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Brittan and Europe

The former Chancellor, falls out with his old friend Samuel Brittan over Europe, but still finds much to applaud in his latest collection

By Nigel Lawson   January 1999

More than 40 years ago, Samuel Brittan and I joined within a week or two of each other the editorial staff of the Financial Times. He soon became (and remains) the leading British commentator on the passing economic scene, and the issues which lie behind it, contributing more to our understanding than at least 90 per cent of academic economists and acquiring in the process a unique international reputation. But his interests have always extended far beyond the purely economic, as these essays, addresses and papers from the past couple of years bear out.

His critique of so-called communitarianism, a…

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