Blogs

There’s still hope for photography: Sony World Photo Awards reviewed

28 April 2017 17:57

Much has been said about the endless photographic mediocrity of the digital age. The infinite glossy ads, the stream of…

Is digital financial advice any good? Spectator Money investigates

28 April 2017 11:47

Financial companies, large and small, are trying to grab a piece of the burgeoning digital advice market. Also known by…

Best Buys: Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

28 April 2017 10:42

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds.

Books Podcast: How freakin’ zeitgeist are you?

27 April 2017 13:39

In this week’s Books Podcast, I meet the poet Murray Lachlan Young. In the 1990s, Murray became notorious: the first…

Scrapping the pension triple lock would be bad news for pensioners – and the Tories

27 April 2017 12:30

The wrangling over key policy areas in the upcoming general election has begun in earnest. If you’re already tired of…

New complaints data is a missed opportunity and will not help consumers

27 April 2017 11:21

Yesterday the UK financial regulator released complaints data for the second half of 2016. While this happens every six months, yesterday…

What’s happening in the world of personal finance? Spectator Money takes a closer look

26 April 2017 12:19

On any given day, there’s a slew of personal finance stories. The most eye-catching are the ones that make it…

Failing to bank online could cost you dear

26 April 2017 11:12

People who don’t bank online are more likely to face financial trouble than their more internet-savvy peers. That’s according to…

It’s time qualifications for estate agents became mandatory

25 April 2017 12:16

I’ll never forget the estate agent who tried to flog me my first flat. As I waited on the kerb in…

Should we compare pay slips? The inequality of earnings

25 April 2017 10:03

The most open of folk, who spill saucy secrets about themselves, clam up when asked how much they earn. Revealing…

Hold the front page: energy providers are against plans to cap bills

24 April 2017 13:35

I am inundated with press releases, emails and phone calls from PRs, all wanting to talk about their clients, the…

Don’t be an idiot like me: stop the auto renewals and save money

24 April 2017 11:28

I am an idiot. This is something my recent experience with Amazon has taught me. ‘How come we have Amazon Prime?’…

Spectator competition winners: Was Thomas Hardy a stalker?

23 April 2017 12:23

The call for letters from a fictional character to his, hers or its creator complaining about their portrayal brought in…

Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

Pope is planning to retire, say allies – but only once he’s appointed enough liberal cardinals

21 April 2017 11:42

Allies of Pope Francis are saying that he’s planning to follow the example of Benedict XVI and retire. But he’ll only…

Best Buys: Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years

21 April 2017 11:18

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Unsecured Personal Loans, £7,500 over five years.

Books podcast: The British boarding school

21 April 2017 10:46

“The happiest days of your life?” This week in the Books Podcast I ask the authors of two recent books…

The Spectator Podcast: Election special

20 April 2017 16:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss the two European nations that are are heading for the polls in the next couple…

The UK housing market is in ‘neutral gear’

20 April 2017 12:42

Mortgage Freedom Day. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Just imagine: no mortgage. I wonder what that…

Is luck-based investing a fool’s gamble? Spectator Money investigates

20 April 2017 11:50

I used to like aphorisms. Maybe a little too much. In the good old days, I sought them out on…

Your rights if you’re one of the 50,000 passengers kicked off a plane each year

19 April 2017 10:00

United Airlines will be cursing the day someone had the bright idea of building cameras into mobile phones. Video clips…

Five times Theresa May ruled out a snap general election

18 April 2017 11:53

Theresa May’s snap election, scheduled for 8 June, was unlikely for three big reasons. Holding off until 2020 would allow…

Is it time to take a close look at the prime London property market? Spectator Money investigates

18 April 2017 10:00

‘It feels like 2010,’ was the verdict last week of one seasoned operator in the prime London property market. What…

The BBC’s adaptation of Decline and Fall was near-perfect

15 April 2017 19:54

A politician once told me ‘You should try to remember to try to encourage us when we get things right…

Spectator competition winners: being dumped Alan Bennett-style

15 April 2017 11:00

The latest challenge was to submit a Dear John letter, in prose or verse, in the style of a well-known…