Sir Samuel Brittan obituary

FT economics columnist and author who influenced Wilson and Thatcher

“No one is more senior to another on this paper, except for Sam Brittan.” Thus spoke Sir Gordon Newton, the longtime editor of the Financial Times, when one of his staff was claiming precedence over another.

Newton was referring to Samuel Brittan, his prize economics commentator, whom he had hired as part of a graduate recruitment policy in the 1950s, among a formidable crop that included Nigel Lawson and William Rees-Mogg.

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