Easter starts early for rock music-loving economists

As the prospect of a four-day weekend loomed large last Thursday afternoon, WSJ suspects many of the nation’s workers let their thoughts drift to the impending 96-hour hiatus.

But you would expect senior economists to be more resistant to such commonplace distractions.

And yet as 5pm approached, PwC senior economic adviser and former Monetary Policy Committee member Andrew Sentance appeared to enter the bank holiday spirit early by Tweeting a link to the video of ‘80s classic Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over.

“There is freedom within, there is freedom without,” he Tweeted, presumably singing along at the top of his voice in a deserted PwC office.

The very same evening, Sentance put his credentials as finance heavyweight on the line again, Tweeting: “Got fed up with watching #Generalelection debates and switched over to watch Fawlty Towers on UK Gold. Great improvement!”

The tweet is in stark contrast to Sentance’s usual strict social media diet of musings on economics and politics.

A more typical offering from the previous week reads: “UK GDP growth revised up – 0.6% in Q4 and 2.8% in 2014. Not sure many people predicted that, but I did based on consumption data.”

WSJ can only assume Sentance is stretching his wings now he’s free of the auspices of the Bank of England, which make you wonder – will governor Mark Carney switch from talking about financial stability to sharing videos of Canadian ice hockey triumphs once he departs Threadneedle Street?

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