Samuel Brittan (1933–2020): A master of his trade

Robert Pringle looks back at the life of Samuel Brittan, the economic journalist and adviser to Central Banking

L to R: Sir Samuel Brittan and Sir Leon Brittan
Sir Samuel Brittan (left), with his younger brother Leon
Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

Sir Samuel Brittan, who died on October 12, was the most articulate exponent of economic liberalism of his generation and a wonderfully warm and witty man. Although starting his professional life as a Keynesian – he always kept a passionate commitment to full employment – he was among the first to bring the insights of monetarism to the attention of policy-makers. This was in the early 1970s when he understood that the attempt to spend the economy into full employment would bring about not just

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