Today's Guardian has a profile on Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, by Ashley Seager: At school he was a very studious boy and very bright- it was clear that he would go a long way. Apparently he's no softie:
You mess with Mervyn King at your peril. He told an MP on a cross-party committee who suggested he had changed his views on the economy to ensure he got the governor's job: "The cynicism of politicians is not something you should visit on everyone else. I look forward one day to an apology."
He told legendary investor George Soros at the launch of the latter's latest book that it would add "nothing to the world's stock of intellectual knowledge". He does not suffer fools gladly. This has meant he has not always had a smooth path at the Bank. He has clashed with staff whose views differ to his. "He can be pretty ferocious," said a former staff member.