Money

Don’t let financial firms take you for a ride: shop around for the best deals

22 March 2017 13:12

Apathy. In a world where there are countless demands on our time, social media never sleeps and 24-hour news bombards…

The new era of pension freedom is a boon to the Treasury

14 March 2017 11:10

Savers cashing in their pension pots has led to the government raking in almost twice the tax it estimated the…

The self-employed power Britain. Tax them more at your peril, Philip Hammond

13 March 2017 12:56

Claudio Ranieri will go down in footballing folklore as the individual who accomplished mission impossible by winning modest Leicester City the…

New £5 million fund to help mothers returning to work is long overdue

8 March 2017 12:38

There’s a lot happening today. It’s International Women’s Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, and we’re right in the…

New Year, New You: cut the cost of getting fit

11 January 2017 11:54

Ah, January. The month when the nation’s gyms are full of red-faced newbies looking confused on the cross-trainer or baffled…

Don’t give in to New Year fad diets and fitness – they’re a waste of money

15 December 2016 12:22

It’s not long now until Christmas Day, that cherished time of year when we don our elasticated pants, break the…

Waiting for the delivery that never comes? You’re not alone

8 December 2016 12:27

Unless you work from home or are blessed with an understanding employer who offers flexible hours, waiting in for a…

A novel investment: why it pays to pay attention to the Man Booker Prize

21 October 2016 13:00

OK, I’ll admit it. I don’t like Margaret Atwood’s writing. In some circles, this is akin to saying you’re a…

The Archers. Credit: BBC

The Archers, financial abuse and THAT storyline

7 September 2016 12:23

Millions of us will be tuning in to The Archers this week to see if Helen is found guilty of…

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences

1 September 2016 11:27

If a pal turned to you for financial help, would you lend a hand? If you have the cash it’s…

Cheer up, you’re better off than you think

26 August 2016 10:22

‘I’m not loaded, I’m just ordinary,’ protested a wealthy friend of mine, when another chum teased him about his money.…

PANKs (Professional Aunt, No Kids) spend more than £350 a year on their nieces and nephews

17 August 2016 11:47

As acronyms go, it’s a good one. PANK. It stands for ‘Professional Aunt, No Kids’. I’m a fully paid-up member…

Want to invest in classic cars? You could be on to a winner

28 June 2016 10:49

I have a confession. I’ve been unfaithful with a Spanish beauty I met on the internet a few weeks ago.…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in…

World Cup diary – best tournament in years

10 July 2014 9:07

Sorry – bit of an interregnum in the World Cup diary, caused principally by England’s pathetic capitulation. But still the…

World Cup diary: England’s obscenely rich footballers don’t give a monkey’s

25 June 2014 9:46

What a fabulously boring England performance. I watched it only because I had this to write and now feel resentful…

No wonder the Labour Party is broke

19 May 2014 15:11

“We need to raise £66,000 to make…122,000 calls to Labour voters,” says a super-localised campaign email from the Labour Party.…

Drinkaware in Chelsea

12 May 2014 15:31

Kensington and Chelsea Council can do nothing to counter its reputation as the most affluent borough in London. In fact, it…

Jane Austen on banknotes – the right person for the wrong reason

26 July 2013 16:34

So the huge online campaign and (rather strange) legal action won in the end: Jane Austen is to appear on…

20% of all terrorist convictions in this country can be linked back to Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun network. Picture: Getty

Jane Austen! Why can’t we have Anjem Choudary on the new ten pound note?

25 June 2013 17:18

I see that they have gone for Jane Austen as the face of the new ten pound note, after a…

Shelf Life special: The Skidelskys

28 June 2012 17:15

Robert and Edward Skidelsky have written a new book for our times, How Much Is Enough? The Love of Money,…

A feast of Quantitative Easing

9 February 2012 12:25

Fire up the printing presses, once again. The Bank of England has just announced another £50 billion of Quantitative Easing,…

Lord Ashcroft’s warnings about David Rowland

19 August 2010 19:28

Here in Westminster, the David Rowland story is the talk of the hour. It seems that Lord Ashcroft and Michael…

Exclusive: Gordon Brown launches his public speaking career

18 August 2010 16:35

While Tony Blair has been pledging a slice of his massive post-PM earnings to The Royal Legion, a tale reaches…