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I am very pleased to announce the publication of my latest book, “A Psalm A Day”, a reflective study of the Book of Psalms, interspersed with a daily journal through the spring and summer of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the UK.
As the Bank of England, like the rest of the UK, looks forward to and starts to get ready for a return to greater normality, it has much to do to make sure that it is fully in the right shape for what that more normal life will bring.
Last week’s announcement by President Macron of France of the closure of the elite École nationale d’administration (ENA) may seem to be an odd thing for us to choose to write about in a week when HRH Prince Philip has died, and on the very day when, in England at least, the latest relaxations of the social distancing restrictions take place. But we think it says something important about France, and prompts equally important reflections on Britain too.
Last week, the EU and the UK stepped back from outright confrontation over the distribution and trade in vaccines against Covid. But the episode has added further fuel for critics of Ursula von der Leyen’s leadership of the Commission, and is revealing of deeper issues in the EU itself.