John Welsh's articles

  • Insight

    A fragile plan for London

    17 April 2003

    If visitors to London's City Hall, home of the mayor and the London Assembly, are bored by the goings-on in the council chamber they can be distracted by the extraordinary view of the City of London through the windows of the vast Lord Foster-designed building.

  • Insight

    Brown's mixed message

    11 April 2003

    Everyone in business was rightly worried by this budget. Higher taxes on companies were supposed to be an easy way to raise money to pay for the war in Iraq. The landlords appear to have got off lightly while the occupiers have been hammered.

  • Insight

    Public downside to private life

    4 April 2003

    The rush of property companies moving from the publicly quoted sector to the private arena has become a defining moment for the industry, prompting the question: do people work in it just to make money?

  • Insight

    Big beasts head for extinction

    28 March 2003

    What a Wednesday. No sooner had John Ritblat let it be known that he will split his role as chairman and chief executive of British Land than Liberty's Donald Gordon steps up his fight against the shareholder bodies that are trying to boot him out

  • Insight

    Cure-all for council waste

    21 March 2003

    There were protests outside the auction room when Hackney Council tried to sell off its property to pay off its debts.

  • Markets

    Serviced office cloud has silver lining for tenants

    Property Direct March 2003

    Last year will go down as one of the worst on record for the serviced office sector (see p21 and p27).

  • Insight

    Canary fall affects us all

    14 March 2003

    Wednesday may well have been a black day for Canary Wharf, but it was equally black for the rest of us.

  • Insight

    Brits steer clear of Europe

    7 March 2003

    Walking around the London stand you might have thought it was at the centre of MIPIM.

  • Insight

    Our greatest fear is fear itself

    28 February 2003

    To read the Financial Times this week you would imagine that we are all doomed.

  • Insight

    Lessons learned the hard way

    21 February 2003

    Lorraine Baldry did her best as Chesterton's chief executive.