oil

An oil price spike doesn’t mean a recession is on the way

21 September 2019 9:00 am

An oil price surge from $60 to $72 per barrel, as happened after the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

How is the country split over Brexit?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

German customs The original customs union, or Zollverein, was established by Prussia along with 17 other states which make up…

‘The Break-up of the Ice’ by Claude Monet

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Whenever I find myself visiting some great historic house, I always like to break off from gawping at tapestries to…

‘Spray’, by Harold Williamson (1939)

Nothing is quite what it seems

19 August 2017 9:00 am

One day, somebody will stage an exhibition of artists taught at the Slade by the formidable Henry Tonks, who considered…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Algy Cluff is the longest-serving oilman in the North Sea. He was one of the first to drill for oil…

A lesson from Italy on the futility of referendums

23 April 2016 9:00 am

As we prepare in Britain for our momentous referendum in June, Italy has just had one. It happened last Sunday…

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on windmill-slaying, North Sea oil and the EU

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Amber Rudd isn’t a flashy politician; her office at the Department for Energy and Climate Change has almost no personal…

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

   Quebec City Canada is about to hit a new high. If the supercute 44-year-old prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has…

All the signs point to a new recession – a worse one

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Just after last year’s general election, George Osborne delivered a budget that he hailed as proof that his policies were…

Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

Iran can’t be trusted

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Iran is, beyond doubt, a sponsor of terrorism and this week it has been made much stronger. It has (again)…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happened to America’s desert kingdom? In the four months since Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud became king of Saudi…

As oil prices plunge, I want to profit from the next spike. Here’s how

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Buy jerry cans and fill them while you can. You won’t want to be caught out by the great oil…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street…

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Is international conflict really just a fight over oil? It sometimes seems that way. In Syria and Iraq, the militants…