'The two questions that anyone ever asks me are: "Are houseprices going to go down?" and "Is it a good time to fix my mortgate rate?"' (Answers: maybe, and yes, if you can't afford for them to go up) - and the fact that the economy simply isn't as interesting as it was in the Seventies and Eighties.
'Don't you ever wake up on a Monday morning and hope for a nice juicy story about a recession?' I say and he gets quite earnest and says, 'No, I really don't. I actually profoundly think the world's a better place when economics is fairly boring ... The more boring the better. We can do the fun stuff. The interesting stuff about business, and microeconomics and celebrities and their tattoos and whatever ...'