Martin Vander Weyer

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

David Cameron leaves the headquarters of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in 2008 (Photo: Getty)

We must play the blame game over HBOS. How else will bankers learn?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Everyone remembers the names of Applegarth of Northern Rock and Goodwin of RBS, but history may judge the HBOS men…

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The micro-businesses that give me hope for Belfast

21 November 2015 9:00 am

At Stormont on Saturday, we observed a minute’s silence for the dead of Paris. Our conference group of Brits and…

Asking the right questions

14 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Forecasting is a mug’s game’ is a dictum often heard in the financial world, yet more often ignored. As our…

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If the world economy crashes again, blame the central bankers

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Like the Christmas pudding sampled by Hercule Poirot at Kings Lacey — but six weeks early — our Spectator Money…


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…


With heavy industry all but extinct, what are factories for in 21st-century Britain?

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Our heavy industry days may have gone, but we lead the world at hi-tech wizardry, says Martin Vander Weyer


TalkTalk shows us the internet is only three clicks from anarchy

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m not a customer of TalkTalk, the phone company which revealed last week that a hacker had potentially compromised the…


Heathrow’s third runway could still be halted – here’s how

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The Great British Runway final between Heathrow and Gatwick is beginning to look like a game of two halves. The…

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The spectre haunting George Osborne

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Rather more attention was paid last week to the strange position of George Osborne’s feet than to the dark shape…

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Finally, a business rates reform! If only I knew what it meant

10 October 2015 9:00 am

This column has repeatedly cried that something must be done about business rates. Yes, it’s fair to ask businesses, as…

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Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…

Choices, perspectives and dreams

3 October 2015 9:00 am

After pension rules were relaxed by George Osborne in April, savers were reported to be ‘cashing in their pension pots’…

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Our terrified central bankers have sat on interest rates long enough

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When news broke last Thursday evening that the US Federal Reserve had decided to keep interest rates on hold, I…

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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…

Membres of a delegation from the Confederation of British Industry arrive at 10 Downing Street. From left: Sir John Greenborough, the CBI President, Sir Donald McDougall, Sir Adrian Cadbury and Mr H Astley Whittall (Photo: Getty)

How Britain still gets boardrooms wrong

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Sir Adrian Cadbury, who has died aged 86, is remembered as the author in 1992 of a first stab at…

Well not quite but it's some good news

The good economic news that we forgot in the China panic

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home from the hot Aegean, huddled by the fire as rain ruins the bank holiday weekend, I’m thinking: what gloom…

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Sorry, but I can’t join in the China panic (especially not while I’m on a cruise)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

 MS Queen Victoria, 38°N 19°E I’ll do my best, but I’ve got to be honest: being surrounded by shining Ionian…

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Why the boffin behind the Brompton is Britain’s greatest living designer

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir Jony Ive of Apple or Sir James…

Nuclear power plant

The triumph of nuclear weapons – and the defeat of nuclear power

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I visited the black marble obelisk which marks the epicentre of the explosion, and I saw the plain domestic wall-clock…


This time we really are getting tough on dodgy bankers (just don’t expect it to reach the boardroom)

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Fourteen years is a long stretch. The punishment imposed on former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes for his role…

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I remember Nikkei’s journalistic values – and I’m not sure they’re much like the FT’s

1 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s nearly 30 years since I worked in Japan, but I still have a few words of the language and…

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Why the City might yet miss stroppy regulator Martin Wheatley

25 July 2015 9:00 am

A City insider at last month’s Mansion House dinner told me the Financial Conduct Authority had become ‘a bit of…

Iranian Foreign Minister,  Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, negotiate a deal with world powers in Vienna (Photo: Getty)

Some good came out of the negotiating chamber this week, but it concerned Iran rather than Greece

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As an occasional lecturer on the abstruse topic of the efficacy of sanctions in conflict resolution, I find myself much…

George Osborne meets former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (Photo: Getty)

A Budget to show how it should be done – as the Greeks show how it shouldn't

11 July 2015 9:00 am

George Osborne’s Budget was good politics: not so much in terms of tactical point-scoring, though there was plenty, but in…

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Christine Lagarde didn’t create the Greek crisis. But she might not survive it

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The Greek drama took a turn few of us expected last week, when the world thought compromise was imminent. What…