Paul Fisher

I always enjoy reading speeches by Paul Fisher, executive director for markets at the Bank of England. They clearly set out his views and appear to come straight from the central propaganda unit of the BoE.  If you want to know the official line on the new Financial Policy Committee or macroprudential policy, read Paul’s speech from last night, for example.

The speech blames the lack of powers available to the BoE for officials’ inability to control the crisis, but reassures us that the new FPC is now seeing its recommendations implemented.

The logic of the speech is that the BoE’s voice could not work before the crisis so the BoE cannot be blamed. Yet voice is succeeding now, so the BoE must get the credit.

What is remarkable is that Mr Fischer seems to forget that the powers available to the BoE now are precisely the same as those available to the BoE in the crisis. New powers will come only when legislation is passed and certainly not until 2013.

Read the speech to feel the full righteousness of the BoE official line.  Or you can read the best quotes below. Read more

Claire Jones

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Public appearances

A busy week is in store for Jean-Claude Trichet.

On Saturday, the ECB president will speak at Jackson Hole at 17:00 GMT. On Monday, Mr Trichet travels to Brussels, where he will field questions from the European parliament on how to restore market confidence (some suggestions from Ralph Atkins and Chris Giles).

The president will be joined by Jean-Claude Juncker, Eurogroup president, Jacek Rostowski, Poland’s finance minister and Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs.  The hearing takes place at 13.00 GMT.

On Thursday, ECB executive board member Jürgen Stark is a participant in a panel on Europe and global competitionRead more

The Financial Times has an interview with Paul Fisher, head of markets, in tomorrow’s paper. Here are some initial impressions from an interesting chat, writes Chris Giles of the Financial Times Read more