Leaving on a high note – King backs Jane Austen as face of £10

SIR Mervyn King has ended his tenure at the top of Threadneedle Street on a high note, literally, after hinting that author Jane Austen may replace scientist Charles Darwin as the face of the Bank of England’s £10 notes.

Sir Mervyn said the author was “quietly waiting in the wings” to replace Darwin, but the final decision would be left to new governor Mark Carney, who was spotted in Basel yesterday ahead of his arrival at the Bank on Monday.

But would Sir Mervyn’s non-committal endorsement have been well received by the author herself, The Capitalist wonders? Probably not if her words in Mansfield Park are anything to go by: “I cannot think well of a man who sports with a woman’s feelings,” wrote Austen.