Guest blogger – Matthew Bishop

by Maria on August 8, 2006

I am very pleased to be introducing a dear friend, Matthew Bishop, as CT’s guest blogger this week. Matthew is a fellow Fellow of the Twenty First Century Trust (Henry and I are also fellows.). His biog at the Economist tells us that, apart from being ‘Chief Business Writer/American Business Editor’ of that newspaper, Matthew has written several worthy sounding books. I can add to the official blurb that while Matthew was on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005 he met and briefed Angelina Jolie on micro-finance. Rmphf!

Also, and perhaps this is where the professionalism of journalists trumps us amateurs, Matthew is a consummate hack (in a good way). Several years ago, Matthew and I were at an after-dinner speech by a former prime minister of a slightly out of the way country. The PM’s heavies all wore Pele style mullets and insisted that the drink stop pouring during his speech. The speech went on and on. Several people nodded off. I believe Matthew snored, but maybe that’s embroidery on my part. I mostly stared into the middle distance and fretted about the lack of booze. The speech abruptly stopped. Our devilishly handsome chair thanked him and asked desperately for questions. Our minds were blank. The silence was painful. Someone gave Matthew a dig. He spluttered awake, took instant stock, and asked a very clever and well-backgrounded question on the politics of that country. What a pro. While others are asleep with drool on their chins, the hack is awake (just) and parlaying a little knowledge into a lot of kudos. That, I said to myself, is a man born to blog.



Daniel 08.08.06 at 11:00 am

Welcome Matthew! you may remember me from the annual letter I send to the Economist pointing out that the Big Mac is not a standardised commodity and it differs in fat content, recipe and even weight between locations in order to suit local tastes. I realise that the Big Mac index is a fun thing and part of the brand and all that but I swear that this is an important and fundamental flaw. I am not a loony.


engels 08.08.06 at 11:10 am

Speaking of fundamental flaws, The Economist is not a “newspaper”, it just claims, against common sense, to be one. It’s a magazine.


astrongmaybe 08.08.06 at 11:28 am

Pele might be accused of a few things, but having or having had a mullet isn’t one of them, unless I’ve missed something big.


Maria 08.08.06 at 11:37 am

How right you are, Astrong. To me, all footballers look the same and all have mullets (except dishy Zizou). But since you’ve shown me the error of my ways, I’ve learnt a lot about mullets from wikipedia. Heartfelt thanks.


astrongmaybe 08.08.06 at 12:59 pm

He did have a nifty proto-Afro during his days with the New York Cosmos, though he still had the faintly grandfatherly thing he had, even at 17. Google gives a startling image of a groovin’ Pele at Studio 54(!). Gol! Gol! Gol!

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