Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Sir Samuel Brittan 1933-2020
_. Sir Samuel Brittan, who has died aged 86, was an economist, Principal Economic Commentator, Financial Times, from 1966 [Assistant Editor, 1978-95].He was born 29 December, 1933, a son of Dr Joseph Brittan, MD, by his wife Rebecca [nee Lipetz], and was an elder brother of Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne [1939-2015], sometime Conservative MP, senior member of Margaret Thatcher's government, Home Secretary, and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Samuel Brittan was educated at Kilburn Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge; held various posts in the FT 1955-61; Economics Editor at the Observer, 1961-64; Adviser, DEA, 1965; Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford 1973-74, Visitng Fellow 1974-82; Visiting Professor of Economics, Chicago Law School, 1978; Hon Professor of Politics, Warwick University, 1987-92; Member of the Peacock Committee on Financing in the BBC 1985-86; President, David Hume Society 1996-99; Hon DLitt Heriot-Watt University, 1985; Financial Journalist of the Year Award 1971; George Orwell Prize for Political Journalism 1980; Ludwig Erhard Prize [for economic writing] 1988; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, 1993. Publications: The Treasury Under the Tories, 1964, revised edition Steering the Economy, 1969, 1971; Left or Right: the Bogus Dilema, 1968; The Price of Economic Freedom, 1970; Capitalism and the Permissive Society, 1973, revised edition as A Restatement of Economic Liberalism, 1988; Is There An Economic Consensus? 1973; [with P. Lilley] The Delusion of Incomes Policy, 1977; The Economic Consequences of Democracy, 1977; How to End the Monetarist Controversy, 1981; The Role and Limits of Government, 1983; Capitalism with a Human Face, 1995; Essays moral, political and economic, 1998. Brittan was knighted in 1993.