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One in three Britons say Canadian BoE governor is ‘unacceptable’

Mark Carney 7 Feb Speaking

A new poll shows nearly one in three of Britons believe it is “unacceptable” for a Canadian citizen to be made governor of the Bank of England.

Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney is set to take over from Lord Mervyn King on Monday but a YouGov poll shows his nationality may be a factor in his approval ratings.

Chancellor George Osborne scoured the globe to find the best person for the job, turning down British candidates including ex-FSA chairman Lord Adair Turner and deputy governor Paul Tucker.

A total of 48 per cent of Britons support Carney’s appointment while 22 per cent are undecided.

Britons said the three best foreign nationalities for the Bank job are Canadian, Australian and American, while the three worst are Russian, Chinese and Iranian.

YouGov director of political and social research Joe Twyman says: “Mark Carney faces enormous challenges in his new role, and so the fact that a third of the British public do not think it is acceptable for a Canadian to be governor of the Bank of England probably is not at the top of his list of things to worry about.

“But in an increasingly globalised world it is perhaps no surprise that the Government has decided that considerations of national pride should take a backseat and instead they should get someone they regard as the best person for the job.”


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  1. chris satchwell 28th June 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I really give up on the UK. We continue to give everything away, including it seems our Banks.

    God help us if we rely on the other side of the atlantic to get us out of the crap Banks have created. The yanks are complete idiots and Canada is not far away from them now is it !!!

  2. I feel with Lord Mervyn King stepping down George Osborne will be very busy manipulating figures etc which he could not do when Mervyn was around. I am not saying Mark Carney is not up to the job, I am kinda saying he can only deal with information given and it is the information he gets for george that I beleive will not be fit for purpose. Mervyn was on top of geroge and I am sad to see him go.

  3. What percentage of people in the UK, have taken the time to understand what is required for the job and which UK based applicants would offer a better match?

  4. Thank god the job was not given to Lord Adair Turner. Anyone would be better! EVEN a Canadian!


  5. One third of the British Public! Firstly this is typical pollster nonsense. They haven’t asked the whole population. How big was the sample? Anyway heaven help us relying on anything the ‘British Public’ says or does. If what I see around me in the press on the TV and in the streets is anything to go by then for a very large proportion it would seem that the lifeguard was not on duty at the gene pool.

  6. @Hal
    Agree 100%
    Anyone but Turner

  7. Canada has one of the most stable economies in the world So why not. Lord Adair hand back your title

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