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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 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…

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…