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Sir Samuel Brittan

Economist, writer and Patron of Humanists UK

Samuel Brittan was born in 1933. He has been an economic commentator on the Financial Times since 1966. Prior to this he was economics editor of The Observer (1961-64) and an adviser at the Department of Economic Affairs (1965).

He is an honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and an honorary Doctor of Letters (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh). He has been visiting professor at the Chicago Law School, a visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and an honorary professor of politics at Warwick.

He has been awarded the George Orwell, Senior Harold Wincott and Ludwig Erhard prizes. He was a member of the Peacock Committee on the Finance of the BBC (1985-86). He was knighted in 1993 for “services to economic journalism” and also in that year became a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. His Financial Times column appears on alternate Fridays.

In March 1981, when 364 leading economists wrote a letter to The Times criticising Margaret Thatcher’s economic policy, Brittan was one of the few commentators to openly defend the Conservative government’s policy.

His many publications include: Left or Right: The Bogus Dilemma (Secker & Warburg, 1968); Capitalism and the Permissive Society (Macmillan, 1973); The Economic Consequences of Democracy (Temple Smith, 1977); Capitalism With A Human Face (Edward Elgar, 1995);  Essays, Moral, Political and Economic (Edinburgh University Press, 1998); Samuel Brittan, Against The Flow (Grove Atlantic Ltd., 2005).

See also his website

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