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What Grayson Perry can teach the Bank of England

The Bank's mild-mannered Chief Economist, Andy Haldane, is bringing in some unlikely new advisers—including potters, poets and percussionists

By Tom Clark   May 2018

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

His office is nestled deep within John Soane’s revered neoclassical temple. There is a vast old desk of the sort that you’d expect to find a mandarin or even a general settled behind. Up on the walls, in gilded gold frames, are old-fashioned paintings of even more old-fashioned buildings.

In the corner, there’s a flip chart, with a bit of econo-waffle scribbled on it—“Phillips Curve, P, U*,” which stirs dim memories of dull lectures about inflation and unemployment. But then another scribble catches the…

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