Before the election, King told the US ambassador that David Cameron and George Osborne were inexperienced and relied too heavily on a small number of advisers, according to cables released by the WikiLeaks foundation.
Cameron and Osborne, then leader of the opposition and shadow chancellor, also had a tendency to think about economic issues in terms of party political point scoring, King said.
Number 10 yesterday said Cameron was relaxed about the comments, a sentiment echoed by Osborne’s advisers at the Treasury.
And the Prime Minister’s official spokesman refused to condemn the Bank of England governor’s comments. Asked if King was doing a good job, the spokesman replied “yeah”.
However, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy voiced concern, saying he “has to take great care” with his opinions.
Danny?Blanchflower, a former member of the Monetary?Policy Committee and persistent critic of the governor yesterday called for King to resign.