Darling of the banks

Alistair Darling, the man widely viewed as the ‘‘safe pair of hands’’ who succeeded Gordon Brown as British Chancellor of the Exchequer, will not have expected to have those hands so full so soon.

22nd September, 2007

Alistair Darling, the man widely viewed as the ‘‘safe pair of hands’’ who succeeded Gordon Brown as British Chancellor of the Exchequer, will not have expected to have those hands so full so soon.

Darling built his reputation on his effectiveness in cleaning up the messes left by his predecessors in other departments, but he had expected his new portfolio to be different.

‘‘This is the complete opposite in that it...

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