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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…

The RMT strike is a demonstration of what to expect in a Corbyn-McDonnell regime

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for a Governor of the Bank of England to announce his next job before Downing Street has named…

From Amazon to Waitrose: how do companies get their names?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Poor Mr Bergstresser. He put up the money to start the financial reporting company but his name wasn’t as snappy…

Jeff Bezos isn’t a resistance hero – he’s a ruthless monopolist

16 February 2019 9:00 am

It is tempting to view the blow-up between Amazon’s billionaire owner Jeff Bezos and David Pecker, publisher of the tabloid…

Justin Welby: Catholic or Protestant – who cares?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Justin Welby is working in Thomas Cranmer’s old study in Lambeth Palace, a room that looks as if it hasn’t…

Anyone seen Jeff Bezos? I’m here to talk to him about tax

17 November 2018 9:00 am

 Los Angeles/Seattle US stocks briefly rallied after the midterm results as markets looked favourably on a divided Congress and the…

Unilever’s botched plan to quit London leaves it open to hostile bids

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Unilever’s abandonment of plans to scrap its Anglo-Dutch corporate structure and leave London is a huge embarrassment for chief executive…

The record bull run must end soon. So is it time for a return to gold?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All good things must come to an end, including summer holidays and bull markets. The bull run in US shares…

It’s time to accept that companies such as Amazon are beyond shame

11 August 2018 9:00 am

‘There has to be a level playing field so that… Amazon cannot undercut domestic booksellers by using the tax advantage…

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

Sport will not survive if it keeps being sold to the highest bidder

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s just too hot and too early to get worked up about football, so the two highlights of the late-summer…

What’s bad for slick estate agents like Foxtons is good for working Londoners

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Those twice-weekly sales emails from Foxtons that the recent GDPR clean-up has failed to stop have lately been spattered with…

The Empire Windrush arriving from Jamaica, 1948, at Tilbury docks. Photo: Daily Herald Archive / SSPL / Getty Images

The excitement of emigrating on your own as a child

23 June 2018 9:00 am

There was one of those moments late on Sunday night when a voice is so arresting (either through tone, timbre,…

How I’d sex down the weather forecast

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I have, for utterly explicable reasons, not been asked to guest-edit Radio 4’s Today this Christmas. Had I, though, I would…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

Why the greatest innovations do only one thing, but do it well

12 December 2015 9:00 am

McDonald’s got rid of cutlery. Uber does not allow you to pre-book taxis. Amazon began by selling only books. Conventional…

Lest we forget

Portrait of the week

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Home The all-party Foreign Affairs Committee urged David Cameron, the Prime Minister, not to press ahead with a Commons vote…

Encounters with the nastiest people on the internet

6 June 2015 9:00 am

It is almost a century since the Michelin brothers had the brainwave of supplementing their motorists’ guide with information about…

The joys and sorrows of two-way ratings systems

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘J’ai failli attendre’ — ‘I almost had to wait’ — allegedly said by Louis XIV when his carriage drew up just a…

Jack O’Connell in ‘Unbroken’ — out next month — one of the few films today with a star writing team, the Coen brothers

How Hollywood is killing the art of screenwriting

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Cinema is tough right now for writers. Thomas W. Hodgkinson reports from the front line at the Austin Film Festival

Why does Amazon think my friend is a kidnapper?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

About four years ago, an irate father in Minneapolis walked into his local Target shop with a complaint. He wanted…

S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

How to tell a tech bubble from a tech revolution

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Technology investing has come a long way since the dotcom bust

I was forced on to the internet in the 1980s. I still don't belong there

1 March 2014 9:00 am

With regard to modern technology, I find that people of around my age — by which I mean people in…