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Adair Turner, the new radical

At first glance, Adair Turner appears to be the technocrat’s technocrat. But his ideas have a strong whiff of revolutionary thinking

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Adair Turner: in his new book, Between Debt and the Devil, he argues that society must kick its addiction to debt Picture: Bloomberg

Adair Turner – or Baron Turner of Ecchinswell, to give him his full title – is a rather unlikely revolutionary. A true technocrat, he has been a banker, a director of the McKinsey management consultancy, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry and head of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the now-disbanded financial regulator.

Yet Turner’s most recent book, Between Debt and the Devil, advocates ideas that the establishment would regard as utterly unthinkable....

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