Magazine article The Spectator

The Market Is Flooded with Single City Boys

Magazine article The Spectator

The Market Is Flooded with Single City Boys

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Venetia Thompson says that if you don't mind slumming it for a bit, you can snap up an out-of-work banker or trader whose stock is sure to rise soon

I'm back behind enemy lines in the Square Mile, thankfully nowhere near the trading floor I used to inhabit, but in a place nearly as terrifying: Coq d'Argent, the City restaurant synony-mous with suicide attempts. Perfect backdrop then for a first date who, within five minutes, utters the immortal words: 'You know, there is an upside to unemployment. Since being made redundant, I have finally been able to get around to focusing on my love life. This is my first date in years!'

CreditCrunched69 is 32, a former trader looking for love, like the thousands of other displaced City boys who are flocking to online dating sites such as match. com in an effort final-ly to secure a wife now that they are jobless and have nothing better to do. While their head-hunters - or dole officers - frantically scour for suitable vacancies, CreditCrunched69 and his cronies have become professional romanc-ers redirecting their pursuit of profit into a determination to find the elusive 'one'.

I came across my date's profile while sifting through the 'thousands of single, hot, intel-ligent men' that most dating websites boast they possess. His interests were: galleries, the theatre, classical music and long walks in the country. Pre-recession it was all cocaine, cars, strippers and Spurs. What a difference redun-dancy can make.

Dig a little deeper and you will find plenty of credit crunch casualties now dating online, with seemingly every profile containing the words 'in finance' under 'occupation'. …

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