The London Institute of Banking & Finance was delighted to welcome Lord Alistair Darling as the guest speaker for the 2nd annual Grunfeld Lecture at Haberdashers Hall.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer (2007-2010) addressed delegates with a fascinating talk about his own time in Government and how the seeds of the financial crisis sowed the volatile political discourse we have experienced from 2016 onwards.
Lord Darling spoke at length about the current political climate and the effects of referenda in terms of driving agendas, following his experiences of leading the “Better Together” campaign in Scotland in 2014.
The financial crisis and its immediate aftermath were also covered, with Lord Darling offering some enlightening anecdotes about his time in office and the machinations of the inner Government in response to the prospect of the breakdown of the global financial system.
The Henry Grunfeld lecture is held each year in honour of the former financier, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and subsequently became the co-founder of investment bank S.G. Warburg, based in the City of London. As such, we were delighted to also welcome his grandson Mark Lewisohn, an esteemed banker in his own right, to make the opening address.
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