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Adair Turner: a useful public intellectual

By David Goodhart  

Turner: a deep thinker

Adair Turner has done public debate (and Prospect magazine) a big favour by spelling out carefully and coherently what many people have long felt intuitively about the British financial system. He may not be correct in everything he said (although he has been most commonly attacked for something he didn’t say: that the British authorities should unilaterally impose a Tobin tax, instead he specifically said that such a tax would require a global agreement). But he has helped to broaden and deepen a debate…

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