Roger Bootle, one of the City of Londons best-known economists, is the executive chairman of Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999. Additionally, he is a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly group chief economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed as one of the Chancellors panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called Wise Men. In 2012, Bootle and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel. Author of The Trouble with Europe (2015), he has written many articles and several widely acclaimed books on monetary economics, appears frequently on television and radio, and is a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He has a long and distinguished record of successful forecasting of major events and market movements, often in contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy of the time.
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This week the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will decide whether or not to extend its programme of quantitative easing (QE), ie buying assets with central bank money.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the book - rulers have always sought to reduce the coinages precious metal value.
Only when umpteen million of Europes unemployed and dispossessed find jobs and hope will the issue be over.