The business - Patrick Hosking reports that tobacco is in fashion
By Patrick Hosking - 14 July 13:00

Did you think the smart money was going into new ideas that improve the lot of mankind? You'll be sh

The business - Patrick Hosking sizes up "Steel Nerves Merv"
By Patrick Hosking - 07 July 13:00

"Steady Eddie", outgoing governor of the Bank of England, has barely put a foot wrong. Can his succe

The business - Patrick Hosking reveals the perks of pensions
By Patrick Hosking - 30 June 13:00

When the value of pensions is falling, why do ordinary people have to fork out for lunch, fine burgu

The business - Patrick Hosking adds up our losses to the bank
By Patrick Hosking - 09 June 13:00

The banks slow down the processing of payments to a pace at which they can mug us: the loss of inter

Why fat cats are bad for business
By John Kay - 02 June 13:00

Abnormal greed used to be thought a personality defect; only recently has it been touted as the well

Mark Thomas on deaths in the workplace
By Mark Thomas - 02 June 13:00

Company directors whose employees die on the job because of their negligence should be jailed: the p

Vice in the boardrooms
By Staff blogger - 26 May 13:00

It is no doubt an example of that old socialist vice, envy, which causes us all to take such an interest in the high remuneration of boardroom executives, and particularly in the £3.06m annual remuneration and £15m-£23m pay-off entitlement of Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of GlaxoSmithKline.

The business - Patrick Hosking wants the Olymics to go elsewhere
By Patrick Hosking - 26 May 13:00

Remember the BCCI scandal? Amazingly, the litigation is still going on, 12 years later, and the whol

Special Report - Behave responsibly, by order of the law!
By Roger Cowe - 26 May 13:00

<em>Corporate Social Responsibility</em> - Should companies be legally required to consider social a

A global soul
By Salil Tripathi - 19 May 13:00

Empires of Profit: commerce, conquest and corporate responsibility

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The business - Patrick Hosking asks Gerry Robinson to be gentle
By Patrick Hosking - 19 May 13:00

Gerry Robinson's last act at Granada was to get £1.3bn of new capital from investors. They have now

When Big Brother just can't cope
By Nick Cohen - 19 May 13:00

The Criminal Records Bureau was meant to make us safer by checking the pasts of teachers and social

The business - Patrick Hosking wants banks to work at weekends
By Patrick Hosking - 12 May 13:00

Shops open, planes fly, and newspapers get printed at the weekend. So why can't banks hire a few peo

The business - Patrick Hosking grapples with the politics of envy
By Patrick Hosking - 05 May 13:00

The shareholders rebelling against excessive boardroom pay were not a mob, consumed by the "politics

Learn to love the lorry
By Dave Young - 28 April 13:00

Dave Young, a former truck driver, argues that, in a service economy, rail isn't the solution to mov

The business - Patrick Hosking coos over Brown's baby bonds
By Patrick Hosking - 21 April 13:00

Politicians normally rob future generations to please existing voters. So there's something noble ab

NS Essay - 'Capitalism itself is a false target; the evil is the form we have now, which Jefferson, Madison and Keynes all warned against'
By Colin Tudge - 21 April 13:00

Even Gordon Brown and Clare Short want corporations to get stuck in to poor countries and make them

How the private sector failed to deliver
By Francis Beckett - 14 April 13:00

Business, ministers insisted, would do a better job of running the state schools than local councils

The business - Patrick Hosking finds insurance fat cats unashamed
By Patrick Hosking - 14 April 13:00

We need big shareholders in top companies, such as the Pru and Legal & General, to curb the bosses'

The business - Patrick Hosking finds his aunt's nest egg
By Patrick Hosking - 07 April 13:00

At the HSBC extraordinary general meeting, the directors' level of absenteeism was 48 per cent. Woul

The strange rebirth of a forgotten idea
By David Boyle - 07 April 13:00

Why is the country so short of money that we can't even rebuild the London Tube? Because we allow th

The business - Patrick Hosking asks who decides executives' pay
By Patrick Hosking - 31 March 13:00

Attempts to regulate boardroom pay have spawned an entirely new industry: one company has hired five

The business - Patrick Hosking
By Patrick Hosking - 17 March 12:00

Whatever their losses on junk bonds and the like, banks can still rely on credit cards to pull in mo

A different use for profit
By Glenys Thornton - 17 March 12:00

Glenys Thornton on why social enterprise needs help from <em>EastEnders</em> and <em>Coronation Stre

The business - Patrick Hosking applauds a barbarian at the Bank
By Patrick Hosking - 10 March 12:00

If Abbey National made so many mistakes with its shareholders' money, why is it that the non-executi

Where your Mercedes comes with a helicopter
By Liz McGregor - 03 March 12:00

Carjacking, the number one crime in South Africa, makes for unusual security measures, reports Liz M

Bee Wilson praises the tinned tomato
By Bee Wilson - 03 March 12:00

The inconstant, ever-changing tomato is a mirror of British capitalism

The business - Christopher Huhne sees Britain lagging behind
By Christopher Huhne - 03 March 12:00

Gordon Brown should stop wagging his finger at our European partners. As the New York taxi drivers w

The business - Patrick Hosking praises a fat cat's honesty
By Patrick Hosking - 24 February 12:00

It's true that private shareholders ask ignorant questions at company AGMs, but that's mainly becaus

The business - Patrick Hosking on the business view of war
By Patrick Hosking - 17 February 12:00

The business world will be happy with war, and just as happy with peace. What it can't stand is all