Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part CXVI: Cityunslicker

Cityunslicker: a 33 year old man, married with 2 children and a bouncy dog. By day I work in the City in professional services and by night and early mornings have written the capitalists@work blog since 2006 (see here). The blog has two other contributors, Nick Drew and Bill Quango MP, who help to balance the load.

What made you decide to start blogging?

Wanting to discuss markets and capitalism with people, as I read so much stuff that was uninformed.

What is your best blogging experience?

In general, getting to know a lot more people through initial contact in the medium

And your worst?

Getting grief from Mrs Slicker about spending too much time blogging

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

There are 3 of us on the blog:
I think Nick Drew's on how the dominoes fall is superb. Bill Quango's Brownadder is great. Goldman saves the world for me.

Favourite blogs?

Devil's Kitchen
Blue Eyes
Tim Worstall
Mark Wadsworth
UK Bubble
Burning Our Money

What inspired you to go into politics?

Hmmm.....not really 'in' politics. Blog is about how politicians interfere with economic matters and sometimes vice versa. All three of us are Right wing /Libertarian voters though.

The Conservatives have stated that there will be thrift and cuts if they win the next election. Does this mean cuts in public services?

Whoever is the new government may well have to cut spending by up to 10%. If they do not, then the IMF will do it for them.

For all right-wing talk of how well Margaret Thatcher helped the economy, the Conservatives lost badly in 1997. That surely can't all be John Major's fault and how do you attribute that defeat aside from "We were in power for eighteen years"?

The Tories messed up with the ERM entry and the collapse of Sterling in 1992 was never forgiven. Economic incompetence loses elections. The Tories also lost their way with small scale sleaze and a failure to renew the party with new ideas. The similarities to today are astounding.

Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?

Japan - for the culture shock.

Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?

Hawaii, Maui in particular. Especially in march when the humpbacks are there for mating.

Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Conservative Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?

William Hague. Despite his previous bad experience as leader he is a man of great intelligence and wisdom. he also now has great experience of the good times and the bad. he would be a great Prime Minister.

Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?

Churchill, his vision and courage saved us.

Favourite Bond movie?

Moonraker - it is so camp and funny.

Favourite Doctor Who?

Pass, not that interested in DW.

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?


Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?

The Doors, I am too young to have ever seen them

In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?


Favourite national newspaper?

The Times

What would you say your hobbies were?

I have 2 very young children and another on the way, a job in London and a blog. No time for anything else at all. I guess maybe trading shares at a push; but is making money (or losing it) really a hobby?

And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?

1963 new order
move any moutain, the shamen
def con 1, pop will eat itself
Excession, Ian M banks
History of the Pelopennisian War, Thucydides
The Crusades, Christopher Tyerman


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