2021 9:00 am

No sign of progress towards a workable deal with the EU for financial services, on which news is due next…

Why it’s a good time to invest in a pub

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s obvious from the body language of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey that negative interest rates — much talked…