Industry

Is the UK auto industry only struggling because of Brexit?

17 January 2019 18:57

The popular new narrative for the UK auto industry is that its troubles are only temporarily to do with Brexit…

The Spectator at war: Keeping the nation sweet

5 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 3 October 1914: ALREADY we are engaged in the exacting task of creating an army during time…

Debate: will a robot steal your job?

18 June 2014 9:21

Was Karl Marx right all along about capitalism? One of the subjects I like to bore everyone about whenever I…

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…

Hurrah for National Tweed Day!

3 April 2014 14:27

As I’m sure many of you will be aware, today is a very important day: National Tweed Day. To be…

Grangemouth – six things you need to know

23 October 2013 13:10

1. Why have I heard of Grangemouth before? Its oil refinery is of huge strategic importance, providing 80pc of Scotland’s…

Vince Cable was relaxed about the detail of the proposed state-sponsored business bank. Picture: Getty.

Vince Cable calls time on ‘laissez-faire’

11 September 2012 9:40

Vince Cable’s speech on the government’s industrial strategy today is expected to signal the end of a ‘laissez-faire’ approach to…

Vince Cable's main priority is to ensure the Liberal Democrats have a distinct identity from their coalition partners at the next election. Picture: Getty.

Vince Cable’s differentiation strategy

10 September 2012 17:28

While Boris was busy upstaging everybody at the Olympic victory parade, Vince Cable was giving a rather earnest statement on…

The new politics of leaning on business

18 January 2012 9:20

Ed Miliband the consumer champion, the saviour of the squeezed classes. That, more or less, is how the Labour leader…

The green threat to growth

26 September 2011 16:03

Luciana Berger is a frequent speaker at this year’s conference and her creed is simple: tax energy use to tackle…

How to regulate the Internet?

24 June 2011 17:04

This week, the Open Rights Group launched a campaign against the proposed website blocking scheme between copyright holders and Internet…

The battle over the 4th carbon budget

16 May 2011 17:58

At the weekend, it appeared that Chris Huhne had won his battle with Vince Cable and George Osborne over whether…

Another European squabble looms

13 May 2011 13:07

There is much excitement in Westminster at the moment about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s campaign to end ‘discards’ under the Common Fisheries…

The Royal Wedding: across the web

29 April 2011 16:18

Here is a selection of articles on the Royal Wedding from around the web. For those, like me, who wouldn’t…

A new golden rule

3 February 2011 17:20

The last few days have given us enough evidence for a new economic rule: the better the news about the…

Deregulation is the path to growth

27 January 2011 12:08

The government’s decision to increase the period which employees have to serve before they can bring a case of unfair…

The China arms embargo should be discussed – though not lifted

12 January 2011 17:58

Today’s Times splashed on the spat between Britain and EU foreign policy “czar” Catherine Ashton over the embargo barring arms…

China in a bullshop

7 January 2011 15:22

As if to illustrate Pete’s post about the rise of China and India, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has just…

David Aaronovitch and the social conservative consensus

6 January 2011 18:34

David Aaronovitch is one of the preeminent voices of the liberal-left in this country. He is no social conservative and…

Cable shows his true colours

22 September 2010 9:07

‘[Capitalism] takes no prisoners and it kills competition where it can’. ‘Markets are often irrational or rigged.’ A snob would describe…