Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate

29 June 2015 18:27

Never let it be said that Jeremy Corbyn is the most anti-business of the four Labour leadership candidates. The left-wing politician appeared to endorse BT today on Twitter: So, is… Continue reading


The Labour leadership checklist

19 May 2015 13:04

There seems to be a checklist for Labour leadership hopefuls which all of them are very keen to tick off. When launching a campaign, a candidate must say that their… Continue reading

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Labour’s business battle shows how small its circle of support is

4 April 2015 13:08

I have never been impressed by round robin letters, so if Ed Miliband had shrugged off the letter to the Daily Telegraph this week signed by 103 businessmen with the… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Should Labour dismiss a letter from 100 business chiefs?

1 April 2015 10:35

The Labour reaction today to the Telegraph’s high-volume splash on 100 business leaders warning about the dangers of a Labour government has largely been along the lines of ‘how interesting,… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Ed Miliband to Cameron: show us your EU renegotiation policy

19 February 2015 15:07

Ed Miliband has sent an angry letter to David Cameron this afternoon, demanding that he ‘set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building… Continue reading

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Labour finally starts to articulate its vision for British business

10 February 2015 13:59

Why isn’t Ed Miliband at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference? Ed Balls tried to defend his boss this morning as he arrived at the event, saying it was… Continue reading

Ed Balls Kill Bill

Balls forgetting Bill is far less of a problem than Bill being Balls’ only supporter

4 February 2015 9:04

To be fair to Ed Balls, everyone forgets names from time to time. ‘His surname has just gone from my mind at this time of night,’ said the Shadow Chancellor,… Continue reading

Britain Alliance Boots

Why Labour thinks its battle with Boots is important – and what it needs to do next

3 February 2015 20:01

Labour seems pretty keen to prolong its row with Boots chief Stefano Pessina. We’re on day three now. After Boris Johnson weighed in on this on his LBC show, Chuka… Continue reading

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Can Labour afford a battle with Boots?

2 February 2015 8:46

Is Labour wise to go to war with the head of Boots for warning that a Miliband government would be a ‘catastrophe’ for Britain? The party, which has spent considerable… Continue reading

Ryanair Announces Large Order Of Boeing Planes

Michael O’Leary, my favourite anti-hero

8 November 2014 16:33

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has long been an anti-hero of this column. I loved his airline when it was consistently rude to me as a passenger, because it set benchmarks… Continue reading

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The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to its women employees to freeze their eggs so they can… Continue reading

The EU's sanctions seem to fall some way short of David Cameron's ambitions. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

22 July 2014 19:07

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh sanctions against Russia. The communiqué from today’s meeting of the… Continue reading

A £20 million prize (and a supermodel to boot)

Does the man who saved Burberry from the chavs deserve £20 million?

22 July 2014 10:00

There isn’t a single item of Burberry in my wardrobe, I’m afraid, so I was unaware until this week of the fashion genius that is the firm’s chief executive Christopher… Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show - Day 2

Monty Don, Kirstie Allsopp and Bear Grylls – we get the TV shows we deserve

22 May 2014 18:04

We’re now on day three of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year the BBC have taken their coverage to the max. As well as the quotidian hourly slot with… Continue reading

Harriet Green (l) and Jenny Dawson (r) at last night's Women of the Year Awards.

Women will inherit the earth

13 May 2014 15:44

Mr S unleashed his inner-feminist at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Awards last night. Veuve Clicquot president Jean-Marc Lacave was clearly feeling equally empowered by the opposite… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Visits Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

6 May 2014 16:52

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant AstraZeneca, but the American predator seems to be winning the… Continue reading

Co-operative Group Difficulties Continue After Lord Myners Resigns

Last rites for the Co-op Bank? As group announces record losses

17 April 2014 9:15

‘Care, respect, clarity and reassurance’ are what the Co-operative funeral service says it offers the bereaved, and the parent Co-op Group may soon find itself in need of just such… Continue reading


Nigel Farage missed the point about ‘young, able women’

20 January 2014 16:09

Nigel Farage isn’t afraid ‘to court controversy’ over the issue of women’s pay. Speaking on the issue of equal pay, he described how a pay gap exists because women who… Continue reading

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HS2 is a grandstand project – and the sums just don’t add up

24 October 2013 13:06

HS2 is a solution looking for a problem. Since its conception, HS2 has been a tale of shape shifting as first it was about time, then about bridging the north… Continue reading

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EU red tape push will give Cameron cover for renegotiation

15 October 2013 9:06

The government’s business taskforce will give a presentation today to Cabinet on its report on slashing EU regulation. David Cameron has already indicated that he will support the 30 recommendations… Continue reading

An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

Ed Miliband’s give and take away business strategy

24 September 2013 8:46

Far be it from anyone to criticise a party that wants to build more homes, but Ed Miliband’s plan to announce in his speech that Labour would build 200,000 new… Continue reading

Mark Carney 'chillaxes' at the Wilderness Festival this weekend.

Institute of Directors trial the end of the suit

13 August 2013 17:43

Is this the end of business attire? The slow degradation of the standard issue suit has reached the Institute of Directors — the Pall Mall-based bastion of all things business.… Continue reading

Protesters gather at Trafalgar Square for a pro-immigration and rights rally earlier this year

Mass immigration or the welfare state? Because we may not be able to have both

2 August 2013 10:17

Formulating policy on the back of what you believe human beings ought to be like rather than what they tend to be like can have serious consequences. Mass immigration is… Continue reading

2009 Melbourne Cup Day

Summer party season begins

22 May 2013 15:39

Lord Bell opened the summer party season last night, with martinis on the back lawn of Lancaster House. It was a reception for the marriage of money and power. Norman… Continue reading

Chuka Umunna struggled to name business people who are supporting Labour

The only Labour business supporter that Chuka Umunna can name is a Labour peer

9 December 2012 14:07

Chuka Umunna’s interview on The Sunday Politics today highlighted several of the problems facing the Labour party. When Andrew Neil pressed him on whether he could name any heads of… Continue reading