Martin began his career as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East. He’s now tackling business for The Spectator. Known as ‘Mr Cheerful,’ Martin sees a real business-led recovery – dismissing fears of a property bubble. He also thinks rates may have to rise before unemployment falls to 7%, and predicts an extended Conservative coalition in 2015. “David Cameron’s big problem in the second half of the decade will be energy crisis,” says Mr Cheerful.
Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor of The Spectator, the world’s oldest weekly current affairs magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Literary Review and other national publications.
Before turning his hand to journalism, Martin spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East - including a spell in Malaysia privatising an airline.
A highly experienced commentator rather than a technical economist, Martin agrees that a shift of resources from the bloated public sector to a more responsive private sector should bear fruit. But he also believes there are many in the City who should examine their consciences.
Martin is a Trustee of Opera North, and has written and performed in several plays. He is also author of Falling Eagle: the decline of Barclays Bank.
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JLA Speakers Breakfast - June 2011