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Samuel Brittan (1933–2020): A master of his trade


Samuel Brittan (1933–2020): A master of his trade – Central Banking

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L to R: Sir Samuel Brittan and Sir Leon Brittan

Sir Samuel Brittan (left), with his younger brother Leon

Sir Samuel Brittan, who died on October 12, was the most articulate exponent of economic liberalism of his generation and a wonderfully warm and witty man. Although starting his professional life as a Keynesian – he always kept a passionate commitment to full employment – he was among the first to bring the insights of monetarism to the attention of policy-makers. This was in the early 1970s when he understood that the attempt to spend the economy into full employment would bring about not just

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