Economists say King should prepare for BoE top job

ARTICLE - Wanted from Spring 2003: a safe pair of hands to steer British monetary policy through economic storms and likely turbulence over European monetary union.

Economists polled by Reuters would encourage Mervyn King, deputy governor of the Bank of England, to apply for promotion to the top job at Britain's central bank.

And they say King is the candidate that Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown will probably choose to succeed Sir Edward George as governor.

Speculation about the BoE po