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July 20th, 2012
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From:maviscruet
Date:July 20th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
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In fairness to Gordon he was not a banker and does hold relevant academic qualifications to the post of chancellor....
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From:drdoug
Date:July 20th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, does he really? I thought his degree (an MA) and PhD were in History, and Wikipedia backs me up. Is there something I don't know about?
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From:caramel_betty
Date:July 20th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
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He worked for Royal Bank of Ireland, briefly. This involved passing an exam and a month-long training course.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/7112091/I-used-to-be-proud-to-be-a-banker.html
I'm proud to say, I was once a banker. Well, a bank clerk. Jobs were hard to come by in the Ireland of the Sixties, and clerking in the bank was none too shabby a start for a fresh-faced eejit just out of school.

It was either that or insurance, if you didn't want to emigrate, or spend what was left of your parents' money pretending to study for a degree that, in the end, would mean you'd have to take the mail-boat to Holyhead anyway.

It wasn't easy, getting in. You had to pass an exam and do a month-long training course before you were deemed fit to face the public, and then it was still several years before you were allowed up from the basement, where you were allowed to sort files and lick postage stamps, to blink in the unaccustomed light and actually meet the customers. Lean, hungry years where you were paid a pittance.
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Um, that's Terry, not Gordon
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From:caramel_betty
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, duh, I don't see the thread indents properly and my brain didn't kick in.
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From:maviscruet
Date:July 20th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I would appear to be wrong.

I shall commit suicide immediately to remove this stain from the Internet.
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From:oldbloke
Date:July 20th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
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I thought I was wrong once but it turned out I was mistaken
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