Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Journal OF Lynton Charles FIDUCIARY SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Journal OF Lynton Charles FIDUCIARY SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY

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No Starbuck sits in an adjacent cubbyhole. He has gone off to be the executive director of EurOK, so that his trademark ten-mile-wide grin occasionally graces the TV screen in its own slightly troubling right. having missed out on the Leeds nomination, he believes that he cannot lose from working with assorted tycoons and trade unionists. Either he eventually gets a seat out of it or he'll wind up with a big money job, "helping the broader movement in some other, less specific way", as he disarmingly puts it.

Monday A new week, a new task, a new page -- a new era? I take up my pen again, although I am more careful about waiting till I am totally alone before jotting down records of conversations and incidents. Which is easier here, at the Treasury, because the place is so vast that my office -- which has a ceiling so high that I can't quite make out whether cherubs or maidens decorate the cornices -- is miles away from anywhere.

I have spent the whole of the past two months reading The Chancellor's Greatest Hits and various other economics texts. Beginning with The Economist's Paperback Guide to Free Market Economics for Beginners, I have worked my way through pages of diagrams, charts, theories and predictions until I felt my brains frying inside my head. At moments I have despaired of ever comprehending the relationship between micro- and macroeconomics.

The good news is that I am now sufficiently senior to rate a PPS. And the even better news is that she is to be none other than my own Lolita Balls, sister to Ed, wife to that famous young theatre director whose name temporarily eludes me, brightest star in the new Labour parliamentary firmament and someone who knows a hawk from a pension fund.

Tuesday In brilliant sunshine I walk down Whitehall, over Westminster Bridge and beside the river to the Chinese restaurant occupying part of the terrace level of the old County Hall. …

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