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Ed Balls used a war game to test plans prior to the financial crash

TodEd Balls speaking outay The Times published an extract of Ed Balls’ soon-to-be-published memoir, Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics, where he recounts playing a war game with Mervyn King and Callum McCarthy to test their strategy for a financial crisis.

Interesting to note that this game was played only a few short months before the collapse of the US housing market and the consequential financial crash experienced across the world. 

From Ed’s memoir:

It was a Thursday afternoon in late 2006. Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, Callum McCarthy, the head of the Financial Services Authority, and I were being presented with a dangerous and fast-changing financial war-game scenario, designed by our officials at my request to test out our mechanisms for dealing with a future financial crisis should one arrive. Read more >>

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Ann Romney to publish memoir this Fall

Ann Romney, former First Lady of Massachusetts and the founder of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will publish a memoir this fall detailing her experience with multiple sclerosis, Thomas Dunne Books announced on Wednesday.

According to her publisher’s statement, Mrs Romney “will share details from her initial diagnosis in 1998, through the highs and lows of her treatment to the sources of faith that gave her strength and ultimately transformed her life and that of her family. She’ll share the wisdom of others who have touched her life and inspired her to make what has been an astounding recovery.”

The proceeds from her book will be donated to the Ann Romney Center. Her previous book, “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions” was published in 2013, and was a New York Times best-seller.

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