I was delighted to discover at the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Dalian that the US Treasury representative in Beijing is called David Dollar. The Chinese suspicion that the World Bank is simply an instrument of American foreign policy might have been stoked by the fact that Mr Dollar’s previous job was country director for China at the Bank. Now he is back in Beijing, representing the US. And in Dalian, if he was ever in any doubt about his primary loyalty these days, he needed only to glance down at his name tag, and there it was – Dollar.
I’m sure there are lots of examples of people whose jobs and names coincide in this satisfying number. Ronald Reagan’s spokesman was called Larry Speakes. It was said that Reagan found it a useful reminder. What does Larry do again? Oh yes, now I remember.