Martin Vander Weyer

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

The Brexit bellwether will be the health of our car industry

26 March 2017 11:00

As I’ve said before, the bellwether of post-Brexit prosperity will be the health of the UK car industry, rather than…

White men grab the chairs

18 March 2017 11:00

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

Charlotte Hogg didn’t know what her brother did at Barclays. Why would she?

14 March 2017 19:02

It’s too late now, but I didn’t feel Charlotte Hogg made enough of her defence that until recently she didn’t…

How Philip Hammond’s National Insurance hike affects the ‘gig economy’

12 March 2017 10:00

You might argue that the self-employed enjoy less security than the employed, so it’s fair they contribute less; you might…

Mike Ashley isn’t the villain in the Agent Provocateur deal

11 March 2017 12:00

Another eye-catcher, not least for the gratuitous picture opportunities it offered, was the sale of Agent Provocateur to a group…

The joys of the Nokia 3310

5 March 2017 12:00

I’m eager to order a Nokia 3310, the classic mobile phone of the millennium that was relaunched this week. The…

A business rates rise benefits nobody

4 March 2017 12:00

I campaigned hard for a business rates review, and even tried to claim credit for it — or at least…

The Greek crisis continues to strike terror into the EU establishment

18 February 2017 9:30

I didn’t have to be Delphic to predict that the Greek crisis wasn’t over when an €86 billion third bailout…

Don’t bet on Trump putting a stop to the hounding of British banks

5 February 2017 9:00

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

If Trump fails to revive the American dream, then what?

29 January 2017 9:30

President Trump’s inaugural rant prompted me to reread Let America Be America Again by the black poet Langston Hughes, who…

Bitcoin is booming – is drug-taking the reason why?

8 January 2017 10:00

The FTSE 100 ended the year strong, at 7142, and reopened even stronger. For 2016 overall the index gained 14…

The story of Sir George and his santa girls

21 December 2016 8:30

Many (well, several) of you asked me what happened to George, the supermarket chairman who was the anti-hero of my…

Why workers on boards is a stale red herring

4 December 2016 9:00

‘We’re going to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well,’ Theresa May declared in July.…

The Brexit party game that’s fun for all the family

27 November 2016 9:00

Here’s a pre-Christmas party game. Each player comes up with a word to fill the blank in ‘If Brexit was…

It’s obvious who should pay for the Buckingham Palace revamp

26 November 2016 9:00

We’ve all had those moments when the electrician prods a wobbly plug-socket, sucks his teeth and says, ‘Lucky this old…

May and Hammond’s promises to business are just window-dressing

25 November 2016 13:00

Theresa May likes to give a kitten-heeled kicking to conference audiences, even when they are police officers or her own…

Leonard Cohen – not Bob Dylan – should have won the Nobel prize

20 November 2016 8:30

It’s rare for me to celebrate anyone’s financial misfortune, but if Leonard Cohen had not lost $5 million of his…

The Trump revolution is doomed to fail

19 November 2016 9:00

Sunday brunch at Hugo’s, a bustling Mexican restaurant with a mariachi band and a multi-ethnic clientele: at the next table,…

Trump shows 2016 is the year of the clown – which is good news for Ed Balls

12 November 2016 9:00

‘I have a horrible feeling he has enough gimmicks to be the wild card… I mean, he could go on…

Don’t panic, Jacob Rees-Mogg will never replace Mark Carney

5 November 2016 12:00

For Mark Carney to have returned to-Canada after five years as Governor, as he originally planned, rather than serving until…

The Big Bang did more harm than good

29 October 2016 13:00

As the 30th anniversary of Big Bang loomed, I found myself back at the scene of my City demise. Ebbgate…

Could Jacob Rees-Mogg replace Mark Carney at the Bank of England?

23 October 2016 9:08

Will Mark Carney go or stay? On appointment in 2013, he indicated he would leave the Bank of England and…

Donald Trump isn’t out of the race yet

16 October 2016 9:01

Speaking of which, who will be President Trump’s treasury secretary, and does it matter? After this week’s ‘locker-room’ revelations, the…

Flaming phones

11 October 2016 17:13

Is that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket, or are your pants on fire? The Korean manufacturer has…

Iceland the shop should be suing Iceland the country, not the other way around

1 October 2016 13:49

Iceland wants to sue Iceland for misuse of its name. The former is a north Atlantic island whose fishermen-turned-financiers set…