Strip the Bank of England of its power | Jamie Whyte – Times Online

Writing in The Times on 2 July 2009, Jamie Whyte called for the Bank of England to be stripped of its power to set interest rates.

Via Strip the Bank of England of its power | Jamie Whyte – Times Online :

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, complained recently that he lacked the powers required to fulfil his new statutory role of ensuring stability in the banking system. A more powerful Bank of England would do a better job.

He is wrong. The economy would benefit from a weaker Bank of England, stripped of its principal power: namely, the power to set interest rates. This is not intended as a criticism of Mr King or of the other members of his Monetary Policy Committee. No one should be allowed to set interest rates.

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