The ancient problem of the man who threw away £150m in bitcoin

13 August 2022 9:00 am

James Howells has spent years trying to persuade Newport council to allow him to spend millions digging up a rubbish…

The madness of El Salvador’s Bitcoin city

14 May 2022 5:30 pm

A golden city on the coast of the tropical Pacific. A metal walkway suspended above a verdant volcano. And a…

Crypto is dead

9 May 2022 9:06 pm

When Britain voted for Brexit, Macron boasted that Paris would eat the City of London’s lunch. It didn’t quite work…

Like it or not, cryptocurrency is here to stay

9 April 2022 9:00 am

There was a time when you could read a book to keep up to date about a subject. Well, that’s…

The Bitcoin delusion

8 November 2021 5:58 pm

Cast your mind back a few years to last week – when there was much laughing and wailing at the…

Will China’s ‘digital yuan’ reinvent money as we know it?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The rise of the digital yuan

Comedy gold: the economics of internet irony

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The economics of internet irony

The problem with investing in cryptocurrency

10 May 2021 3:00 pm

‘This time next year Rodney, we will be millionaires.’ If Only Fools and Horses was still being made I imagine…

Sell bitcoin, buy Tesla

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Which is madder, bitcoin at $41,500 — oops, make that $31,000 on Monday — or Tesla shares at $880 apiece?…

Philip Green will be remembered as a nasty stain on capitalism

5 December 2020 9:00 am

There really isn’t much left to be said about Sir Philip Green as his Arcadia fashion empire collapses into administration,…

Has Philip Hammond saved the high street? No – but every little helps

3 November 2018 9:00 am

How much did Philip Hammond’s giveaway Budget help dying town centres? Not enough, say campaigners, but let’s give the Chancellor…

Data breaches show we’re only three clicks away from anarchy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

An IT glitch afflicting BP petrol stations for three hours last Sunday evening might not sound like headline news. A…

Enjoy your feelgood summer while you can – there may be trouble ahead

7 July 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been on a mini-tour, full of echoes and warnings. First, to the Grange Festival in Hampshire, where we might…

Virtual currencies will be our salvation

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I never made it to Zurich but met up with Steve Bannon through the miracle of technology, thanks to…

How the Rat sniffed out £15,000 down the back of my virtual sofa

20 January 2018 9:00 am

It must be about 25 years since the Rat first made an appearance in The Spectator. He started out as…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

In defence of that £110 million bonus for the boss of Persimmon builders

6 January 2018 9:00 am

New Year’s Eve was certainly a day for celebration in the household of 53-year-old Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of the…

The skulking assassins of the London Stock Exchange

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The revenge tragedy at the London Stock Exchange whose plot I outlined last month has reached its third act, but…

Why oh why didn’t I buy more Bitcoin?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Every time I write about Bitcoin you can probably take it as a major sell signal. The last time I…

Up the Zambezi: why Rio Tinto’s colossal coal cock-up is going to court

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Another week, another blue-chip in the dock. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has brought fraud charges against London-based mining…

Maybe bitcoin isn’t the work of the devil, after all

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I confess to being an out-and-out Luddite when it comes to bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies. To the extent that…

One of the 444 airfields built during the second world war (Photo: Getty)

Heathrow and the strange, far-off days when Britain actually built things

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Heathrow. The whole British story is there. Reading up around that debacle last week, I came across the eye-watering —…

Do wars always start in years ending ‘14’?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Years of war Imaginative souls have tried to compared the situation in Ukraine with that which preceded the first world…

James Delingpole: Those bitcoin weirdos might just be right

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Here’s a thought to kindle a lovely warm glow of smugness and schadenfreude as we enter a new year: you…

Matthew Parris: Logically, bitcoin fans should love the euro. Why don't they?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Bitcoins have been in the news, after a story about an unfortunate fellow who jettisoned his computer’s hard drive that…