WHEN Andrew Sentance organised his book launch he had no idea it would fall on the same day as the GDP figures were released. Cue a lot of running around as the economist juggled appearing on Sky, the BBC, writing a column for City A.M. (see page 19) and dashing to present his book, “Rediscovering growth: After the crisis” at the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) in Westminster. “In the past week I’ve done more media coverage than I’ve done since I left the Monetary Policy Committee,” he told The Capitalist with a cheery smile.
CPS director Tim Knox gave his book the ultimate seal of approval, saying it was “written in English rather than economish”. But the Sentance, who is known for his love of rock, said there was one thing missing: “Some people might be disappointed with the lack of rock references in it”. And while the room was full of London’s business figures, including CBI’s director John Cridland and the British Chambers of Commerce’s director John Longworth, it was also seemingly full of the City’s budding musicians.
“We’re scouting for talent for our band,” laughed former Bank of England IT specialist Haydn Jones. Move over, Glastonbury, the City’s in town.