Mr Johnson has been disarmingly forthright about his own limitations, joking that his first task was to purchase a guide to economics.
Does depend which one of course.
One correspendent to this blog revealed a story about Roy Hattersley from a show with Andrew Marr a couple of weeks ago. Despite his having studied economics 60 years ago, and having been Sec of State for Prices and Incomes (or some such) he had only just, at his advanced age, come across Wealth of Nations: and seemed entirely unaware of the existence of the Theory of Moral Sentiments.
So, given that one can, clearly, have what is considered to be an education in economics without actually having an education in economics, what book would we recommend be bought for Mr. Johnson?
Who knows, we might even splash the cash and purchase it for him: having a Shadow Chancellor who is even vaguely informed about the subject would be of benefit to us all.
So, my two nominations are \”Economics in One Lesson\”, Henry Hazlitt, or PJ O\’Rourke\’s \”Eat the Rich\”.
And your nominations are?